Decoding Vaginismus

A woman’s hands, with painted green fingernails, surround several small flowers representing her vulva.

This nonjudgmental article offers information on what causes vaginismus, helpful language for speaking with doctors, possible treatments, resources for queer and trans folks, and more.

“Vaginismus is a condition that makes inserting anything—a tampon, a finger, a toy, a penis—into a vagina excruciatingly painful. It’s difficult to estimate its prevalence because it is understudied, underreported and underdiagnosed. But anyone with a vagina can experience vaginismus—trans women, trans men, non-binary people and cis women included.”