Recurrent or persistent involuntary spasm of the musculature of the outer third of the vagina that interferes with sexual intercourse.
The disturbance causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty.
The disturbance is not better accounted for by another Axis I disorder (e.g., Somatization Disorder) and is not due exclusively to the direct physiological effects of a general medical condition.
Note: This disorder has been renamed and combined with another female sexual disorder in the updated (2013) DSM-5, and exists here now for historical/informational purposes only. (see Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder).
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Symptom criteria summarized from:
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fifth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 11 Apr 2014
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