Exploring virtual reality for fear of vaginal penetration
The purpose of this study is to explore virtual reality (VR) exposure for the treatment of vaginismus, also known as fear of painful vaginal penetration. Vaginismus is common and affected individuals experience difficulties with vaginal intercourse and gynaecological exams. Available treatments are not very effective. Cognitive behavioural therapy with an exposure element (insertion of vaginal dilators in the presence of a clinician) is highly effective, but unavailable in Canada.