Botox 'may help women with vaginal spasms that stop them from having sex'

May 10, 2012, 06:35 IST | ANI

Botox treatments may help women who suffer from vaginal muscle spasms, says an expert

A major news channel website has reported that Botulinum Toxin A, the active ingredient in drugs such as Botox and Dysport, could help treat severe cases of vaginismus, vaginal spasms that affect women's ability to be sexually penetrated.

Dr. Peter Pacik, a New Hampshire surgeon, is conducting an FDA-approved clinical trial testing the use of Botox on female patients who experience painful burning sensations and vaginal muscle contractions that make having sex nearly impossible.

Pacik said that as many as 6 percent of women worldwide suffer from the muscle spasms caused by a reflex reaction to sex, reports a major newspaper.

The condition has been linked to women who have experienced sexual abuse or have grown up thinking sex is immoral, he said.

Pacik said a shot of Botox at the entrance of the vagina works similarly to the way it does on the face, allowing muscles to relax.

Of the 78 women who have been treated by Pacik, all but one have been cured after a single session.

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