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Vaginismus: a review of the literature on the classification/diagnosis, etiology and treatment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20887170     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Vaginismus is currently defined as an involuntary vaginal muscle spasm interfering with sexual intercourse that is relatively easy to diagnose and treat. As a result, there has been a lack of research interest with very few well-controlled diagnostic, etiological or treatment outcome studies. Interestingly, the few empirical studies that have been conducted on vaginismus do not support the view that it is easily diagnosed or treated and have shed little light on potential etiology. A review of the literature on the classification/diagnosis, etiology and treatment of vaginismus will be presented with a focus on the latest empirical findings. This article suggests that vaginismus cannot be easily differentiated from dyspareunia and should be treated from a multidisciplinary point of view.
Marie-André Lahaie; Stéphanie C Boyer; Rhonda Amsel; Samir Khalifé; Yitzchak M Binik
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Women's health (London, England)     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1745-5065     ISO Abbreviation:  Womens Health (Lond Engl)     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-04     Completed Date:  2011-01-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101271249     Medline TA:  Womens Health (Lond Engl)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  705-19     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Anesthetics, Local / therapeutic use
Anti-Anxiety Agents / therapeutic use
Diagnosis, Differential
Dyspareunia / diagnosis
Neuromuscular Agents / therapeutic use
Vaginismus* / diagnosis,  etiology,  therapy
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anesthetics, Local; 0/Anti-Anxiety Agents; 0/Neuromuscular Agents

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