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When Sex is a Pain!


Vaginismus (the new term is Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder "GPPPD") is involuntary tightening of the pelvic floor muscles that surround the vagina when penetration is attempted. This can cause difficulty or the inability to insert tampons, have pap smears and enjoy penetrative sexual intercourse. 


This film, Tightly Wound, explores a young woman's experience with vaginismus. It so accurately sums up the journey of women who have experienced vaginismus, describing the physical and emotional stress of the condition. 


Pelvic floor physiotherapy is HIGHLY effective at treating vaginismus through pelvic floor stretching and relaxation exercises, the use of vaginal dilators to prepare the muscles for intercourse as well as learning about the fight and flight response of vaginismus and knowing how to dampen that response and voluntarily keep the pelvic floor muscles relaxed for penetration. 


I have lots of experience treating women with vaginismus and have seen women, who after having been married for 8 years and not able to consummate their marriage, enjoy sexual intercourse and fall pregnant within 6 months of starting treatment!


To book a Women's Health Physiotherapy appointment, book online or by calling 9284 4405. 

Source: Film By Shelby Hadden and Sebastian Bisbal: Tightly Wound (www.tightlywoundfilm.com)