Vaginismus: When your Pelvic Floor starts to Spasm which can make Sexual Intercourse Impossible!

Updated: Nov 2, 2021

Here at Chantal Lowry Physiotherapy we see a lot of women across Northern Ireland and Ireland each year with Vaginismus. When they first arrive at Chantal Lowry Physiotherapy, they usually do not know the name of their ailment but have found our website by searching 'pelvic pain' on google.


If you:

- Try to have sexual intercourse and cannot because of muscle spasm or pain.

-Have sexual intercourse and your stomach/pelvic region starts spasming in pain immeditaley afterwards.

-Are unable to have an internal or a smear test at your GP's or hospital.

-Are unable to inset a tampon.


..........it is highly likely that you have Vaginismus.


Vaginismus is often misdiagnosed in the medical world and this is where Chantal Lowry Physiotherapy can help you to overcome this debilitating condition.


Vaginismus originates when muscles begin to spasm in your pelvic floor. Pain can range from mild pain to extremely severe pain which can take up to a day to subside and it is a condition which can effect a woman on a psychological level as well. Usually after the first time the pelvic floor muscles spasm, it can be difficult to stop this spasming the 2nd or 3rd time as there is a fear associated with it and you come to expect the pain every time you try to insert a tampon, have sex or have a smear test carried out at your GP's.


Here at Chantal Lowry Physiotherapy, when treating our patients, we look at the physical as well as the emotional and psychological factors associated with vaginismus in order to help our patients overcome their symptoms as quickly as possible. Each patient is different therefore we create a bespoke plan for each one. Some patients have had this complaint for a few weeks and come to see us early which is excellent as it allows us to nip the problem in the bud. Other patients have been misdiagnosed for years and for them it takes more time and patience to treat.


Sometimes we see patients who solely have vaginismus as a condition. Other times, we see patients who have vaginismus, vulvodynia and dyspareunia. There is no one set pattern. Yet we will work with you to achieve the successful management of your condition.


We will be looking at Vaginismus & other Pain Syndrome conditions regularly on our blog, so do keep checking back for updates.


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