Treatment of Vaginismus and Vulvar Pain
The involuntary, abnormal contraction of the perineal or vaginal muscles makes sexual relations painful or even impossible. Some women are forced to avoid all sexual activity as a result. This can be cured by an injection of botulinum toxin ("Botox") to relax the muscles.
The Botox is injected directly into the affected muscles, with the effect lasting between 6 to 8 months. By the end of this period, the vaginismus will generally have disappeared. Some women also suffer from vulvodynias, in other words, pains in a specific area of the perineum. The sensitive zone can very often be eradicated by means of a targeted Botox injection, thus allowing the patient to rediscover a new quality of life.
The Problem: The muscles of the perineum or the vagina contract involuntarily, making sexual relations painful or even impossible.
The Procedure: Botulinum toxin injections. The Botox causes the muscles to relax and the painful area is thus desensitised for six to eight months, which is sufficient time for the problem to be eradicated.
Anaesthesia: under sedation (short general anaesthetic), a good disinfection is sufficient.
Risks: The injected amount of Botox must be carefully controlled because, in excess, it could cause a heart attack or neurological problems.