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Vaginismus UPSC NOTE

 

Vaginismus

  • 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.

  • Vaginismus does not necessarily affect your ability to get aroused and enjoy other types of sexual contact.

  • Vaginismus can be classified into two types - primary and secondary. 

Primary vaginismus:

  • It is said to be primary when a woman has never been able to engage in penetration of any kind; be it either tampons, menstrual cups, gynaecology exams, or intercourse. 

  • It is primarily psychologically driven. 

  • We are usually taught sex is shameful and sex is painful. These contribute significantly to primary vaginismus cases. 

  • Childhood abuse, sexual trauma, religious upbringing, and sexual ignorance are other contributing factors.

Secondary vaginismus:

  • It is said to be secondary when a woman who previously tolerated penetration is suddenly unable to do so. 

  • Secondary vaginismus could be due to physical or emotional factors. 

  • Repeated painful internal examinations or vaginal infections, traumatic childbirth, radiation and surgery around the vagina, and conflicts within a relationship are the causes of secondary vaginismus.

Treatment for vaginismus

Treatment usually focuses on:

  • managing your feelings around penetration

  • exercises to gradually get you used to penetration

Causes of vaginismus

The reasons for vaginismus are not always clear, but some things thought to cause it include:

  • fearing that your vagina is too small

  • a bad first sexual experience

  • an unpleasant medical examination

  • believing sex is shameful or wrong

  • a painful medical condition, like thrush

Vaginismus Awareness Day

  • 15th September is globally celebrated as ‘Vaginismus Awareness Day‘.

  • This special day helps people with Vaginismus feel less alone by raising awareness and understanding about this condition. 

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