WHAT IS VAGINISMUS?
Vaginismus is characterized by painful contractions that make any vaginal penetration feel painful or uncomfortable. This is caused by a combination of physical and non-physical stressors that elicit the body to anticipate pain. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz has developed a specialized treatment plan for vaginismus that can be used alongside the care you might already be receiving. The treatment utilizes neuromodulators injected into the pelvic floor muscles to relax the area and break the pain cycle. If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact our Beverly Hills, CA office today to learn more about vaginismus and schedule a consultation. Let Dr. Schwartz create a treatment plan to help you find relief and achieve a better quality of life.
WHAT CAUSES VAGINISMUS?
Vaginismus can happen at any point in life and can be caused by a wide variety of factors. Some discover it early on when trying to place tampons or undergo gynecological exams. Others notice it years later, after beginning a sexual relationship with a partner. It is divided into primary and secondary vaginismus.
- PRIMARY VAGINISMUS – Primary vaginismus is a lifetime condition where pain has always been present during any attempt at vaginal penetration. It is often experienced during a woman’s first attempt at tampon placement or vaginal intercourse. This is the main cause of sexless, unconsummated marriages.
- SECONDARY VAGINISMUS – Secondary vaginismus involves vaginal tightness or pain in a woman who has had a previous normal sexual function. This can be due to infection, menopause, a traumatic event, injury, certain medications, the development of a medical condition, relationship issues, surgery, stress and anxiety, or childbirth.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR VAGINISMUS TREATMENT?
Prior to receiving vaginismus treatment, you will need to receive a proper diagnosis to ensure there are no other underlying conditions that may be causing your pain. Candidates for treatment may have always been experiencing pain with intercourse or it could have just started after having previous normal sexual function. No matter whether you have primary or secondary vaginismus, Dr. Schwartz can let you know if you may benefit from BOTOX injections for the treatment of your condition.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VAGINISMUS TREATMENT?
Vaginismus treatment can greatly improve your sexual health and wellness by treating pain that occurs during intercourse. Vaginismus can cause both physical and psychological concerns, but thankfully, treatment is available in order to improve your quality of life. Additionally, vaginismus treatment at our Beverly Hills, CA facility does not require significant downtime afterwards and has a very high success rate, even after just one treatment session.
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HOW IS VAGINISMUS TREATED?
Dr. Schwartz has developed a unique treatment plan for women showing symptoms of vaginismus. Our treatment requires injecting BOTOX® into the pelvic floor muscles. This relaxes the area and breaks the pain cycle. Patients can continue to see their primary care doctors and other specialists as usual. Approximately 10 days after the initial treatment, you can begin using dilators in conjunction with physical therapy. We've seen more than a 97% success rate with neuromodulator treatment. Most women who see Dr. Schwartz experience pain-free vaginal penetration after just one treatment.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER VAGINISMUS TREATMENT?
Most patients can experience reduced vaginismus symptoms, discomfort, and pain within about 10 – 14 days or less after their BOTOX injections. Patients need to continue care and treatment with their doctor, including physical therapy, dilator use, and other current treatment regimens to achieve the best outcomes. Although the effects of BOTOX typically only last up to four months, when used in conjunction with dilators and other therapies, the results can be long-lasting. If needed, repeat treatments may be done, but only in consultation with your care provider.
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How long does BOTOX for vaginismus last?
BOTOX remains active in the body for up to four months, but by six months, any lingering effects of the drug will disappear. Most vaginismus clients achieve pain-free intercourse by this point and will continue to experience pain-free intercourse in the future.
How quickly does treatment for vaginismus work?
Once BOTOX is injected into the vaginal walls, it takes about a week for patients to realize the full effect. Dr. Schwartz instructs clients receiving BOTOX for vaginismus to begin trying dilators ten days after treatment. If successful, he then recommends trying sexual intercourse.
How many vaginismus treatment sessions will I need?
In most cases, a single BOTOX treatment can effectively treat vaginismus symptoms. During your consultation with Dr. Schwartz, he will work with you to create the right treatment plan to address your personal needs.
Why does BOTOX work for vaginismus?
BOTOX is most known for softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. This injectable works by weakening or stopping the muscle from contracting. BOTOX is administered into the vaginal muscles based on the severity of your condition and the number of muscles affected. Larger muscles require larger doses, while smaller muscles require smaller doses.
GET RELIEF FOR VAGINISMUS PAIN
You don't have to suffer through the pain, anxiety, and lower quality of life caused by vaginismus. Take control of your health and contact Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz at his Beverly Hills, CA practice to schedule a private consultation. No matter the cause of your vaginismus pain, Dr. Schwartz can create a personalized vaginismus treatment plan to help you get the relief you want, need, and deserve.