So, what causes vaginismus?
Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to this question. Vaginismus has no specific cause, though it is thought that it may occur due to some of the following reasons:
- Fear of sex
- Negative experiences with sex (perhaps from sexual abuse)
- Previous painful experiences (perhaps a vaginal examination)
- Negative and shameful emotions around sex
Can vaginismus be treated?
Yes! If you believe you are suffering from vaginismus, it is advisable to consult a specialist gynaecologist, as many times patients confuse infections or other vaginal problems for vaginismus, but it’s essential that you get the correct treatment.
Studies show that vaginismus is a reasonably common psychosexual problem. This however does not mean that vaginismus is purely reliant on psychological treatments. A combination of psychological treatments and physical treatments, like Botox, are likely to give the best results. Botox has been proven to be an effective treatment for women suffering from vaginismus.
Does Botox help with vaginismus?
Vaginismus and Botox may sound like an unusual combination, but it can be very effective. Just as Botox works on facial muscles to relax them and prevent wrinkles, it can be injected into the muscles around the entrance of the vagina to relax the muscles. Once the muscles are relaxed, graded dilators can be used to help build up the size and regain the ability to penetrate the vagina comfortably. Eventually, it is possible to have intercourse.
The number of Botox treatments will vary between individuals but your medical practitioner should be able to advise. The procedure takes place under local or full anaesthesia.
Dr Alex Eskander, Consultant Gynaecologist at The Gynae Centre, explains: “A lot of misinformation is spread across the internet which discourages women from seeking help. Vaginismus is really quite common, especially in younger women who may have had bad experiences in the past. Unfortunatley vaginismus can impact a woman’s sex life negatively and can ultimately lead to low self esteem. However, thanks to medical advancements, Botox is a very effective treatment that can help women start living their lives fully again.”
Is Botox safe?
Botox treatment for vaginismus is extremely safe when conducted by an experienced professional. Studies confirm the safety (and effectiveness) of the treatment, and the countless success stories just reaffirm faith in the procedure.
So, what’s the next step?
If you think you are suffering from vaginismus or know someone who might be, it is advisable to consult your GP. Alternatively, you may feel more comfortable going directly to a vaginismus specialist. Don’t let vaginismus affect your quality of life. Take control of your health and seek help today.