A. Persistent or recurrent difficulties with one (or more) of the following
B. The symptoms in Criterion A have persisted for a minimum duration of approximately 6 months
C. The symptoms in Criterion A cause clinically significant distress in the individual
D. The sexual dysfunction is not better explained by a nonsexual mental disorder or as a consequence of a severe relationship distress (e.g., partner violence) or other significant stressors and is not attributable to the effects of a substance/medication or another medical condition
Female penetration disorder (FPD) sufferers are women who experience an inability to have sexual penetration into their vaginal canal due to an involuntary tensing of the vaginal wall, or who experience pain and pressure when attempting vaginal insertion.
Psychological causes of vaginismus
Treatment for vaginismus should start with a consult with your primary care physician to rule out physical problems. Since there are so many different causes for vaginismus it’s important to look into all possible causes. A combination of treatment from your physician and from a mental health professional will have the best outcomes.