Vaginismus: When Sex is Always Painful


Writer Erin Moynihan recently shared her experience with vaginismus. Misinformation and taboo surrounding the female sexual experience made it hard for her and thousands of women to get a diagnosis. According to a study conducted by Psychology Today, 1 in 3 women experience pain during intercourse. Moynihan explained how the belief that sex is supposed to hurt led her to endure excruciating pain during intercourse for years. Feelings of inadequacy and shame followed her in her sexual experiences and were reinforced in her by dismissive doctors, who wouldn’t take her pain seriously. After finally receiving a diagnosis, Moynihan began treatments to help with vaginismus. She shares how the vaginismus diagnosis changed her life and her perspective on sexuality, and encourages women to voice their pain and turn the sexual experience into a pleasurable and comfortable one.

For Further Reading

If you want to read more about the research that found that 1 in 3 women find sex painful, you can read this article on Psychology Today.

Discussion Question

Growing up were you told that sex is supposed to be painful?


Action Item

Sex is not supposed to be painful. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort during intercourse, take care of your wellbeing and speak to your doctor or your partner about it.

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