Is Biofeedback Helpful to Vaginismus Sufferers

Biofeedback teaches patients how to lessen pelvic floor tension. It can be valuable in the less severe patients with vaginismus, but requires a probe in the pelvic area that may make the more severe cases of vaginismus uncomfortable.

Therefore, it is extremely important to stratify patients according to the severity of vaginismus. Lumping every patient into the same generalized category of vaginismus, without understanding the severity, allows some patients to benefit from treatment whereas others fail to make progress.

Dr. Oz Video: Vaginal Panic Attacks

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On a previous Dr. Oz show, there is a segment in which vaginismus and the treatment of biofeedback is discussed. In my opinion, this video segment fails to take into account the severity of vaginismus in the women who are treated. I encourage you to watch this video and comment on this method of treatment.

Comment from our Moderator of the VaginismusMD Forum

Heather, our moderator of the VaginismusMD Forum wrote the following regarding the topic of Vaginismus Advocacy: Dr. Oz which I feel is important to share with you.

I was a Pacik/Lamont level 5 patient with severe vaginismus. I personally know that the only thing that would have worked for me was Dr. Pacik’s Botox program with progressive dilation, as I couldn’t even insert a q-tip prior without experiencing the fear/pain response that is vaginismus. I could not have inserted any type of bio-feedback mechanism. I tried and failed at physical therapy in the past due to the same reason of being unable to insert anything without the fear and subsequent pain.

Most of the patients I see have the more severe form of vaginismus and it is for this reason that I have become a proponent of the Botox and dilation treatment program.

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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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