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Is there an effective psychological treatment for vaginismus?

18 April 2003


This paper examines whether the treatments for vaginismus adequately address the problems reflected in the models of this disorder and whether an effective treatment for vaginismus has been developed. Vaginismus is a sexual disorder affecting women which has typically been treated with systematic desensitization and psycho education. This treatment protocol was developed over thirty years ago by Masters and Johnson. Most clinicians are currently using this procedure to treat vaginismus, but it is uncertain whether it is the most effective therapy. Few empirical outcome studies exist in the vaginismus literature, therefore, it is difficult to ascertain whether existing treatments are effective. Suggestions for further research are presented.


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