Teaching Physicians about Vaginismus

Many women who are suffering from vaginismus are self-diagnosed as this condition is not well known to physicians. They often have a lot of misinformation regarding vaginismus, which often times delays them from having treatment.

Recently, one of our Forum members who has become a staunch advocate for women suffering with vaginismus has been invited to conduct a workshop that will teach both physicians and nurses about the condition of vaginismus

On our VaginismusMD Forum, she writes:

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“Hello Everyone,

I have some great news. I have been asked to conduct a workshop for some nurses and doctors at a local Sexual Health clinic here in Calgary. This is not going to be an easy step to take, but I am looking forward to it. I wanted to share this because I was wondering if anyone else on this forum was from Calgary and would like to join me! It will be happening on November 1st from 1-3pm.

I would also like to ask all of you if there is anything in particular that you would like me to educate them about in particular. I want to be a voice for all of you to the professionals that I have a chance to talk with face to face, so please let me know. Even if you want me to share a particular story about how you have been treated when you have tried to access services for help. What would make things better for you? Please comment below and I will be sure to pass on your messages to the professionals that have allowed me to talk to them about vaginismus.”

For a complete listing of this thread on our VaginismusMD Forum, please click here. This thread starts on page 2.

VaginismusMD ForumI encourage you to please comment on this important post on our Vaginismus MD Forum. For the veterans who are now post-procedure and who may have suffered for countless years with this condition, what do you want physicians and nurses to know about it? For anyone who continues to suffer with vaginismus, please let your voices be heard. What is it that we can all teach physicians and nurses about this often devastating condition? Knowledge is power and the more that we all contribute in this fight, the more the condition of vaginismus will become more well-known so that no women has to continue to suffer in silence or receive misdiagnosis.

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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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