What is the prognosis (outlook) for people with vaginismus?

Many people with vaginismus no longer experience the problem after treatment. But successful treatment takes time, so you’ll need to be patient. Remember that it’s possible to have fulfilling and pleasurable sexual interactions by doing other things that don’t trigger vaginismus.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/28/2020.


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