In particular, penetration may be painful for some women because the muscles in the vagina spasm (called vaginismus). This creates a feeling of painful tightness. Frequent UTIs, prolapse and surgery for prolapse can all contribute to vaginismus.
Management & treatment
The underlying physical cause must first be treated by a doctor or specialist.
Possible further action might include:
- pelvic floor physiotherapy
- relaxation skills
For more information see our webpages on sex & sexual health.
Last updated 20 July 2017 — Last reviewed 15 January 2014
** Currently under review **
This web page is designed to be informative and educational. It is not intended to provide specific medical advice or replace advice from your health practitioner. The information above is based on current medical knowledge, evidence and practice as at January 2014.