You may have Vaginismus if you
are a woman who experiences...
Pain due to tightening of the vagina during intercourse
Painful sensation during insertion of the penis/ failure to achieve
penile penetration due to pain
Difficulty having a gynecological exam involving the vagina performed
Sexual pain and discomforts after giving birth or undergoing a surgical
procedure involving the female reproductive system
Troubled relationship between partners
Lack of interest to engage in sex due to pain
How Common is Vaginismus?
According to statistics, about two out of 1000 women suffer from Vaginismus. The
Center for Human Sexuality in New York noted that 40% of women who sought help from the institute were found to be
suffering from Vaginismus. In Ireland, a sexual therapist noted that five out of 1000 troubled marriages were due
to Vaginismus in women.
In Singapore, annulment statistics due to non-consummation of marriage show an upward
trend. In 1996, there were 178 cases and the figure soared to 369 in 2010. Many cases were attributed to women
being unable to have intercourse or who did so with difficulty, a condition medically known as
We do not know the exact number of women suffering from vaginismus, but it is
estimated that for every woman who seeks help, 10 suffer in silence. Health care professionals believe that there
are more women out there who have the same condition but are afraid to seek medical help for fear of suffering from
social disgrace and humiliation.
Is Vaginismus Treatable?
Women and couples who have sought professional help to treat Vaginismus were
successfully cured after thoroughly following their treatment program. Clinical statistics showed that those who
have complied with the methods of their treatment program have higher success rates compared to those who failed to
follow and complete the treatment.
According to different, independent studies, the success rate of treatment for
Vaginismus is around 75% - 100%, depending on the woman’s compliance with her program.
Vaginismus is highly