What is vaginismus?

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Vaginismus is a condition in which vaginal muscles spasm when you attempt to have intercourse. There are many reasons why women suffer from vaginismus, but it's particularly common in women who have a history of sexual abuse or trauma. The brain will send a "no" message to the vaginal muscles, causing them to spasm. In fact, if a woman had pain with intercourse in the past for any reason, her body and mind can remember that, causing her vagina to clamp down in an attempt to protect itself from further pain.