Did you know that vaginismus can also be referred to as genito-pelvic pain, penetration disorder or sexual pain disorder, too? In the UK, 50% of female sexual problems in psychosexual clinics are accounted to these. As we know, our sexual wellbeing plays a big role on our mental and emotional wellbeing, and vice versa. So, when we talk about the term psychosexual, we are relating to the mental and emotional aspects and attitudes towards sexual activity and our sexuality.
The fact that 1 in 2 vulva owners who are referred to psychosexual clinics suffer from vaginismus or the alike, highlights just how common it is. It can occur at any stage in our lives, and be triggered by just about anything; genital infection, vulval skin problems, child birth, genital or reproductive operations, menopause, sexual trauma etc. Such things can be painful physically, and though the medical conditions are treated and cause of initial pain removed, the emotional pain and trauma can remain. This can cause a physical reaction in which the pelvic floor spasms and vaginal muscles tighten up. The previous association between pain and the genital area means women can still experience discomfort and pain, diagnosed as vaginismus.