Vaginismus: Care Instructions

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Your 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 help most women have sex without pain.

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 call line 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 your doctor's directions if he or she teaches you how to widen, or dilate, your vaginal opening.

When should you call for help?

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

  • Your pain during a spasm gets worse.
  • You do not get better as expected.

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