The rare disorder, which Michaela now suffers after contracting an infection, causes the vaginal muscles to tighten, resulting in extreme pain during sex.
The Brisbane couple, who waited to have sex with each other until they were married, were mortified to learn they weren't able to have sex without Michaela experiencing unbearable pain. The pair has since created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for treatment in New York.
"Jimmy made a decision at the age of 14 that he would wait for his wedding night to have sex with his wife," they wrote on GoFundMe. "We met, fell madly in love and dated and waited for 21 months before we got married. Imagine our heartbreak when sex was excruciatingly painful — to the point of impossible — and ended up in infection," they wrote.
The couple, after years of not knowing what was wrong, finally received news from a specialist that it was the uncommon vaganismus disorder. Now that it has a name, though, they have hope of finding a cure.
"Every birthday, every anniversary, every new year that goes by means I still can't be with my husband properly and it's torture," the couple said.
"Our 10 year anniversary is coming up in December this year. It'd be lovely if THIS was the year that we could be together in 'that way' for the first time."
While it's devastating for a couple to learn that they cannot engage in the intimate act of penetrative sex with each other, there are other ways couples can enjoy pleasurable intimacy in their relationships.
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