This is when a woman has had pain every time something entered their vagina, including a penis (called penetrative sex), or when they’re never been able to insert anything into their vagina. It’s also called lifelong vaginismus.
This is when a woman has had sex without pain before, but then it becomes difficult or impossible. It’s also called acquired vaginismus.
• Burning or stinging pain and tightness of the vagina if penetrated by a tampon, finger or penis
• Fear of pain
• Intense fear of penetration and avoidance of sex • Loss of sexual desire if penetration is attempted
• Some women are able to have intercourse, but tightness and pain prevent orgasm.
past sexual abuse or trauma
past painful intercourse
Other possible causes include:
fear that the vagina is too small for sexual intercourse
fear of getting pregnant
the after-effects of childbirth
tiredness or depression
• when you first noticed a problem
• how often it occurs
• what seems to trigger it
Typically, your doctor will also ask about your sexual history, which may include questions about whether you’ve ever experienced sexual trauma or abuse.