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Vaginismus

Whether you’re struggling to have penetrative sex or want to be able to use a tampon or get a pelvic exam without pain, we're so glad you're here. Our PTs have helped hundreds of patients address vaginal pain and feel better in their bodies.

You might worry that treatment will be awkward, but we’re experts in making you feel comfortable, whether you see us in person or via ultra-convenient virtual visits.

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Mind + Body Healing

Understand Your Condition

Your PT will take the time to learn about your pain and whether it might be associated with an event (childbirth, menopause, trauma) or due to a hyperactive pelvic floor. They’ll also want to hear your goals and concerns. There’s no such thing as TMI!

Work 1:1 With A Physical Therapist

Your treatment plan will be personalized to your symptoms, circumstances, and goals. It may include:

  • Manual therapy to relieve tissue pain and tension
  • Regaining awareness of your pelvic floor
  • Breathing and other tension-relieving techniques
  • Vaginal dilators/trainers

Go At Your Own Pace

Origin PTs provide trauma-informed care — you can expect compassion and unwavering support at every step of your journey. On average, treatment requires 20 weekly visits.

Common & Treatable

Research shows that 45% of patients who see a PT for vaginismus report improvement in symptoms.

"I'm so sick of using pads during my period."
"I don’t even want to be touched."
"I'm too scared to go to the gynecologist."

Vaginismus FAQs

What is vaginismus?

Vaginismus is a condition where the muscles of the pelvic floor that surround the vagina, opening are unable to relax. This can make inserting a tampon, gynecological exams or penetrative sex very painful. Primary vaginismus occurs when the pain has always been present, while secondary vaginismus can develop following a specific event like trauma, infection, or menopause.

What causes pain with penetration?

Pain with vaginal penetration is most often due to dysfunction in the tissue or muscles that surround the vaginal opening. Inadequate lubrication can lead to dryness and irritation of the vaginal canal, while spasms in the pelvic floor muscle layers can decrease the size of the vaginal opening making penetration painful or impossible.

How long does it take to reduce pain with penetration?

Depending on the source of the pain, symptoms can improve with pelvic floor physical therapy within weeks or months. Since the pelvic floor muscles may be in spasm for years before discovery, as in the case of primary vaginismus, it can take as many as 20 weekly visits to retrain and lengthen the pelvic floor.

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Origin provides OBGYN-recommended pelvic & whole body physical therapy that’s evidence-based and personalized to meet your needs.

100%
of OBGYNs recommend pelvic floor physical therapy postpartum
89%
of postpartum patients saw improvement in symptoms
90%
of postpartum patients recommend Origin to new moms

Expert care & support

  • 6 visits with a pelvic floor physical therapist
  • Personalized exercise program, updated weekly
  • Educational resources prescribed for you
  • Tracking tools to keep you motivated
  • Opportunities to connect with & support other moms

Full-body recovery

  • Evaluate your symptoms
  • Heal perineal tears
  • Care for your Cesarean scar
  • Stop bladder leaks
  • Heal diastasis recti
  • Relieve pelvic pain / pain with sex
  • Improve bowel function
  • Alleviate mastitis / clogged milk ducts
  • Treat and prevent low back pain
  • Support your body for better sleep
  • Prevent injury while caring for baby
  • Return safely to exercise

What Our Patients Say About Origin

Stephanie S.
"I found Origin when I was pregnant. After having my baby, I came back to do pelvic floor work. It's been a godsend!"
Stephanie S.
Separated Abs, Pregnancy
Sophie S.
"After my c-section, I was experiencing core weakness, SI joint and hip pain, and tightness in my scar. My PT was incredible to work with and helped me meet my goals."
Sophie S.
Postpartum, C-Section Recovery
F.C.
"I'm from France, where pelvic floor care is considered crucial post-delivery, and I was so happy when I found Origin. The team is knowledgeable, professional, and thoughtful in their medical approach."
F.C.
Postpartum
Jennifer S.
"I've learned great exercises and adjustments for daily movements to reduce strain and pain. I've been delighted by how effective the virtual visits are."
Jennifer S.
Low Back Pain

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Postpartum FAQ

What is vaginismus?

Vaginismus is a condition where the muscles of the pelvic floor that surround the vagina, opening are unable to relax. This can make inserting a tampon, gynecological exams or penetrative sex very painful. Primary vaginismus occurs when the pain has always been present, while secondary vaginismus can develop following a specific event like trauma, infection, or menopause.

What causes pain with penetration?

Pain with vaginal penetration is most often due to dysfunction in the tissue or muscles that surround the vaginal opening. Inadequate lubrication can lead to dryness and irritation of the vaginal canal, while spasms in the pelvic floor muscle layers can decrease the size of the vaginal opening making penetration painful or impossible.

How long does it take to reduce pain with penetration?

Depending on the source of the pain, symptoms can improve with pelvic floor physical therapy within weeks or months. Since the pelvic floor muscles may be in spasm for years before discovery, as in the case of primary vaginismus, it can take as many as 20 weekly visits to retrain and lengthen the pelvic floor.

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