Overcome the physical symptoms of Vaginismus with AH! YES lubricants
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What causes Vaginismus?
Vaginismus is a condition that affects a woman’s ability to engage in sexual intercourse and, as such, can understandably be very distressing. In vaginismus, the pubococcygeus muscle involuntarily tenses, in a similar reflexive manner to someone flinching. The tensed muscle means that penetration becomes difficult or even impossible.
The causes of vaginismus are generally psychological, although there can also be physical instigators. For example, vaginismus can happen following a negative sexual experience, an unpleasant medical examination or if sex is felt to be shameful. It can also be caused by a painful medical condition such as Thrush.
Women suffering from vaginismus might feel a burning or stinging pain if the vagina is penetrated by a tampon, finger, toy or penis. This can lead to a fear of pain and therefore an intense fear of penetration and avoidance of sex.
Download our complete guide on vaginismus to understand its causes, symptoms and how to treat its physical & psychological effects.
How to treat vaginismus?
Treatment for vaginismus seeks to identify the underlying emotional causes whilst also addressing the condition’s physical discomfort. In independent case studies, AH! YES has proven to be successful in remedying the physical difficulties associated with vaginismus.
Treating the psychological causes of vaginismus
A psychosexual therapist can help you identify the physiological triggers and use vaginal relaxation techniques to gradually overcome vaginismus.
Treating the physical symptoms of vaginismus
Treatment of the physical symptoms of vaginismus relies on you becoming more accustomed to intimate touching, and eventually, penetration. Healthcare professionals will either recommend that you begin using vaginal dilators, or, if you are not comfortable with those, that you take the time to relax and gently explore yourself with fingers.
Whichever of these methods proves to be the best for you, it is advisable that you choose an intimate lubricant to aid you in achieving penetration. However, many products on the market are unsuitable for such a delicate condition, due to their lubricating properties and ingredients.
Using AH! YES products and the Double Glide effect to overcome vaginismus
AH! YES products offer a unique solution to vaginismus. A renowned psychosexual therapist, Ruth Hallam Jones, devised an approach to the treatment of vaginismus using a combination of two AH! YES products.
To provide the sufficiently long-lasting comfort and cushioning needed to allow the woman to relax and overcome the tightening reflex in her vagina, Ruth Hallam Jones applied first a layer of protective AH! YES OB plant-oil based lubricant and then topped this with a layer of soft and silky AH! YES WB water-based lubricant. This combination of the two natural products conferred an experience of “Double Glideability”, giving the woman the confidence that penetration could be achieved without flinching, friction or pain. Read our vaginismus case study to learn more about the double glide effect.
Double glide is the name which was given to the pioneering technique which has now been widely adopted in the successful treatment of vaginismus.
Professional Recommendation for AH! YES WB and OB used for Double Glide
Trudy Hannington – Psychosexual and relationship therapist and former chair of COSRT (College of Sex & Relationship Therapists) recommends using the AH! YES Double Glide technique:
“I have worked with hundreds of women with vaginismus and the challenge is to break the cycle of pain and fear of pain. I introduce AH! YES, and in particular the Double Glide technique of AH! YES water based applied over AH! YES plant-oil based to my clients. By helping the vagina and the entrance to the vagina to feel naturally lubricated, they are able to relax, leading to more arousal, which then improves desire resulting in pain-free sex. The vicious circle can then become a virtuous circle. The feedback from my clients using AH! YES products is always excellent but the Double Glide method is the most effective.”
Why use AH! YES lubricants to relieve vaginismus?
- AH! YES OB and AH! YES WB used in the Double Glide method is recommended by healthcare professionals as a proven method to overcome vaginismus.
- AH! YES lubricants provide gentle relief from dryness, irritation and discomfort.
- Deeply ‘realistic’ lubrication – feel confident in a product that can match your body’s response.
- All AH! YES products are formulated with ingredients that have proven track records as skin foods, so you can trust that your delicate tissues will be well cared for.
- AH! YES WB is pH balanced to the vaginal environment. Maintaining typical vaginal pH offers a natural protection against thrush and bacterial infections.
- Certified organic, hypoallergenic and not made with hormones or parabens.
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“Your product is amazing, truly! I know that many of the testimonials have already said this but it has saved what was a previously horrendous sex life – meaning I did not want sex EVER as it was far too painful to endure…which my husband interpreted as me not wanting to have sex with him EVER again. The intimacy in our relationship really went through the ringer and for two years we limped along with lots of resentment and hurt on both sides. I finally went to the Doctors and discovered that I was/am still going through peri menopause at the moment resulting in a very dry vagina which then often brought terrible bouts of bladder infections. Now after three months or so of using your product, we are thoroughly enjoying an amazing sex life. I want to have sex and I want to enjoy being intimate with my hubby. Honestly, my vagina now feels like it felt when I was 20 years old, well lubricated and ready for great sex! I have told me Doctor about your product and the remarkable affect it has had on my hubby and I, she is now recommending Yes lubricants to other patients! you, Thank you, thank you for developing such a great lubricant well done!”
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“Your product cured my Vaginismus – the burning and pain are no more. Thank you for saving my relationship with my husband. Unbelievably effective! I’d say my intercourse pain went from 90% to 5%.”
“At 22 I was diagnosed with Vaginismus and couldn’t have felt like more of a freak, but this product really has helped!”
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“LOVE the oil based lube. It has helped my Vaginismus treatment, and has helped my boyfriend and I achieve intercourse for the first time in 2 years!”
Yes helped me break the cycle between experiencing pain- worrying about/expecting pain – experiencing pain. It has greatly helped in saving part of my relationship. Sometimes you just need a little help!