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

Definition of vaginismus

: a painful spasmodic contraction of the vagina

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Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "Ask Anna: Is it normal to experience pain during intercourse?," 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, "Woman says agonizing condition has left her unable to have sex," 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, "Painful Sex: How to Talk to Your Partner," 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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“Vaginismus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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