VaginismusHypnotherapy and Hypnobalancing™ in Berlin
- Consequences of Vaginismus
- Types of Vaginismus
- Help with Vaginismus
- Other Classifications
Vaginismus refers to a sexual dysfunction among which women suffer. It is a condition where there is an involuntary tightness of the vagina during attempted intercourse. The convulsive, usually painful contraction of the pelvic floor muscles and the outer vaginal muscles of the woman can occur during insertion of the penis, when using tampons or in gynecological examinations. The intensity varies considerably, from unpleasant to unbearable.
The tightness is caused by involuntary contractions of the pelvic floor muscles surrounding the vagina. The woman does not directly control or will the tightness to occur; it is an involuntary pelvic response. Many women not even have any awareness that the muscle response is causing the tightness or penetration problem. It comes to a vaginal spasm due to involuntary narrowing of the pelvic floor.
Many affected women experience vaginal intercourse as painful, which makes sex life difficult and less fulfilling. In case of severe pain, sexual intercourse is avoided.
Vaginismus can begin during adolescence (primary vaginismus) or later (secondary vaginismus). As a result, many affected women choose other ways for their pleasurable and satisfying sexuality.
a. Primary Vaginismus
When a woman has never been able to have pain-free intercourse due to the involuntary contractions of the pelvic floor muscles her condition is known as primary vaginismus. Some women with primary vaginismus are unable to insert tampons or complete pelvic exams. Many couples are unable to consummate their relationship due to primary vaginismus.
b. Secondary Vaginismus
Secondary vaginismus usually refers to the experience of developing vaginismus a little later in life, after a period of pain-free intercourse. Vaginismus can be developed later in life, even after many years of pleasurable intercourse. This type of condition, called secondary vaginismus, is usually precipitated by a medical condition, traumatic event, childbirth, surgery, or life-change like the menopause.
It is usually the desire for pregnancy or more sexual fulfillment that makes those affected look for solutions. Good news: Vaginismus is highly treatable and a full recovery from vaginismus is the typical outcome of treatment.
Hypnotherapy with Hypnobalancing helps women with vaginismus to solve blockages, to work up possible traumatic experiences and to dissolve the self-sustaining cycle of anxiety and pain. The goal is the clear improvement of the subjective feeling and thereby positive physical reactions. Another option, which is well-suited to hypnotherapy, is to do appropriate exercises. If necessary, the gynecologist can give recommendations here.
Before starting a psychotherapy: Get medical advice, so that physical causes can be excluded.
Other specialists may use other terms referring to vaginismus such as:
A general term that refers to a condition where one is unable to have sexual intercourse. Vaginismus is one type of apareunia if it is completely preventing a penetration.
A general term that refers to a condition where there is pain during sexual intercourse. Vaginismus has been considered to be one type of dyspareunia but is closely associated with all types of sexual pain.
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