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. 2010 Sep;6(5):705-19.
doi: 10.2217/whe.10.46.

Vaginismus: A Review of the Literature on the Classification/Diagnosis, Etiology and Treatment

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Vaginismus: A Review of the Literature on the Classification/Diagnosis, Etiology and Treatment

Marie-André Lahaie et al. Womens Health (Lond). .

Abstract

Vaginismus is currently defined as an involuntary vaginal muscle spasm interfering with sexual intercourse that is relatively easy to diagnose and treat. As a result, there has been a lack of research interest with very few well-controlled diagnostic, etiological or treatment outcome studies. Interestingly, the few empirical studies that have been conducted on vaginismus do not support the view that it is easily diagnosed or treated and have shed little light on potential etiology. A review of the literature on the classification/diagnosis, etiology and treatment of vaginismus will be presented with a focus on the latest empirical findings. This article suggests that vaginismus cannot be easily differentiated from dyspareunia and should be treated from a multidisciplinary point of view.

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