Why does tensing my body during sex cause pain?

When many people think of sex and intercourse, the assumption is that it should be easy.  For some women (especially those with vaginismus), nothing could be further from the truth.  Anatomy matters.  To briefly review, the pelvic floor in a woman is made up of a web of connective tissue and muscles.  These provide support …

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Painful Sex? It might be Vaginismus

A few months ago, I spent a considerable amount of time this past holiday season with my family.  After a couple of glasses of wine, several of my aunts (who are all in their mid 60’s) began asking me questions about painful sex. One of my aunts relayed her recent experience to me, of being …

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Long-Distance Dilation Program

It should come as no surprise to anyone by now, that COVID-19 had turned life as we know it upside down.  The myriad disruptions to our daily lives have posed unique challenges to individuals, nations, families and businesses alike.  We here at Maze Women’s Health feel it too.  We miss seeing our patients in the …

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Painful Sex: Is it Collision Dyspareunia?

Occasionally women may experience pain with intercourse that they feel deep inside the vaginal canal; some women describe it as feeling a stabbing pain in their abdomen or bladder. It usually occurs with deeper penetration and sometimes is relieved with position change or their partner not thrusting quite as deeply.  For some women, however, this …

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Painful Sex: Is Pelvic Organ Prolapse the Cause?

One common cause of pain with intercourse is pelvic organ prolapse (POP). POP is a common condition, affecting as many as half of all women over 50. POP is defined as the abnormal descent or herniation of the pelvic organs from their normal attachment sites or their normal position in the pelvis. Organs that can “fall” into the …

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Can you be sedated for a Pap smear?

Let’s be honest.  No one enjoys getting a Pap smear.  Or a pelvic exam.  They can be uncomfortable at best, and at worst resemble a form of torture.  Many women experience intense pelvic pain with any kind of penetration, and for this group of gals – just the thought of a speculum can ignite a …

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To the Partners of Vaginismus Patients

Your partner just found out that she has vaginismus. She is either relieved, devastated, or a combination of the two, depending on how much time she has spent avoiding the issue, jumping between health care providers, and trying to understand the condition. Now you are trying to understand what vaginismus is, figure out what your …

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Not Tonight Dear, I’ve Got A Headache

When there’s pain with sex, anything that whispers sex can make us women cringe. It can negatively impact our openness to being touched, inhibit our desire and arousal, and erode our ability to experience sexual pleasure. Some conditions leading to painful sex include: vaginismus, vulvodynia, infection, stiff joints, scar tissue from a procedure after giving …

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