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Sexual Pain Disorders: Dyspareunia | Vaginismus

  • Dyspareunia - Recurrent or persistent genital pain, associated with sexual intercourse in either a male or a female). In women, it is generally defined as genital pain occurring with penetration or during or after intercourse but not exclusively vaginismus (a common type of insertional dyspareunia caused by intense involuntary contraction of the perineal muscles surrounding the outer one third of the vagina). PsychNet.UK.

  • Dyspareunia (dis-pa-roon-ia) - Is the medical term for pain during intercourse. You may hear your doctor use this word or see it in other written material.Pain during intercourse can be caused by a wide variety of reasons. Examples include an allergic reaction to a personal hygiene product or hormonal changes related to aging.

  • Female Sexual Dysfunction- Evaluation and Treatment  - Vaginismus, the involuntary contraction of the muscles of the outer one third of the vagina, is often related to sexual phobias or past abuse or trauma.

  • MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia: Sexual intercourse - painful - Alternative names, Painful sexual intercourse; Dyspareunia refers to pain in the pelvic area during or after sexual intercourse. This can occur in both men and women.

  • Painful Sexual Relations - Discussion about the problem of painful intercourse (dyspareunia) in women. With causes and treatments information.

  • Vaginismus - Vaginal tightness, or difficulty or inability to allow penetration for intercourse is the primary symptom of Vaginismus. Normally, the vaginal sphincter keeps the vagina closed until (sexual stimulation) the need to expand and relax. PsychNet.UK.

  • Vaginismus - Vaginismus throughout this document is commonly referred to as Vag. Vaginismus is a disorder of the pelvic floor muscles. 

  • Women's Therapy Center - Vaginismus - Vaginismus is present when the muscles that surround the vagina tighten in a strong, involuntary way that restricts the entrance of the vaginal canal, making it feel like a "wall that blocks the way in". This powerful contraction is a component of the body's stress response mechanism, a basic reaction that protects against any unwanted approach.

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