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Psychiatric Disorders


 

Vaginismus

 

Category


Sexual Disorders and Dysfunctions

 

Etiology


There is a relationship of this disorder with victims of rape and sexual abuse, strict religious upbringings, and issues of control.

 

Symptoms


Recurrent or persistent involuntary spasm of the vaginal muscles that interferes with sexual intercourse. It must cause significant distress and not due to a medical condition or another disorder.

 

Treatment


Psychological treatment involves working through underlying issues, while other treatments can involve progressively larger dilators and therapy to help relax muscles which prevent intercourse.

 

Prognosis


Good.

 

 

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