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Involuntary Celibacy: The Painful Effects of Vaginismus

From the Show: HER
Summary: When it comes to a condition such as vaginismus, your physician needs to figure out why your muscles are spasming so tightly.
Air Date: 10/2/14
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Irwin Goldstein, MD
goldsteinDr. Irwin Goldstein is the Director of San Diego Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital, the Secretary of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health, a former President of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America and a Clinical Professor of Surgery at University of California at San Diego.
Involuntary Celibacy: The Painful Effects of Vaginismus
Vaginismus is a sexual condition where there is involuntary tightness of the vagina during attempted intercourse, which can cause discomfort, burning, pain, penetration problems, or complete inability to have intercourse.

There are a lot of muscles in your vagina and pelvic floor. When it comes to a condition such as vaginismus, your physician needs to figure out why your muscles are spasming so tightly. 

The reasons for the condition could be attributed to previous sexual abuse, psychological factors or a physical discomfort with intercourse. 

Dr. Irwin Goldstein is the Director of San Diego Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital. In this segment, he explains the symptoms of vaginismus and how to effectively treat the condition.
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