Vaginismus, a complex psychosomatic condition affecting thousands of women, yet so few talk about it.
At least 2 in 1,000 women experience Vaginismus at some point in their lifetime – and probably many, many more who are too afraid or embarrassed to seek medical attention and help.
Many of these women go for years without seeking help, or even realising that help is available. Or, another common thread, is plucking up the courage to look for help, only to be told the pain is imagined.
Vaginismus Awareness Day
In order to raise awareness of this painful condition, we created Vaginismus Awareness Day on the 15th September 2016.
We’re dedicate this day (15th September 2017) to talking about Vaginismus and raising awareness of issues associated with it. Vaginismus isn’t ‘only’ about sex, it’s about life.
Penetrative sex is not the only thing its victims loose – let’s be honest, not everyone prioritise that – but a sense of intimacy or self-worth too.
Join the discussing by using #VaginismusAwarenessDay, #Vaginismus or #PainFeeSex on when Tweeting at us (@Shwomenstore), or leave a comment below – we’d love to hear first-hand experiences of Vaginismus.
What is Vaginismus?
Vaginismus is the term used to describe recurrent or persistent involuntary tightening of muscles around the vagina whenever penetration is attempted. Penetration, in this case, does not refer to penis-in-vagina sex only, it refers to any type of insertion into the vagina, including use of tampons and cervical smear tests.
This tightening of the vagina may make any kind of insertion not only difficult and painful, but impossible.
Facts About Vaginismus
- Approximately 10% of adult women have experienced painful intercourse in the last six months.
- 2 out of every 1,000 women has at least moderate Vaginismus.
- Approximately 20% of women who seek help from sexual clinics are experiencing Vaginismus.
- 53% of clinical Vaginismus patients are married.
- 53% of women with Vaginismus are between 25 and 35 years old, with 18% younger and 29% older.
Is Vaginismus Treatable?
Yes, it is! Because it’s a condition that involves the head and body, the best thing to do is see a psychotherapist who knows about Vaginismus. All the therapists on the COSRT website will have had specific training in this.
For more information and helpful advice on Vaginismus, visit our Vaginismus Awareness site.
Or, if you have been diagnosed and feel ready to start treatment, take a peek at a peek at our handmade, soft silicone dilating kit.
The existing plastic kits were described by women we talked to as too blunt and painful to use, which is why ours are made from silicone, ensuring the maximum level of comfort.
By using code DILATE0917 you will receive a 12% discount when you buy the Sh! Silicone Dilating Kit up until and including Friday 22nd September 2017.