Some women experience severe pain during sex. In fact, sometimes it can be so painful, that one woman likened it to someone stabbing her.
The condition is Vaginismus. It is the tightening of the vagina’s muscles when something enters it – a tampon or a penis. Few know about it, and shame often stops them from seeking help.
We’ve discussed this topic at length here on BellaNaija. Read a BNer’s personal experience here. Also read Dr. Craig‘s medical perspective on the condition here. You can check out BNers’ discussion on whether erectile dysfunction or vaginismus is a justification for adultery.
A 2017 study found that nearly one in 10 British women find sex painful.
Vaginismus can develop at any time throughout a woman’s life and can appear after they experience anything from thrush or childbirth to sexual trauma or the menopause.
But some sufferers discover they have the condition when they try and fail to have sex for the first time. Shame and taboo often stops them from seeking help, despite it being curable.
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