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Unconsummated marriage: can it still be considered a consequence of vaginismus?


Unconsummated marriage (UM) is the failure to perform successful sexual intercourse at the beginning of the marriage. Vaginismus has been traditionally reported as the leading cause. ED is also a leading cause for UM. This appears to be a significant problem in the conservative middle-Eastern societies and in the developing countries, where couples are strongly prevented by religious rules and cultural taboos from sexual experiences before wedding. One could think that according to major sexual freedom and information, in Western countries UM is now disappearing, but the number of observed cases by the authors in 2008–2012 was relevant. The aim of this study is to compare the literature data from non-Western countries with the features of UM in Western ones, focusing on cases observed by the authors, and to verify whether the etiology of UM proposed in the ’70s is still relevant, outlining any changes that occur in current reality. In our series, traditional appearance of UM is no more effective, while the role of man is undervalued, because of his frailty, lack of self-confidence and ignorance, expressing a social and cultural change of man’s role in the couple.

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Michetti, P., Silvaggi, M., Fabrizi, A. et al. Unconsummated marriage: can it still be considered a consequence of vaginismus?. Int J Impot Res 26, 28–30 (2014).

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  • ED
  • honeymoon impotence
  • unconsummated marriage
  • vaginismus

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