Discomfort or pain caused due to spasm of the vaginal muscles during penetrative sex, inserting a tampon, or during a gynecological exam is called vaginismus. It can result due to emotional triggers like performance anxiety, stress, fear, traumatic experiences, or due to physical triggers like infections, cancer, childbirth, menopause, and insufficient vaginal lubrication.

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Why does it hurt so much when my partner tries to penetrate me?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a female. I find it very hard when my boyfriend tries to do penetration in me. I have much pain and it seems like a big stone is present on me. Please help me.   Read Full »

Dr. Sharath Kumar. C

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You can have a tight vagina resulting in dyspareunia. A tight or narrow vagina causes pain or discomfort during sex. If there is pain or difficulty in penetration, then it can occur due to inadequate stimulation and arousal. Pain during penetration can occur due to tigh...  Read Full »

Why do I have vaginal pain during sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old woman. I got married a year ago. But, we could not have sex successfully. Whenever we try, I am getting severe pain in my vagina. What shall we do?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. Failure to penetrate the vagina by erect penis along with severe pain is indicative of two things. One is vaginismus, if he is not able to penetrate from day one and the other could be any other pathology resulting to dy...  Read Full »

What is vaginismus?

Query: Hi doctor,I got married before 18 months. But, I am still a virgin. I am not able to take it inside. I do not know whether it is due to fear or what. I badly need to be out of it. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are likely to be suffering from vaginismus. Please follow up with detailed history. Revert back with detailed history to an obstetrician and gynaecologist online -->  Read Full »

I am experiencing pain and symptoms similar to vaginismus. What could be the cause?

Query: Hi doctor,I am experiencing pain and symptoms similar to vaginismus, but I have not engaged in any sexual activity or bought anything near my private part. What could be the reason?  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. If you have pain during intercourse, it can be due to many factors. Mainly, it could be due to dryness causing infection, improper foreplay, dehydration, age, and hormonal imbalance. Dryness can be caused by deep penetration in a few posit...  Read Full »

Why does my wife does not lubricate well during sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28 year old male, who is married from the last 14 months. My wife did not have prior sex education. She does not get lubricated during sex at all. So, we are unable to have sexual intercourse. She gets severe pain if I try to stimulate her with my fingers. However, she is comf...  Read Full »

Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The issue seems to be anxiety. Both your reports are normal (attachment removed to protect patient identity). However, get both of your blood prolactin tested. If she cannot tolerate your finger but is comfortable with the penis, ensure your fingernails are not hurtin...  Read Full »

After intercourse, I got a thick liquid with blood. Is this normal?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a female. I had unprotected intercourse with my boyfriend last night. Is this safe? Every time after fingering, I had some bleeding. After intercourse, I got a thick liquid with blood. Is this normal? Kindly help me.   Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. If you are not sure whether your boyfriend has any sexually transmitted infection, you can do these tests to rule it out. You can do TPHA (treponema pallidum hemagglutination), herpes simplex virus (HSV) 1 and 2 IgG (immunoglobulin G), her...  Read Full »

What are the causes of decreased libido in women?

Query: Hi doctor, Ever since I got married, I had no feeling during the foreplay, and my vagina is too tight, and my husband cannot insert the penis into the vagina. The vagina is not getting opened completely, and also vagina width is small, and my intercourse feelings are entirely zero. I Had chest pain...  Read Full »

Dr. Srikanth

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I want to ask a few questions: 1) Do you have a lot of pain during penetration? 2) Do you have any other congenital conditions? You said chest pain since childhood 3) Are you using any medication for any medical condition? Get back to me with the details for further fo...  Read Full »

Why am I unable to achieve sexual satisfaction even after vaginismus treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, We are not able to do the sex till two months after marriage. I have contacted the doctor. She recommended me the physiotherapy for vaginismus and the treatment took two years and eventually finished before six months. I met a gynecologist and she prescribed me Xylocaine, Etizola and Ca...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A lot of factors determine the enjoyment in sex. Vaginismus is also related to psychological factors. You have just started feeling that you are not enjoying sex. This feeling could occur due to hormonal factors and so, I would recommend you to get serum estrogen, progest...  Read Full »

I experience pain during sex with vaginal dryness and low sex drive. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have experienced pain during penetration in the past, but for the past six months, sex has become such a painful experience for me. I no longer enjoy it and I have a nonexistent sex drive. I have no sex drive at all, and I no longer enjoy sex and it has become so painful. I also te...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth N. Nagda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Having vaginismus is just like having any other medical problem. The only difference is not many people talk about vaginismus. Not able to have sex can be emotionally exhausting and mentally disturbing but the good thing is that it is a completely curable condition. T...  Read Full »

Kindly give a solution for pain during intercourse.

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is having pain during sexual intercourse from initial days. First time she had some bleeding. The bleeding stopped within a few days. Initially it was very difficult. Then we started to have it full fledge. After a month, there is no pain, but still insertion hurts her every time....  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is quite common to experience pain during coitus, especially for a newlywed woman who had never done sex before. This happens because of the narrow introitus (vaginal entrance) which need to accommodate the male penis. For a virgin woman, pain with bleeding is comm...  Read Full »

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