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Vaginismus: Care Instructions


Vaginismus is a spasm of the muscles around the opening to the vagina. This spasm can make sex painful and even impossible.

Your doctor may do tests to see what is causing the spasms. Treatment may include counselling. And you may get training on how to relax or stretch out your muscles. These treatments can help reduce pain during sex.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Follow any directions your doctor gives you on how to widen, or dilate, your vaginal opening.

When should you call for help?

Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have severe vaginal bleeding.
  • You have new or worse belly or pelvic pain.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:

  • You do not get better as expected.
  • You have unusual vaginal bleeding.

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