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Have you ever experienced pain during sex? - Sh! Women's Store

Please take a second to take our Vaginismus survey.

PLEASE SHARE ... and share again, so we can get a more accurate idea of how many women are really affected by this condition.

Vaginismus is an issue we've talked about a lot about...
But we're talking about it again because it is still one of the most common issues we hear about from you.

"Vaginismus is the term used to describe recurrent or persistent involuntary tightening of muscles around the vagina whenever penetration is attempted."

The symptoms include burning or stinging pain upon penetration, as well as intense fear or loss of desire when penetration is attempted.
It is a complex psychosomatic condition, and the causes can be varied, such as a painful first intercourse, sexual abuse, fear of pregnancy or a deeply rooted belief that sex is wrong.
According to the most widely available statistic vaginismus affects around 2 in every 1000 women. But we don't think that number seems high enough. It's difficult to judge exact numbers because embarrassment often stops women from seeking treatment.

We're also holding a vaginismus awareness day on the 15th of September, please get in touch with us at if you'd like to be involved.
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