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Vaginismus

Vaginismus sometimes called vaginism and genito-pelvic pain disorder is a sexual dysfunction in women characterized by a painful, involuntary tightening or spasm of the muscles that surround the vaginal entrance that interferes with sexual intercourse, manual penetration, insertion of tampons or menstrual cups, and the penetration involved in gynecological examinations (pap tests).

Its cause is unknown, but it may occur in women who fear that penetration will be painful or may develop in response to a previous traumatic or painful experience.


 

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