Vaginismus is a condition with painful spasmodic contraction of the vagina in response to physical contact or pressure (especially in sexual intercourse). When a woman has vaginismus, her vagina’s muscles squeeze or spasm when something is entering it, like a tampon or a penis. It can be mildly uncomfortable, or it can be painful.
What are the symptoms?
Painful sex is often a woman’s first sign that she has vaginismus. The pain happens only with penetration. It usually goes away after withdrawal.
Many women who have vaginismus also feel discomfort when inserting a tampon or during a doctor’s internal pelvic exam.
What causes it?
Doctors don’t know exactly what causes vaginismus. It’s often associated with anxiety and fear of having sex. Past traumas or painful sex might or overly sensitive nerves may contribute to the cause.
Current treatments are palliative
Kegel exercises: squeezing muscles you use to stop the flow of urine when urinating.
Botox: a nerve toxin to reduce the sensitivity of the pelvic floor muscles.
Lidocaine: a pain-killer to numb the vaginal tissue.
Psychological therapy and antidepressants: to control anxiety.
So far, most of these treatments are palliative remedies that do not provide a long-term cure.
NeuEve: A natural remedy for vaginismus
Since its inception 7 years ago, NeuEve has helped >100,000 women with painful sex to find relief. These include hundreds of women with severe vaginismus who have tried all methods or products under the sun without effect. So far, the success rate of NeuEve in relieving symptoms of vaginismus has been near 100%. Although it is unknown what the exact mechanism is, the good news is that NeuEve provides a safe, effective, and rapid relief to women with vaginismus.
A combination of two self-treatment methods can help you heal vaginismus easily and successfully:
1. Topical nourishment
Without abundant collagen and elastin fibers, the vaginal skin tissue is weak, lacks elasticity, and sensitive to stretches. An overstretch can often trigger muscle contraction and spasms, causing persistent pain associated with vaginismus. Topical nourishment can enrich these fibers and improve the durability and elasticity of the skin, making it more resistant to stretch. The process is like putting nutrient cream on the face to smooth wrinkles, making the thin and fragile skin more elastic and resilient.
NeuEve products are for self-treatment of vaginal atrophy. They deliver skin-rejuvenating nutrients, like vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. They promote the growth of collagen and elastin fibers in the thinned vaginal skin.
NeuEve has three levels of suppositories and one cream. You can start with the combination of a suppository and cream for a speedy recovery:
For the suppositories, you can start with level 1, Silk. Then, after 1 month, move up to level 2, Silver, and ultimately, after another month, move up to level 3, Gold. Insert a suppository intravaginally following instructions on the box. Apply the NeuEve Cream a tiny bit (a dime size) daily on the external vulva. To make weak skin more resilient takes time. It may take 1-4 months depending on how severe your condition is.
2. Dilation exercise
While you are using NeuEve, you can do the dilation exercise to speed up the recovery. Dilation is another self-treatment method for vaginismus.
You might have seen handicapped people sitting in a wheelchair with thin legs. Their leg muscles shrink after disusing. If one day they can stand up, they must do walking exercises to grow back their leg muscles. This means that exercise is important and useful.
Physically stretching the skin promotes its elasticity and durability. It is done by promoting the synthesis of elastin and collagen. Dilation with a set of dilators can help strengthen weak skin. Dilators are not our products. You can find a set of dilators from this link www.neueve.com/dilators.
Once you are on the product webpage, you can click the yellow “Learn More” button. It will lead you to the VuvaTech website. We recommend magnetic dilators. Magnets in the dilator may help draw more blood flow to the target skin and help it to grow thicker.
You can start from a small-sized dilator and do dilations twice a day (morning and evening) and 20 minutes each. After 1 week, you may move up a size. Once you move up to the largest size without pain, your skin will be strong enough to endure the stretch caused by sex. You may no longer experience the pain due to muscle contraction and spasms caused by vaginismus.
Tips about using dilators:
1) Prevent overstretching injuries. It is understandable that one may wish to move up the sizes quickly or to try the largest sized dilator first to get a more rapid recovery. However, it may be counterproductive. Moving up the dilator sizes too quickly or skipping sizes can cause overstretching injuries. The recovery of vaginal atrophy is a slow process. Please do not skip the sizes and try the largest dilator first. Please be patient and do the exercise with a stepwise increment to avoid possible overstretching injuries.
2) Preventing UTI. Physically, dilation exercise is like sexual intercourse. The penetration movement can mobilize bacteria normally on the skin into the bladder to cause UTI. You will need to pee immediately after each exercise to prevent UTI. Urination can flush out any bacteria that entered the bladder during the dilation exercise. Therefore, drinking a lot of water before exercise helps build up the urinating flushing pressure and prevent UTI.
About the author
Dr. Renjie Chang's medical and pharmaceutical experience:
- OB-GYN in the Peking Union Hospital in China
- a faculty member of OB-GYN at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
- drug developer at the Abbott Laboratories in Chicago
- Founder of Lavax, Inc, where she developed an innovative vaginal microbicide for preventing sexually transmitted disease with grants from NIH and Gates Foundation
- Founder of NeuEve, an all-natural women's health company