When a Medical Condition is Present
Unfortunately, when an underlying medical condition is causing your vaginismus symptoms, there often is no permanent cure. Conditions such as vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis and pelvic floor dysfunction are all considered chronic illnesses. Although there is no one cure, there are many treatments available and some people do even go into periods of remission.
One main difference between someone suffering from vaginismus alone and someone suffering from vaginismus as a side effect of another medical condition, is that plain vaginismus only causes pain upon penetration. Women who suffer from chronic pelvic and bladder illnesses may also have pain almost constantly while doing daily activities such as working, cleaning and sitting. The pain associated with sex is just one of a laundry list of problems.
If you suffer from one of these conditions help is still available. Physical therapy may still be advised as it does help greatly with the taming of spastic pelvic muscles. If you have vulvodynia, chronic inflammation of the vulva, you may also be placed on medications such as vaginal Valium to help your vaginal muscles relax and low grade antidepressants to help with chronic nerve pain.
Interstitial cystitis, a painful and chronic bladder syndrome, is usually treated with Elmiron, a medication that can help to repair the bladder. In addition, many interstitial cystitis patients may be placed on antihistamine medications, low acid diets and even have medications inserted directly into the bladder via a catheter.
When you find a treatment for your pelvic or bladder disorder that works for you, you may regain the ability to have pain free sex again.