How successful is vaginismus treatment?

How successful is vaginismus treatment?


Vaginismus is highly treatable.

When a robust program is followed, treatment outcomes are nearly always positive and successful, with full resolution.

Vaginismus Treatment Success Rates


Independent Study Cited

100% Biswas & Ratnam, 1995
Nearly 100% Butcher, 1999
98-100% Masters & Johnson, 1970
97.7% Schnyder, Schnyder-Luthi, Ballinari, & Blaser, 1998
95% Katz & Tabisel, 2002
91.42% Nasab & Faroosh, 2003
87% Scholl, 1988
75-100% Studies cited in Heiman, 2002


Treatment Success

Vaginismus is considered the most successfully treatable female sexual disorder. Many studies have shown treatment success rates approaching nearly 100%. The self-help approach is based on extensive research into the causes and treatment of vaginismus and includes a complete 10 step process with easy-to-follow, practical treatment solutions. This approach has been used successfully by thousands of women and medical professionals.

The chart above lists some of the published clinical statistics for the success of vaginismus treatment. Clinical statistics for treatment success vary from study to study, but nearly all independent studies show high success rates. Clinical treatment methodology primarily involves using a combination of desensitization exercises and behavioral instruction. The percentages listed represent the portion of women able to engage in pain-free penetrative sexual intercourse following treatment.

Though there are some failures, these are usually attributed to couples dropping out or not completing treatment. For couples who complete treatment, outcomes are nearly always positive and successful, with full resolution.



  1. Biswas, A., & Ratnam, S. (1995). Vaginismus and outcome of treatment. Ann Acad Med Singapore, 24(5), 755-758.
  2. Butcher, J. (1999). ABC of sexual health: Female sexual problems II: Sexual pain and sexual fears. BMJ, 318, 110-112.
  3. Heiman, J. (2002). Sexual dysfunction: Overview of prevalence, etiological factors, and treatments. J Sex Res, 39(1), 73-78.
  4. Katz, D., & Tabisel, R. (2002). Private pain: It’s about life, not just sex. Plainview, NY: Katz-Tabi Publications.
  5. Masters, W., & Johnson, V. (1970). Human sexual inadequacy. Boston: Little, Brown & Co.
  6. Nasab, M., & Farnoosh, Z. (2003). Management of vaginismus with cognitive-behavioral therapy, self-finger approach: A study of 70 cases. IJMS, 28(2), 69-71.
  7. Schnyder, U., Schnyder-Luthi, C., Ballinari, P., & Blaser, A. (1998). Therapy for vaginismus: In vivo versus in vitro desensitization. Can J Psychiatry, 43(9), 941-44.
  8. Scholl, G. (1988). Prognostic variables in treating vaginismus. Obstet Gynecol, 72, 231-35.

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