SymptomsThe women experiences symptoms of burning, pain, or stinging occur when an object such as the penis is attempting to enter the vagina canal due to involuntary contraction of the vagina muscles. The severity of the condition can be different in different women. Some are able to allow tampon or digital insertion but not able to consummate the marriage. Other women are unable to tolerate any form of object entering the vagina at all. The male partner may also experience “something blocking” the entry of the penis and pain during attempted penetration. Over time, after repeated failed attempts at intercourse, this could lead to premature ejaculation or inability to sustain an erection.IncidenceThe incidence of vaginismus in Singaporean women is unknown but it is estimated that 1% of women seeking help for subfertility actually suffer from this condition. Also estimated is that for every woman who seeks help, tenfold suffer in silence.
Vaginismus is treatableVaginismus is highly treatable and a full recovery from vaginismus is the normal outcome of treatment. Successful vaginismus treatment does not require drugs, surgery, hypnosis, or any other complex invasive technique. Following a straight-forward program, pain-free and pleasurable intercourse is attainable for most couples. TreatmentIt would be advisable to first see a doctor like a family physician or Gynaecologist to exclude medical conditions that can cause this condition. Patients with this condition can ask for referral to KKH Gynaecologist for further assessment. If found to have this condition the patient will then be treated at the KKH Sexual Health Clinic which is a multidisciplinary clinic run by physician, psychologist and physiotherapist.
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