vag·​i·​nis·​mus | \ ˌva-jə-ˈniz-məs How to pronounce vaginismus (audio) \

Definition of vaginismus

: a painful spasmodic contraction of the vagina

Examples of vaginismus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cat Carmichael is the owner of a thriving naughty bakeshop — who hasn't been intimate with her boyfriend in almost two years thanks to a muscular condition called vaginismus. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 9 May 2022 The Vaginismus Network is a support network for those suffering with vaginismus. Ella Glover,, 17 Jan. 2022 There are some physical medical conditions that exist, like vaginismus or dyspareunia, or psychological factors that might be contributing to painful vaginal intercourse. Anna Pulley,, 18 Dec. 2020 She was eventually diagnosed with vaginismus, which is characterized by involuntary contractions of the pelvic floor muscles that tighten the vaginal entrance, causing pain, penetration problems and inability to have intercourse. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, 26 June 2018 Vulvodynia, endometriosis, pelvic floor dysfunction and vaginismus are just some conditions that can make intercourse painful for women. The Mighty, Teen Vogue, 28 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of vaginismus

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vaginismus

vagina + New Latin -ismus, suffix in names of ailments caused by involuntary muscle control (such as strabismus, trismus) — more at -ism

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The first known use of vaginismus was in 1861

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14 May 2022

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“Vaginismus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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vag·​i·​nis·​mus | \ ˌvaj-ə-ˈniz-məs How to pronounce vaginismus (audio) \

Medical Definition of vaginismus

: a painful spasmodic contraction of the vagina

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