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Vaginismus Physical Therapy in Washington D.C.

Bringing you personalized, private, and effective physical therapy for vaginismus in the greater D.C. area at District Performance & Physio.

Vaginismus is a group of conditions that causes automatic, involuntary muscle spasms in the pelvic floor whenever there is attempted vaginal penetration of any kind (e.g; intercourse, feminine hygiene products).

Do I Have Vaginismus?

Recent data suggests up to 1% of the female population struggles with vaginismus. That means millions of women experience uncomfortable and frustrating signs and symptoms like:

  • Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia), often described as tightness, burning, or stinging

  • Muscle spasms during attempted intercourse

  • Pain when inserting a tampon or menstrual cup

  • Pain during gynecological examinations

  • Penetration that is difficult or impossible to tolerate (sexual partners may feel like they are "hitting a wall")

If any of these issues look familiar to you, it's time to speak to a women's health physical therapist. Symptoms like these are no reason to feel embarrassed—but they are reasons to seek help from someone who can support you as you heal and find relief.​


Yes—physical therapists can treat vaginismus! Here's what you can expect from our Washington D.C. women's health PT.

No two cases of vaginismus are the same, which is why our experienced women's health PTs, Dr. Ariella Pohl, and Dr. Ashlee Kim, treat each patient with vaginismus as an individual.

With discretion, compassion, and professionalism, Dr. Pohl and Dr. Kim help women understand the specific type and causes of their vaginismus and can create a customized plan of care that will help them get lasting symptom relief.

We know from both research and real-world clinical experience that physical therapy can help people with vaginismus by providing services like:

  • Gentle and safe hands-on techniques, including manual therapy

  • Corrective core and pelvic floor exercises and stretches

  • Non-invasive modalities

  • One-on-one educational discussions about helpful topics like sexual anatomy, the female reproductive system, and pelvic floor function

The goal? Restore pelvic floor health, alleviate symptoms, prevent a recurrence, and help women reclaim confidence and trust in their own bodies.

By the way...

Vaginismus generally involves a combination of physical and emotional causes or triggers, and women with this condition do best when both types of triggers are uncovered and addressed.


At District Performance & Physio, we always show up for our patients with a caring, non-judgmental approach and ensure that patient comfort, safety, and dignity are always top of mind. But we're also happy to refer our patients to other specialists as needed, including licensed mental health professionals, in order to help women achieve comprehensive healing and optimal results.

Personalized Treatment for Vaginismus in Washington D.C.

District Performance & Physio is a premier Washington D.C. physical therapy clinic that is easy to get to, located just blocks from the Farragut West and North metro stations. We also offer FREE on-site parking for patients who come by car!

If you believe you have symptoms of vaginismus, call District Performance and Physio now at (202) 922-7331 to schedule an initial consultation.

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