Painful spasmodic contraction of the vagina in response to physical contact or pressure (especially in 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.
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin vagina (see vagina).
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