A pelvic exam by a gynecologist or a primary care provider, can confirm the diagnosis of vaginismus. A medical history and complete physical exam are important to look for other causes of pain with sexual intercourse (dyspareunia). A condition called vestibulodynia is a very common cause of vaginismus. It is thought to be caused by oversensitive nerves at the opening of the vagina, and causes pain or discomfort when penetration is attempted. Vaginismus can also sometimes be caused by inflammation or an injury to the vagina or vulva.
You can feel at ease talking with us about this most private topic. For women with vaginismus, it is important to choose an experienced surgeon and a surgical facility that provides the privacy you desire. Find out more by contacting Fox Valley Plastic Surgery at (920) 233-1540 to request a consultation. The non-refundable $80 cosmetic consultation fee can be applied towards the cost of the procedure. If your OB-GYN has formally diagnosed your condition as vaginismus, then the initial consultation is usually covered by insurance. We generally require a referral from your OB-GYN in order to make it a productive consultation.
Vaginismus is highly treatable, and a full recovery from vaginismus is the normal outcome of treatment. Conventional treatment approaches combine pelvic floor control exercises, insertion or dilation training, pain elimination techniques, transition steps, and exercises designed to help women identify, express and resolve any contributing emotional components. Treatment steps are often completed at home, allowing a woman to work at her own pace in privacy, or in cooperation with her health care provider.
When conventional methods do not work, Fox Valley Plastic Surgery works with physical therapists in the treatment of vaginismus. Using BOTOX® injections to treat vaginismus dates back to 1997. BOTOX® and a local topical anesthetic are injected in the vaginal walls. This is usually done under anesthesia in the surgery center, instead of in the office, because the vaginal walls would normally constrict under such conditions. This would prevent the Botox from being administered.
The Botox prevents the vaginal walls from constricting. While the patient is under anesthesia, the physical therapist progressively dilates that vagina with dilators, and leaves the dilator in place when the patient awakes. Under the supervision of a pelvic physical therapist, the patient practices moving the dilator in and out of the vagina for several days. The patient will eventually transition from dilators to intercourse.
The treatment of vaginismus with Botox makes the condition highly correctable. Fox Valley Plastic Surgery’s first vaginismus patient in 2013 came for treatment three months before her wedding. Her treatment was successful, and she became pregnant a year later.
All patients should pair up with their gynecologist or physical therapist before consulting for Botox treatment with Fox Valley Plastic Surgery. FVPS only administers the injection. The physical therapist is responsible for all physical and emotional support during the treatment process. If patients do not have a physical therapist, FVPS can refer them to a qualified healthcare professional.
Although insurance does not usually cover our treatment of vaginismus, our billing office can verify your coverage by submitting a prior authorization request after your initial consultation. It costs approximately $4000 for this procedure out of pocket.
There are additional measures that patients can do to increase their chances of success:
Get treatment for vaginismus. Make an appointment with one of our professionals to discuss your concerns, and to devise a comprehensive and personized treatment plan. Request your consultation today.