There’s so much to aesthetic gynaecology than labiaplasty, vaginoplasty, and genital bleaching. Dr Novikova also offers Vaginismus treatment which helps with pain which occurs during penetration of the vagina or pain at the vaginal opening can be related to a condition called Vaginismus. This condition is an involuntary contraction of vaginal muscle on penetration. It is usually triggered by unpleasant sexual experience either due to forced sexual encounter or more commonly due to pain caused by infection, vaginal dryness, a spasm or soreness in one of the vaginal muscles and glands or other medical conditions.
The cause of vaginismus is not fully understood but is often developed due to the association of vaginal pain following yeast or bladder infection whilst for some women, it can be a fear of potential pregnancy.
The aftermath of a painful experience causes the brain to send a signal to the vaginal muscle to contract, which causes more pain on penetration, setting a vicious cycle into play. Even when the original cause of pain is no longer a present factor, the contraction of the vaginal muscle on penetration occurs automatically.
Traditionally, Vaginismus treatment was cognitive which involves psychological therapy. This was often accompanied by vaginal dilators.
How does Botox help with Painful Penetration?
Botolinum toxin or botox as it is more commonly known as an injection which is administered for medical and cosmetic purposes. There is a wide range of uses for Botox, with more recent findings highlighting the effect of Botox when it is injected into the vaginal muscles. The injection stops the vagina from contracting and breaks the vicious cycle of Vaginismus. The pain reducing effects can be felt around 2 weeks after the first treatment. Effects of Botox does not wear off when treating Vaginismus as it does when used in other aesthetic medicine.
What is after-procedure care required?
Dr Novikova will provide you with the guidance on care following botox injection. There are certain exercises that you will have to do yourself and then with your partner following the procedure.