Vaginismus treatment (vaginissimus)
at the Huddersfield and Manchester Hypnotherapy Clinic
Vaginismus is where sexual intercourse become painful and sometimes
due to this, impossible, because of involuntary muscular contractions
around the genitals or deep within the pelvis. This can lead to
fear of penetration, fear of not pleasing her partner, depression,
and other such negative emotional effects.
Due to these involuntary muscle contractions, it may be difficult
or impossible to insert tampons or undergo any type of gynaecological
examination. This is due to the conditioned reflex of the pubococcygeus
muscle that clamps shut whenever insertion of any object is attempted.
This reflex is involuntary, and is very similar to the way in
which our eyes close shut as soon as an object comes near them
at threatens of eyes.
Women with vaginismus have learnt to expect pain whenever anything
is about to be inserted into the vagina and consequently this
becomes a conditioned reflex. This sets up the condition of natural
pain avoidance, causing the relevant muscle to contract to avoid
penetration and thus avoid the expected pain if penetration does
Vaginismus can develop in pubescent girls. If they are told that
the first time they have sex will be very painful and they believe
this, upon losing their virginity their unconscious minds will
contract the relevant muscle in order to avoid penetration
and in doing so their bodies actually create the pain they were
trying to avoid.
This reaction will now confirm that 'sex is painful', so that
if sexual penetration is attempted again it is likely to be even
more painful. The reflex of the muscles surrounding and within
the genitals (primarily the pubococcygeus muscle) will now be
even more embedded within the subconscious mind; when further
attempts at pain-free sexual intercourse are attempted, the vaginismus
will become more and more acute.
Many women will not understand why they have this condition
and will have a great deal of difficulty in understanding how
'other' women can enjoy sex at all.
It is generally understood that there are two types of vaginismus:
- Primary vaginismus.
- Secondary vaginismus.
Women suffering from primary vaginismus are women who have never
been able to enjoy vaginal penetration, or those who have always
found vaginal penetration very painful.
Women suffering from secondary vaginismus are women who have
previously enjoyed pain-free penetrative sex but due to some event
are now finding that they have symptoms of vaginismus. These symptoms
can occur because of childbirth, some infection of the genitals
(such as a yeast infection) or some trauma such as rape.
A common misconception of women suffering from vaginismus is
that they don't want to have sex, and in most cases they yearn
for it, and it is only because of the pain that avoidance seems
to be the best option. Indeed many women with vaginismus enjoy
sexual interaction providing that actual penetrative sex of some
kind doesn't occur.
People often visit me with various types of sexual problems and
issues so please be assured that you will feel at ease discussing
such issues with me. You will find me completely non-judgemental
and easy going so you'll feel at ease when you visit me at the Huddersfield Hypnotherapy Clinic or the Manchester
Hypnotherapy Clinic (UK). If you would like help to overcome vaginismus, then please contact
me to arrange a free
consultation with no obligation so that we can have a chat
about your specific needs and allow me to inform you of the ways
in which I will be able to assist.