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Vaginismus is the recurrent or persistent contraction of muscles around the vagina. It commonly is thought to be a psychological condition, brought about by fear of sex, anxiety, or a past sexual trauma. Vaginismus can also develop as a result of menopause. When the body’s estrogen levels decline, the lack of vaginal lubrication can result in the development of vaginismus in some women.

Most Common Symptoms

  • Involuntary contraction of the vaginal muscles

  • Burning or stinging pain during penetration

  • Fear of penetration due to pain

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