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Vaginismus Symptoms

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 an alternative psychiatric disorder 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).

Vaginismus Symptoms

Steve Bressert, Ph.D.

Steve Bressert, Ph.D. is an author and retired as a professional in clinical practice. He has been writing about psychology and mental health issues since 1998.

APA Reference
Bressert, S. (2017). Vaginismus Symptoms. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 19, 2018, from


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Last updated: 24 Aug 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 24 Aug 2017
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