Signs and Symptoms of Vaginismus
Vaginismus is when the pelvic floor muscles tighten involuntarily in anticipation of vaginal penetration, preventing the vagina from stretching and opening. Symptoms vary in difficulty and pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), when undergoing a gynecological exam, or even when inserting a tampon.
Vaginismus affects women of all walks of life, regardless of age, social environment, or education. It may be caused by emotional or physical stressors, eventually resulting in frustration, fear of intimacy, and progressive decrease in libido.
Unfortunately, many women feel uncomfortable or ashamed to talk about their pain, often not seeking treatment for a condition that is, in nearly all cases, naturally reversible. One proven way to treat vaginismus at home is to use a silicone vaginal dilator to naturally stretch and strengthen the vaginal opening.
Treating Vaginismus with Dilator Therapy
Once your doctor has performed a pelvic exam and ruled out underlying conditions, he/she will likely recommend a series of steps for how to treat vaginismus at home to help you regain control of your pelvic floor muscles. Therapy may include Kegel exercises, sex therapy, sexual anatomy education, and vaginal dilators.
Dilator therapy - also called insertion therapy - consists of gradually training the muscles to accept pressure and stretch in width and depth. Exercising with the cylinder-shaped dilator daily over the course of several weeks, your body learns to accept penetration. Progressively increasing the size, along with breathing and relaxing during the exercise, contributes to “deprogramming” the triggers that prevented the vagina to fully open.
Following the instructions is critical to success.