TREATMENTS for Vaginismus
Pros & Cons
You may have come across therapists or websites who suggest that they can cure vaginismus through hypnosis only.
If it was that easy, those tapes should be made available to every sufferer free of charge or be covered by insurance at least. Also, if that was true, then the people who say that vag. is “all in your head” would have a valid point.
But that’s not quite how things are.
Although primary vaginismus can certainly have an important psychological component in most cases, that does not mean that once that part is healed, a vagina will be immediately able to just open up muscles that have been inactive and tense for so long and snap open to accept a large enough dilator or have painfree intercourse. You will still have to retrain your vagina physically to open, using dilators, or you may still need to use some creams if you have VVB, or have an operation if your hymen really is very thick.
As you can see in a study by Fuchs K. on the treatment of vaginismus by hypnotic desensitization, he reports that hypnosis was used "To speed up the desensitization process".
From what we understand, this means that the women in his study were still taught to use dilators of increasing sizes, but that women who used the "In vitro" process, where images and hypnosis were used to help them get used to increasingly sexual situations she's anxious about, did just as well as the people who only dilated.
So chances are that in most cases, hypnosis will not treat vaginismus, but what it can do is help a woman remove her fears of trying to use the dilators, which is surely a great help for those who are too afraid to give them a try. For this reason we consider Hypnosis a valid exercise or complimentary therapy that you can try to help you with the treatment of vaginismus, but not as a treatment standing in its own right.
There can be minor cases of vaginismus where the combination of having a caring therapist, some good hypnotic exercises combined with relaxation techniques and a supportive, gentle partner taking it easy could be all you need to solve vaginismus. So share those tapes then, if they worked for you! :)
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