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Have you met vulvodynia and her bestie vaginismus?

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

Yes, vulvodynia and vaginismus are real words, and for the 28% of women in their reproductive years experiencing painful intercourse, these conditions are their most likely reality, being the two of the most common causes of painful intercourse.

Let me introduce vulvodynia, she means ‘vulvar pain’ or any pain, burning, itching, stinging or irritation of the external genital region involving any combination of the clitoris, labias, urethral and vaginal openings, mons pubis and anything in between. The condition is not linked to a specific cause and has been causing you pain longer than 3 months.

Ouchy, no thanks.

Light touch or pressure can cause severe pain or exacerbation of symptoms.

Studies have shown that up to 90% of women with vulvodynia have an overactive tight pelvic floor. Good news, here at The Osteopathic Pelvic Hub, we have leaders in the field of osteopathy and pelvic health. They are expertly trained in the area of pelvic health and are qualified to assist with tension in the pelvic floor.

Let me introduce the BFF (best friends forever!), vaginismus. Vaginismus hangs out with a pelvic floor that goes into involuntary muscles spasm with penetration.

Oh no! No thanks.

This can limit or prevent sex, pelvic exams and even inserting a tampon.

Sometimes these ladies hang together, making a painful duo. Other times they are doing the solo thing, It’s important to know that help is available. Make an appointment with us. We want to work with you to get your vulva feeling as they should.. Fan-frigging-tastic.

If you are reading this and it resonates with you, we want you to know we’re here to help. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment please call the clinic on (03) 9078 2939


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