The Female Pelvic Medicine

Vaginismus

What is vaginismus?

Vaginismus is a condition in which the muscles of a woman’s vagina squeeze, clinch, or spasm, creating discomfort and pain when something is inserted, such as a tampon or a penis during sex.  Common complaints among women with vaginismus include painful sex, a tearing sensation, or the inability to have intercourse altogether. While childbirth is not the only cause, the majority of women with vaginismus begin experiencing these symptoms after giving birth.

Dr. Guerette recognizes that vaginismus is a sensitive and devastating condition, and is committed to helping each and every one of his patients overcome her concerns. The fortunate thing is that vaginismus is very treatable. Women in Virginia trust Dr. Guerette because of his years of experience in female pelvic medicine and his careful, personalized approach.

How can vaginismus affect one’s life?

Struggling with vaginismus can drastically change a woman’s life. Simple routine activities like using a tampon can become uncomfortable and painful. When sex is made unenjoyable or at times impossible due to vaginismus, intimacy with a partner can become an issue and their relationship can ultimately suffer. Difficulties having sex can leave a woman feeling distressed and can interfere with a couple’s ability to start a family.

How Dr. Guerette can help treat vaginismus

Dr. Guerette understands the importance of understanding a woman’s symptoms and concerns first and so he will spend ample time to talk with you about your situation. He will begin by having a private consultation with you at his North Chesterfield practice to discuss your specific concerns and determine the best approach for treating your case of vaginismus.

Every woman’s body is unique and functions a little differently, and so any recommendations he might have will be specific for you and your situation. His recommended treatment plan may include vaginal rejuvenation through the diVa™ laser therapy, vaginal tightening such as labiaplasty, or hormone therapy.

As a nationally and internationally recognized Urologist, Dr. Guerette is a specialist in the areas of advanced gynecology and sexual wellness. He will work closely with you to choose the best vaginismus treatment plan for your unique situation.

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I put off seeing a doctor because I was embarrassed about my condition. Dr. Guerette put me at ease and, ultimately, he made me feel like a new woman.

EMILY, AGE 45

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