Peter T. Pacik, MD, FACS
Vaginismus: The Importance of Giving
Peter T. Pacik, MD, FACS
During the many years I treated women for vaginismus an overriding impact has been the lack of self-esteem, the shame and embarrassment, the destruction of budding and established relationships and the inability to have a family. These emotions weigh heavily on these women and their partners. As so many women have told me they think about their vaginismus day and night.
There are a number of treatments available however many physicians are not yet trained in diagnosing and treating vaginismus despite the description of this condition as far back as the 1500’s and given the name in 1861 by Dr. J. Marion Sims .
Vaginismus was re-defined by the DSM 5 as a pelvic pain/penetration disorder . This allowed treating clinicians to understand that difficulty with vaginal penetration was more than inability to achieve intercourse and delineated the inability to achieve any form of penetration such as the use of tampons, fingers and a GYN exam. Yet to this day insurance companies often do not cover treatment, especially the use of a Botox multimodal program used for the more severe forms of vaginismus .
The result of this is that many women know that something is wrong yet are unable to get a correct diagnosis and treatment. There are a great many women who cannot afford treatment and go on for years and years suffering.
Lady Sparrow’s foundation provides a means for raising money so that vaginismus suffers can get proper treatment. To my knowledge this is the only foundation in the US that makes this possible. We still have a great deal of work that needs to be done to help educate physicians in the understanding and treatment of this debilitating disorder. Any donation, large or small, will help these women get proper care from diagnosis to treatment.
1. When Sex Seems Impossible. Stories of Vaginismus & How You Can Achieve Intimacy by Peter T. Pacik, MD, FACS available at Amazon.com
2. American Psychiatric Association, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Washington D.C. (2013)
3. Pacik PT “Understanding and Treating Vaginismus – a Multimodal Approach” International Urogynecology Journal. 2014 10.1007/s00192-014-2421-y
More information about vaginismus can be found on the website www.PacikVaginismus.com
4. More information about vaginismus can be found on the website www.PacikVaginismus.com