Even though discomfort during sex is common, it should not be a part of your everyday life. Vaginismus is a medical condition that is often overlooked or ignored. So what is vaginismus, and why do women avoid speaking with their doctors about it? Some people may feel too embarrassed or uncomfortable. However, getting diagnosed can open the door for treatment options to alleviate this pain or get rid of it for good.
At our clinic in Beverly Hills, CA, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz can help women suffering from vaginismus or tight vaginal muscles. We have developed a treatment plan through the use of BOTOX® to relax the pelvic floor muscles and break the pain cycle. If you would like to enjoy a normal sex life with your partner once again, we encourage you to reach out for a simple consultation. We have seen a very high success rate following vaginal rejuvenation treatment.
What is vaginismus?
Vaginismus can happen at any point in a woman’s life. It is characterized by the tightening of the pelvic floor muscles, making vaginal penetration very difficult or impossible. This condition makes it feel as if there is a barrier or wall to the vaginal canal. Women who suffer from this disorder may experience pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse or when inserting tampons. They may also have some fear or anxiety that causes them to withdraw from these situations.
Most individuals are unaware of vaginismus or a tight vagina during sex. Sometimes they blame their discomfort on inadequate lubrication or negative feelings about their partner. Although this may be the case in some people, it is important to get a medical assessment to see if vaginismus is the root of the issue. When you visit Dr. Schwartz in Beverly Hills, CA, we will review your medical history and ask questions to see if you could benefit from vaginal rejuvenation treatment.
What causes vaginismus?
There are many factors that determine if a person is diagnosed with vaginismus. Primary vaginismus means that pain has always been present during all attempts at vaginal penetration. Secondary vaginismus occurs in women who have had normal sexual function in the past but can no longer have pain-free sex due to an outside event. This could include complications from vaginal deliveries, menopause, urinary tract infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, or physical trauma. There are also mental barriers that can cause a tight vagina during sex. Previous unpleasant sexual experiences, or feelings of guilt or anxiety may also lead to vaginismus.
What goes into vaginismus treatment?
You may be familiar with the use of BOTOX injections as a cosmetic treatment. It stops the muscles from contracting in the face to prevent the formation of smile lines and deep wrinkles. The ability to freeze muscles has led to the successful use of BOTOX in vaginismus treatment. Injections are administered into the vaginal muscles, making them unable to contract. As a result, patients experience a significant feeling of relief.
Dr. Schwartz believes that every woman should have the ability to experience sexual intercourse or place a tampon in comfort. To begin the BOTOX procedure, we will help you feel comfortable using a topical anesthetic on the treatment area. We then carefully mark and administer BOTOX into the specific muscles that cause pain during intercourse. Afterward, a member of our knowledgeable team will provide helpful instructions and guidelines for protecting the vaginal area at home.
What happens after vaginismus treatment?
After treatment, the BOTOX injection may cause you to feel a little tender or sore for the remainder of the day. We suggest that you refrain from applying pressure to the vagina or participating in strenuous exercise to make sure the treatment is as effective as possible and does not harm your natural tissue. Even though the recovery time from BOTOX is very short, you still want to treat the area with care. Patients should be able to notice a relaxing of the vaginal muscles as a result of the procedure.
Get vaginal rejuvenation treatment in Beverly Hills, CA
If you struggle with issues of vaginal penetration, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz can perform a medical evaluation and provide solutions in the form of BOTOX injections. Our clinic in Beverly Hills, CA, is proud to have developed a specialized technique that can be used alongside the care you may already be receiving from a primary physician or physical therapist. Most women who see Dr. Schwartz experience normal sexual intercourse after just one treatment. Learn more by scheduling a personalized consultation in our office today.