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Evaluation of an internet-based, therapist-assisted self-help approach to overcome vaginismus

Principal Investigators

Foto Prof. Dr. Matthias Berking

Prof. Dr. Matthias Berking

David Daniel Ebert

Dipl.-Psych. Christian Rosenau

Dipl.-Psych. Christian Rosenau


Anna-Carlotta Zarski, Christina Fackiner

Project Outline

Vaginismus describes recurrent or persistent involuntary spasms of muscles in the vagina, which render sexual intercourse painful or impossible. Previous studies suggest that a stepped care approach to the treatment of vaginismus should begin with self-help concepts, which have proven to be efficacious and cost-effective (van Lankveld, 2009).
This study aims to develop and evaluate an internet-based, therapist-assisted guided self-help approach for women suffering from vaginismus. The medium provides anonymity, lowers inhibitions to seek out treatment and allows for supportive contact with trained personnel.
In this prospective randomized-controlled trial (N=100) we compare the effects of our intervention with a waiting-list control group over a period of 10 weeks and a 3-months follow-up. Primary outcome is the ability to have sexual intercourse. Secondary outcomes include subjective non-coital aspects of sexual functioning, fear of penetration, avoidance behaviour and relationship quality. 

Keywords: vaginismus, internet-therapy, internet-based guided self-help, e-Health


Project development

Zuletzt aktualisiert: 01.03.2013 · keilda

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