Vaginismus is difficulty for females to have intercourse.
There is primary and secondary vaginismus.
Primary vaginismus is when women have never been able to experience vaginal entry. Secondary is when a woman has previously been able to experience vaginal entry but for some reason she no longer can.
There are many reasons this can happen. It can be a physiological reason in that some women have smaller vaginas than others.
Some women are less sexually active or aroused and may not have physically stretched the vagina or the hymen may not have been broken.
For some women vaginal entry may be associated with pain and fear.
Primary vaginismus is far more common than most people think as the ways in which the vagina can malform are profuse and GPs do not really understand how things may affect a woman when she comes to have sex.
Many GPs think if they can insert a finger inside woman with a glove on and lubricant that the woman is able to have sex but that is not so in many cases.
Sex is a complicated manoeuvre that requires upper region space; it involves the way a woman’s skin stretches or how her muscles relax or clench when she attempts to have sexual intercourse. While sexologists understand this, many doctors do not.
Secondary vaginismus has its own dynamics when a woman has been able to successfully have sexual intercourse before but for a number of reasons is unable to tolerate sexual intercourse or vaginal entry for medical exams.
This can be very frustrating and have dire consequences on their relationship, causing fractures in a woman’s marriage or partnerships.
Since I am a naturopath as well as a clinical hypnotherapist (I also teach hypnotherapists how to use hypnosis within sex therapy) and psychosexual therapist (member of Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists NSW), I am able to offer eclectic treatment for vaginismus.
I take a full medical history and may order blood tests so we can ascertain if there are physical causes of vaginismus.
I may prescribe herbs or make other recommendations, sometimes including referrals for medications and physical therapy.
Each person is treated as an individual and treatment is designed specifically for you to maximise results.
Initially I see you on your own but in some cases we may also ask your partner into therapy at a later stage so you can work towards a solution together.
I have presented at the World Sexology Conference twice and the World Hypnotherapy Conference (AHA), both times on sex-related issues so am very experienced with helping women find solutions with their vaginal problems.
Some women do experience psychosexual vaginismus where you are unable to relax on vaginal entry. In those cases hypnotherapy is very successful in helping you be able to be more comfortable around vaginal entry.
You may have experienced sexual abuse and need help in overcoming past trauma to move on to more comfortable vaginal entry.
There is even a possibility that your cultural background or mindset may be interfering with your ability to relax the vagina during entry.
As an ASSERT-registered sex therapist, hypnotherapist and naturopath, I have many clinical options for treatment of vaginismus. Sometimes they may be in-clinic solutions and sometimes we may make outside referrals depending on the dynamics of your case.
Book your hypnotherapy appointment with Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH by calling 02 8021 6429.