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  Vaginismus



Vaginismus

    Recurrent premature contraction of the musculature of the vagina before or at the acceptive phase of an erotosexual episode, so that it is too tight and too dry to receive the penis. A hypophilic condition or syndrome variable in etiology, of premature contraction or spasm of the vaginal musculature in the course of sexuoerotic activity, preventing penile penetration or rendering it intolerably painful.

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Premature
The term used to describe babies born before 37 weeks of gestation. Fewer than 10 percent of babies arrive this early.

Contraction
During labor, the strong, rhythmic tightening of the uterus. Pre-laborcontractions are usually irregular and don't increase in intensity orduration.

Vagina
The tube that forms the passage between the cervix/uterus and the vulva. It receives the penis during sexual intercourse and serves as the delivery passage for birth and for menstrual flow.

Erotosexual
The erotic and the sexual experienced as a unity, with more emphasis on erotic imagery and ideation than sexual behavior. It is possible to be erotic without being sexual in the sense of copulation, fertility, or reproduction. Conversely, it is possible, as in donor insemination, to be sexual without being erotic. see erotic/sexual. the erotic and the sexual experienced as a unity, with more emphasis on erotic imagery than sexual behavior.

Penis
The male sex organ, which consists of a head called glans, and the shaft or body. At the tip of the glans is the urethral opening, through which urine and semen leave the body. The shaft or the body of the penis is made of spongy tissue and blood vessels. And it fills with blood an grows in size (becomes erect) during sexual excitement.

Condition
The term "condition" has a number of biomedical meanings including the following: 1.An unhealthy state, such as in "this is a progressive condition." 2.A state of fitness, such as "getting into condition." 3.Something that is essential to the occurrence of something else; essentially a "precondition." 4.As a verb: to cause a change in something so that a response that was previously associated with a certain stimulus becomes associated with another stimulus; to condition a person, as in behavioral conditioning.

Syndrome
A grouping of signs and symptoms, based on their frequent co-occurrence, that may suggest a common underlying pathogenesis, course, familial pattern, or treatment selection.

Etiology
The theory of the factors in the genesis, origin, or cause of a disorder or disease.

Spasm
A condition in which a muscle or group of muscles involuntarily contract.

Sexuoerotic
The sexual and the erotic experienced as a unity, with more emphasis on sexual behavior than erotic imagery.

Penile
Pertaining to the penis.



SIMILAR TERMS
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Vagifem
Vagifem is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): estradiol.

Vagilia
Vagilia is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): triple sulfa sulfabenzamide;sulfacetamide;sulfathiazole.

Vagina
The tube that forms the passage between the cervix/uterus and the vulva. It receives the penis during sexual intercourse and serves as the delivery passage for birth and for menstrual flow.

Vaginal birth
The birth of a baby through the vaginal canal, as opposed to cesarean birth through a surgical incision in the abdomen.

Vaginal birth after cesarean
The vaginal birth of a baby after a woman has already had a child by cesarean. While VBACs are increasingly considered a safe option, an estimated one percent of women attempting this will have a uterine rupture and require an emergency cesarean.

Vaginal dryness
Insufficient lubrication of the vagina, or its premature loss of lubrication, during the proceptive or acceptive phase of an erotosexual episode.

Vaginal hysterectomy
Procedure in which the uterus is removed through the vaginal opening.

Vaginitis
Irritation, redness, or swelling of the vaginal tissues, usually resulting from a bacterial infection.

Vaginoplasty
In plastic surgery, the operative procedures for construction or reconstruction of a vagina, in cases of birth defect, of male-to-female transexualism, and of accidental or surgical trauma to the vagina.

Vagistat-1
Vagistat-1 is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): tioconazole.



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Viscous
Thick, coagulated; sticky or gummy.

Verbigeration
Stereotyped and seemingly meaningless repetition of words or sentences.

Visual hallucination
A hallucination involving sight, which may consist of formed images, such as of people, or of unformed images, such as flashes of light. Visual hallucinations should be distinguished from illusions, which are misperceptions of real external stimuli.

Voyeurism
Peeping; one of the paraphilias, characterized by marked distress over, or acting on, urges to observe unsuspecting people, usually strangers, who are naked or in the process of disrobing, or who are engaging in sexual activity.

Vaginal dryness
Insufficient lubrication of the vagina, or its premature loss of lubrication, during the proceptive or acceptive phase of an erotosexual episode.

Vaginismus

Vaginoplasty
In plastic surgery, the operative procedures for construction or reconstruction of a vagina, in cases of birth defect, of male-to-female transexualism, and of accidental or surgical trauma to the vagina.

Venal
Bargained for; marketed, possibly corruptly.

Ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus
Bilaterally, in the ventral (frontal) part of the middle (tuberal) region of the hypothalamus, a group of nerve cells associated with several vital functions such as food intake and sexual behavior.

Vestibule
That portion of the vulva which is bounded anteriorly by the clitoral glans and prepuce (clitoral hood), posteriorly by the perineum, and laterally by the exterior margins of the labia minora, and containing the opening anteriorly of the urethral meatus and posteriorly of the introitus of the vagina.

VlP
Vasoactive intestinal polypeptide: a peptide hormone first isolated from the small intestine and subsequently found to have many physiological roles, one of which pertains to arousal of the sex organs, including erection of the penis.

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