5 Instagram Accounts To Follow This Vaginismus Awareness Day

Googling facts about vaginismus only gives you so much of an insight into what vaginismus is. You get the surface level facts and that’s about it. So, here are 5 Instagram accounts to follow this vaginismus awareness day, that you get way more than surface-level facts from.

Pain Free and Intimate

Pain Free and Intimate is run by Katrin who openly talks about her experience of healing from the cycle of pain that is caused by vaginismus. She often speaks about using yoga, meditation, and various stretches to help heal from vaginismus. Her entire Instagram is incredibly informative as well as having a very calming feel to it. She also runs a blog Katrin with Love, which she uses as a platform to offer other people with vaginismus a place to share their stories, as well as offering multiple services to help people on their vaginismus recovery journey. 

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Overcoming vaginismus is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight. . Hence, consistency is required to keep taking one step forward at a time. And to keep up consistency, what do you need? . Deep DEVOTION TO the one and only human who you have a responsibility to satisfy. . 🌹 YOU. . 𝘼 𝙙𝙚𝙫𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙤𝙤𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙢𝙖𝙜𝙞𝙘… . 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘥𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦, 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘦, 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘉𝘌. 𝘛𝘰 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘺. 𝘛𝘰 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸. 𝘛𝘰 𝘏𝘌𝘈𝘓. 🔥 . ⬇️ And what does the process entail? . ⇢ Deep emotional healing – so you can halt the pattern of being a prisoner of the programs and stories you picked up as a kid. (𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 🧠 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘢 𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴.) . ⇢ Eye catching confidence & self-love – this is a story of the chicken or the egg. The more self-love you curate, the more authentic and eye catching your confidence becomes. 💫 The more confidence you exhibit in the world, the more your sense of self-love gets solidified. . ⥣ The MAJORITY of your progress will come from here. . ⇢ Physical relaxation – a commitment to certain practices that (only when combined with the emotional work) will lead to the pelvic floor relaxation your body is deeply craving. . ⇢ Safety and pleasure in surrender – safety safety safety. Self-love and safety are the name of the game that curates pleasure. This speaks to the ability to feel safety and pleasure WHILE completely engulfed in the unknown. 🌙 (𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘫𝘶𝘪𝘤𝘺 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦…) . ⥣ Many of us have grown up feeling safe ONLY WHEN in control of our external circumstances. Control has been our survival strategy. And now in the bedroom, we're expected to relinquish control and open ourselves fully in a state of surrender… 🦋 Of course it takes some practice! . 𝙎𝙤, 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙙𝙚𝙫𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙤 𝙔𝙊𝙐𝙍𝙎𝙀𝙇𝙁? . Hell yes?! Drop an emoji below. 🔥👇 . #vaginismus #painfreeandintimate

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The Vaginismus Network

The Vaginismus Network is one big online community that supports and connects people with the condition. Having vaginismus can be an incredibly lonely and isolating experience so having a social media platform like The Vaginismus Network really does make you feel less alone. Hearing stories from all over the world shows you how individualistic the experience of vaginismus can be.

Pelvic Flawless 

Pelvic Flawless is an account that provides the facts but in a way that feels far more personal and conversational. This account is more than vaginismus facts, it’s incredibly in-depth research from how to communicate in relationships when you have vaginismus to how vaginismus can coexist with things like anxiety and depression. You’re constantly learning from Pelvic Flawless, whilst also being encouraged to be open and honest about vaginismus and sexuality. 

The Vaginismus Coach 

Meghan, The Vaginismus Coach, is a pelvic floor therapist as well as specialising in a range of physical healing professions; from being a licensed massage therapist to a Reiki master. Having vaginismus and finding pelvic floor therapy to massively help in her recovery journey, she now helps others heal from vaginismus using pelvic floor therapy and creates a safe space for people who have vaginismus. 

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Should you still use your dilators when you're having your period? I got this question from a client this morning — and I think it is a GREAT one, because doctors and dilator manufacturers never seem to give any guidance about this! Short answer: YES, if you want to. Long answer: You can definitely keep using your dilators while you're on your bleeding cycle, as long as you feel up for it. There’s no medical reason why you can’t or “shouldn’t” keep dilating. However, if you're in a cruddy emotional state, or if you're really crampy, it's OK (and even wise) to skip a day. Bust out the heating pad or hot water bottle, and curl up under a blanket. The best thing you can do for yourself in this case is stay warm! Because there's increased blood flow in the pelvis during your period, you may be feeling heightened sensation when using dilators. This is normal. Also remember that your cervix — the entrance to your uterus, located at the "top" of the vaginal canal — may sit lower during your menstrual cycle. This means the cervix is closer to your entrance, so you may not be able to insert the dilator as far, compared to other weeks in your cycle. Again, this is normal! Try not to aggressively bump the dilator into your cervix — this can be uncomfortable, can lead to cramping, or can make period cramps worse. Just do the best you can, even if you can only insert the dilator a fraction of the way. One last tip: Lay down a towel for easy cleanup. 😉 So that's it! Have you tried dilating while having your period? What are your best tips & tricks to get through it? . . . . . . #vaginsimus #dilatingtips #vaginismuscoach

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Fran Bushe

Being a comedian and a writer, Fran Bushe created the play Ad Libido, a play all about trying to find a normal sex life. Following this she has now created the Channel 4 series The Diary of My Broken Vagina, drawing on her personal experience of having vaginismus. Her account dedicated to ending stigmas around sex and talking about vaginismus and sex through her comedy work, which is true comedy gold.

Words by Emmie Cosgrove

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