Of the many psychological problems which interfere with sexual functioning, one of the most devastating and detrimental which can also have damaging effects on dating and relationships, not to mention self esteem, confidence, body image and so much more is having painful intercourse- a condition which is also known as vaginismus.
Painful intercourse or vaginismus is most typically a psychological problem with actual physical symptoms of pain, vaginal tightness, burning, or discomfort experienced by a woman when she engages in intercourse. Because the pain is real, and feels very real, many women may seek the consult of a medical doctor, hoping to find a medical solution, which may yield some results, but without addressing the emotional and mental components, and thus simply treating the physical symptoms can fall flat, and can be extremely frustrating leaving the woman to feel that there is no cure, and that she is inherently flawed.
Along with pain, the other symptom of vaginismus is fear, fear of pain which leads to a fear of intercourse.
It is hard to fathom and often believe that the mind is a powerful muscle enough to create a physical pain from a painful thought or uncomfortable belief, but vaginismus is evidence that is can, and the fact that many women have overcome vaginismus is evidence that it is possible to treat and overcome fear and pain simultaneously.