There are a number of women who suffer from sexual penetration disorders such as vaginismus and/or “vulvodynia”. Symptoms can vary widely and may range from difficulty achieving comfortable sexual penetration, to an inability to allow penetration entirely. It is not uncommon for those affected women to also describe symptoms of pelvic, low back and/or hip discomfort, as well as difficulty with use of tampons or bowel evacuation.
It is known that there are varying causes, both organic and occasionally psychological in nature, that can contribute to symptoms surrounding sexual dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain. Regardless of the cause, and despite the often highly distressing nature of these conditions, many women will often underreport their symptoms for fear of embarrassment or lack of understanding by health professionals and their intimate partners.