One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Painful spasmodic contraction of the vagina in response to physical contact or pressure, especially during sexual intercourse.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin vagina (see vagina).
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