Vaginismus and other forms of dyspareunia (painful intercourse) are not usually related to Asexuality
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- Published on Friday, 12 August 2011 16:54
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Vaginismus is a problem that can make it difficult, painful or impossible for women to have intercourse. A woman who suffers from the condition may abstain from sexual activity because intercourse is painful, but a person who has the condition is not necessarily Asexual.
Asexuality, as has been stated before in the Asexuality 101 section on this site, is not a disease. A woman who suffers from this problem may choose to abstain from intercourse. Painful intercourse occurs because of painful, involuntary contractions of the Pelvic wall, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Women who have the condition may be Asexual, but many others experience sexual attraction. If they experience sexual attraction, they may seek treatment for the pain that occurs during intercourse.
Dyspareunia is the medical term for painful intercourse and it occurs in men as well as women. In men, the problem can come about through problems related to circumcision, Peyronie's disease, or genital deformities.
Men or women who do experience these symptoms may withdraw from intercourse, but they are not necessarily Asexual. If people suspect they suffer from a medical problem, it is best for them to seek medical treatment.