Tight Vagina No Intercourse

By Joan Price | 18 September 2021

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Joan Price

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Joan Price calls herself an advocate for ageless sexuality. She is the author of four books about sex and aging, including the award-winning Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex and her latest: Sex after Grief: Navigating Your Sexuality After Losing Your Beloved. Her award-winning blog has been offering senior sex news, views, and sex toy reviews since 2005. At age 76, Joan continues to talk out loud about senior sex—partnered or solo. She is the co-creator of “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Senior Sex”. Find Joan at https://joanprice.com.

"I’m 72. I have not been able to have intercourse with my husband for the last five years. It seems like my vaginal canal is very small. I’m not sure I want to use dilators."

"I’ve gone to physical therapy where they’ve given me breathing exercises to relax my vaginal muscles. I believe it’s more than just a tight muscle in my canal. Advice?"

Joan answers:

You need to get the cause of your discomfort diagnosed so that you can decide with your health provider on the best treatment. There are specialists called “pelvic floor therapists” who understand how to diagnose and treat vaginal pain.

You might have tight vaginal muscles (high-tone pelvic floor muscle dysfunction) that are contracted and unable to relax, as your physical therapist suggested (though the solution needs to be more than breathing exercises!), or there might be another condition. You need a solid diagnosis. Ask your health provider for a referral to a pelvic floor therapist.

Here’s an excellent resource for you: The Vaginal Renewal™ Program from A Woman’s Touch Sexuality Resource Center. They’ve also developed the FeMani vibrating wands for use with this program.

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