(Maja Begovic/ Healthing) — Vaginismus is when the vaginal muscles contract involuntarily during penetration. It can happen during sex, making the insertion of a penis, or even genital touching, very painful. Vaginismus can also make using tampons uncomfortable.
Some people may experience vaginismus after gynecological surgery or radiation. In menopause, when estrogen levels drop, increased dryness may lead to these involuntary contractions. And while some may believe that a history of physical or sexual abuse is a risk factor for vaginismus , there is very little evidence supporting this in research literature.
Without a doubt, vaginismus can be a stressful experience and it can also put a strain on a relationship. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get as much attention as erectile dysfunction , which can make people who are going through it feel alone. (…)