Definition of vaginismus in US English:



  • Painful spasmodic contraction of the vagina in response to physical contact or pressure (especially in sexual intercourse).

    • ‘If, at any stage in your life, you've experienced a traumatic incident associated with your sexuality or your genital area, you may have developed vaginismus as a protective response to further hurt.’
    • ‘Another common complaint was painful intercourse because of vaginal dryness and vaginismus.’
    • ‘A history of pain with entry is most commonly associated with vaginismus and inadequate lubrication from incomplete arousal.’
    • ‘As stated earlier, in the majority of cases, vaginismus is a physical response as a result of emotional factors.’
    • ‘Women with vaginismus may seek sexual contact and sexual play as long as vaginal penetration is avoided.’


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin vagina (see vagina).