How is vaginismus diagnosed?

Your doctor will begin by asking for a description of your symptoms. He or she will also do a pelvic exam to rule out other possible causes or your pain. If no physical condition is found, and your pain only happens during penetration, you most likely have vaginismus.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 03/20/2015.


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