Are you suffering from Vaginismus? There is a surgical procedure that can help you with your issue. Here's what you need to know in order to see if you might be a candidate for Vaginismus surgery.
One of the most common causes of sexless or unconsummated marriages is vaginismus. It's also one of the primary causes of sexual pain during intercourse.
Vaginismus teaches your body to expect pain during penetration. This expectation causes your body to tighten its muscles. The automatic tightening makes the chances of experiencing pain almost certain.
But is there anything you can do to correct this reaction?
Vaginismus surgery is one way to treat this condition. Vaginismus surgical treatment is quick and effective.
In this guide, we'll take you through how to know if you have vaginismus. This will help you determine if you're a candidate for vaginismus surgery.
WHAT IS VAGINISMUS?
Vaginismus is a chronic condition. Women with vaginismus experience spastic, uncontrollable and painful contractions of their vaginal muscles.
his condition happens when the pelvic floor muscles tighten involuntarily. Particularly, it's the tightening occurs in the pubococcygeus (PC) muscle group.
Vaginismus causes burning, discomfort and mild to severe pain in women of all ages. During penetration, a woman feels a barrier between the vaginal opening and the canal.
The pain doesn't only occur during sexual intercourse. Touching the surrounding area may also cause discomfort. This makes gynecological exams and inserting tampons difficult.
This condition is both physical and psychological. It's caused by a combination of physical and non-physical factors.
Women who suffer from vaginismus may develop anxiety. This causes the pelvic muscles to tighten in anticipation of penetration. This anxiety causes panic and withdrawal from situations where penetration is expected.
6 SIGNS VAGINISMUS MEDICAL TREATMENT MAY BE FOR YOU
Below we discuss 6 signs that you may be a candidate for vaginismus surgery.
YOU SUFFER FROM DYSPAREUNIA
Some women who experience pain during sexual intercourse are diagnosed with dyspareunia. Dyspareunia is persistent or recurrent pain occurring before, during or after sexual intercourse.
The causes are not using the right amount of lubrication, engaging in rough sex, physical or psychological trauma, or harboring negative feelings towards one's partner.
5%-15% of women diagnosed with dyspareunia are actually suffering from vaginismus. If you've received this diagnosis from your doctor, vaginismus may be the real cause of your issue. You may benefit from vaginismus surgery.
YOU HAVE ALWAYS EXPERIENCED PAIN AS A RESULT OF PENETRATION
If you've experienced pain as a result of penetration for your whole life, this could be a symptom of primary vaginismus. Primary vaginismus is a chronic lifetime condition.
Many women notice this pain when trying to insert a tampon upon the onset of menstruation.
Women with primary vaginismus are candidates for vaginismus surgery.
YOU'VE HAD HEALTHY SEXUAL INTERCOURSE IN THE PAST
Some women have healthy sexual penetration for most of their life and then develop pain. If you're experiencing pain now, you may have secondary vaginismus.
Pain from secondary vaginismus can be mild to severe. It can occur before, during, or after penetration.
It's possible that your pelvic floor has tightened as a result of infection or the onset of menopause. A physical or psychological traumatic event could have caused it. Or you may have a related medical condition, issues in your relationship, or a side effect of surgery.
If you have secondary vaginismus, vaginismus surgery can help relieve your pain.
YOU ARE EXPERIENCING PAIN AND HAVE ONE OR MORE PHYSICAL CAUSE
Below are some of the physical causes of vaginismus. If you're experiencing pain from intercourse and you've had (or have) one or more of the following, you may be suffering from vaginismus that can be treated with vaginismus surgery.
- Medical conditions such as urinary tract or yeast infections, past or current sexually transmitted infections (STIs), endometriosis, cysts, ovarian or pelvic cancer, vulvodynia, pelvic inflammatory disease, lichen planus, lichen sclerosis, vestibulodynia, severe eczema, psoriasis, vaginal prolapse.
- Normal or difficult vaginal deliveries during childbirth.
- C-sections and miscarriages.
- Changes in hormones caused by menopause.
- Vaginal dryness or vaginal atrophy.
- Pelvic surgery, difficult pelvic examinations, and pelvic trauma.
- Physical attack, rape, sexual or physical abuse or assault.
- Side effects from medications causing pelvic pain.
YOU ARE EXPERIENCING PAIN AND HAVE ONE OR MORE NON-PHYSICAL CAUSE
These are some of the non-physical causes of vaginismus. If you're experiencing pain and you've had (or have) one or more of these non-physical causes, you are a candidate for vaginismus surgery.
- Fear relating to pain, tissue damage, getting pregnant, or a concern that intercourse may cause a medical problem.
- General anxiety or anxiety surrounding performance, the possibility of discomfort or unpleasantness.
- Guilt, negativity toward sex, emotional trauma or unhealthy sexual emotions.
- Issues with your partner in regards to abuse, emotional detachment, commitment.
- Trauma from personal emotional or sexual abuse or witnessing violence or abuse.
- Childhood trauma from emotionally damaging parenting, unbalanced religious teachings, exposure to sexual imagery, or inadequate sexual education.
YOUR DOCTOR HAS BEEN UNABLE TO DIAGNOSE YOUR PROBLEM
Doctors don't know what causes the onset of vaginismus. There is currently no medical test to diagnose vaginismus.
Women who experience pain from penetration may consult with their doctor over a number of years. This doesn't always result in a clear diagnosis.
If you haven't received a clear diagnosis for your pain, you may be suffering from vaginismus.
HOW CAN VAGINISMUS BE TREATED?
Using botox to treat vaginismus has over a 90% success rate. Dr. Jaime Schwartz uses Botox to treat those suffering from vaginismus. It works in conjunction with the treatment from your doctors and/or therapists.
In this procedure, Botox is injected into your pelvic floor muscles. The botulin causes the pelvic floor muscles to relax involuntarily. Whether the vaginismus is psychological or physical, you'll have relief.
Within 10 days of the treatment, you can use a dilator along with physical therapy. Once you feel comfortable, you can attempt penetration.
Most women have achieved penetration without pain with ONE treatment.
END THE PAIN CYCLE WITH BOTOX
If you meet any of the above criteria, you might be a good candidate for vaginismus medical treatment. Botox injections can help. Contact us for a personalized consultation and break the cycle of pain now.