Meaning of vaginismus in English:


Pronunciation /ˌvadʒɪˈnɪzməs/


mass noun
  • Painful spasmodic contraction of the vagina in response to physical contact or pressure, especially during sexual intercourse.

    ‘As stated earlier, in the majority of cases, vaginismus is a physical response as a result of emotional factors.’
    • ‘Another common complaint was painful intercourse because of vaginal dryness and vaginismus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A history of pain with entry is most commonly associated with vaginismus and inadequate lubrication from incomplete arousal.’


Mid 19th century modern Latin, from Latin vagina (see vagina).