Understanding and Managing Vaginismus: Insights and Support

What is vaginismus?

Vaginismus is a condition characterized by involuntary spasms of the vaginal muscles, which can occur when something enters the vagina, such as a tampon or during intercourse. This can range from mild discomfort to severe pain.

Symptoms to Watch For
The most common symptom of vaginismus is pain during penetration, which usually subsides after the object is removed. Other signs include discomfort when using tampons or during pelvic examinations.

What causes it?

The exact causes of vaginismus are not well understood but are often linked to psychological factors such as anxiety, fear related to sex, or past trauma. Physical factors like sensitive nerves may also play a role.

Current Management Approaches
Several non-permanent methods are available to manage symptoms:

  • Kegel Exercises: These involve tightening the muscles you would use to stop urine flow, which can help strengthen the pelvic floor.
  • Medications and Treatments: Options like Botox injections to reduce muscle sensitivity, or topical anesthetics such as lidocaine to numb the area, are sometimes used.
  • Psychological Support: Therapy and medications to manage anxiety can also be beneficial.

NeuEve: A Supportive Approach
NeuEve is a product designed to provide comfort and support for those experiencing symptoms of vaginal discomfort, including vaginismus. While not a cure, many users have reported significant relief.

Self-Care Strategies
Combining NeuEve with other self-care methods can enhance comfort and resilience:

  1. Topical Nourishment: Applying products rich in skin-nourishing ingredients can help improve the elasticity and strength of vaginal tissues. NeuEve delivers essential nutrients that promote the health of collagen and elastin fibers, akin to moisturizers that help reduce facial wrinkles.
  2. Dilation Exercises: Similar to physical therapy for muscle recovery, using vaginal dilators can help improve tissue elasticity and strength. This method complements the topical treatment provided by NeuEve, supporting overall vaginal health.

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.

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NeuEve Silk suppository https://www.neueve.com/silk

NeuEve has three levels of suppositories and one cream. You can start with the combination of a suppository and cream for a speedy recovery

NeuEve Cream https://www.neueve.com/cream

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.

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.

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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 for Using Dilators Safely and Effectively

  1. Gradual Progression: It can be tempting to move up quickly in dilator sizes or start with the largest size in hopes of speeding up the process. However, this approach may be counterproductive and lead to overstretching injuries. Vaginal recovery is a gradual process. It's important to be patient and increase dilator sizes step-by-step to avoid potential injuries.

  2. Hygiene and UTI Prevention: Using a dilator can be physically similar to sexual intercourse, where the movement can potentially transfer bacteria from the skin into the bladder, leading to a urinary tract infection (UTI). To minimize this risk, it's advisable to urinate immediately after each dilation session. This helps flush out any bacteria that may have entered the bladder. Additionally, drinking plenty of water before your exercise can help maintain adequate urinary flow and pressure, further aiding in the prevention of UTIs.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure a safer and more comfortable experience with dilator exercises.


Disclaimer: This article is for information purposes only. It is about natural products, nutrients, and/or methods for managing menopause-related discomforts (not diseases). It is not medical advice for the treatment of any diseases.

Dr. Renjie Chang

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