Vaginismus an automatic reaction where your vaginal muscles tighten up whenever penetration is attempted.
The main symptom of vaginismus is your vagina suddenly tightening up if you try to put something into it, like a tampon.
Treatments for vaginismus include talking therapy, relaxation techniques and pelvic floor exercises.
Vaginismus does not always have an obvious cause. Sometimes it can be caused by things like fear your vagina is too small or a bad sexual experience.
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