Vaginismus or vaginal spasm is a reflex cramping of the pelvic floor muscles. However, there are effective treatment methods that have changed fundamentally in recent years.
According to the nhs.uk,
Vaginismus is the body’s automatic reaction to the fear of some or all types of vaginal penetration. Whenever penetration is attempted, your vaginal muscles tighten up on their own. You have no control over it. Occasionally, you can get vaginismus even if you have previously enjoyed painless penetrative sex.
The treatment of vaginal cramps takes place on a psychological and physical level and is often very successful.
What forms of vaginismus are there?
A distinction is made between primary and secondary vaginismus.
While primary vaginismus is present from birth, the secondary form only develops over the course of life.
Possible causes of secondary vaginismus can be painful experiences during sexual intercourse or, more rarely, fear of gynecological examinations.
The severity of vaginal spasms varies greatly: In many cases, the spasm only occurs when sexual intercourse is attempted, but in other, much rarer cases, even inserting a tampon during menstruation causes problems. Since vaginismus usually has a problematic effect on a relationship, it should not remain untreated.
Treatment of vaginismus in Kenya
In the past, vaginal spasms were often treated with surgery because it was believed that the vaginal opening was too small. Today, however, treatment consists of psychotherapy and various physical exercises. For example, targeted training of the pelvic floor muscles can help to consciously release tension. In psychotherapy, possible psychological triggers can also be identified and treated.