Anxiety Making Initial Contact with Dr. Pacik’s Office

Heather, the VaginismusMD Forum Moderator, is the author of this blog.
Thank you Heather!

Nervousness, tension, and extreme anxiety are symptoms that often accompany vaginismus. Many of our vaginismus patients have a very difficult time making initial contact with our office. We have had several telephone hang-ups per day, canceled appointments or no-shows for my pre-procedure telephone/skype sessions. We have had some husbands fill out the necessary forms because their wives are unable to fill out the questionnaires.

Many of our patients are consumed by long-term anxiety and have also experienced several failed treatments in the past. Additional reasons may include the anxiety of facing the condition of vaginismus head-on. These couples become complacent with what is. Change disrupts the balance and is more work. Change is physically and mentally harder. What if we are still unhappy after treatment? Change represents moving into the unknown, a leap of faith that we are making the right decision. Know that you are not alone with these thoughts.

A series of posts on the Forum clearly show that although vaginismus patients may desire to receive treatment, the first initial contact with my office proves very difficult for them. This is not uncommon and this is the real fear and anxiety that accompanies the condition of vaginismus.

Heather, our moderator, who struggled for fifteen years with a complete inability to have any form of penetration, noted:

“I remember having anxiety about just starting the process of calling Dr. Pacik’s office and inquiring about the treatment and then scheduling the treatment. This, too, is such a common fear ladies.”

Diana, who struggled with vaginismus for seven years, noted:

“I was anxious about making the first move to contact Dr. Pacik’s staff because of my fear of feeling judged just like all those doctor’s visits that I had during 7 years of trying to get someone to help me with vaginismus. Dr. Pacik offers that you speak with someone who went through the treatment and achieved results before you take the decision to schedule your treatment, this was a wonderful experience since it was the first time I was vocalizing my experience with someone who knew exactly what I was going through. After this, Dr. Pacik offered to call me and he did, he responded all my questions with great respect and patience. I schedule my treatment the day after and can’t be more grateful and happy with my decision. I have been vaginismus-free for over one year now!”

There is a great deal to be learned about vaginismus and its many manifestations. By joining the Forum one can learn firsthand through the words of women who struggle with this condition.

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About Dr. Pacik

Peter Pacik, MD, FACS is a recognized pioneer in treating patients with Botox for vaginismus and the author of When Sex Seems Impossible: Stories of Vaginismus and How You Can Achieve Intimacy. He has been in practice for over thirty years and belongs to a small group of prestigious surgeons who are double board certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In 2010, Dr. Pacik received FDA approval to continue his study to treat vaginismus using intravaginal injections of Botox together with progressive dilation under anesthesia.
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