May 23 • 31M

Episode 46: Vaginismus

Tips on how to approach an all-too-common problem

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Appears in this episode

Suzanne Noble
Peter Marriott
Sharing our experience of sex post 60. Suzanne Noble and Peter Marriott discuss their own experiences with sex and - as older people themselves - bring years of experience to reflect on it in a witty, open and enthusiastic way. The series is dedicated to helping older people find their way to a healthy and enjoyable sex life. Whether you are just starting out with a new partner or carrying on with an old one, we hope there will be something new here for you.
Episode details

In this episode, we are joined by Sarah Berry, a psychosexual and relationship therapist who talks to us about vaginismus. This can be a problem for many women and is almost exclusively a psychosexual problem, which is often overcome with the right sort of therapy and a sympathetic approach. Although it is a problem for all ages, taken together with vaginal atrophy – which we discussed with Lindsey Hamilton some time ago – it can present older women with particular difficulties.

Although it can appear to emphasise a particular attachment to penetrative sex, rather than the gamut of practices we associate with outercourse, women confronted with vaginismus would also like to be able to engage in penetration by a penis or other insertables if they so desire. Once again, understanding and communication is the key, as is overcoming any sense of shame that there may be associated with this problem.

Sarah Berry:

The College of Sex and Relationship Therapists is a good place to look for individual and couple therapists


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