I Got Botox In My Vagina And It Changed My Life


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For years, I struggled with vaginal pain. And then
Botox changed that.

1. Hello,
fellow people with vaginas and people without,
my name is Lara, and for basically my entire
adult life I’ve had Vagina Problems™.

Hello, fellow people with vaginas and people without, my name is Lara, and for basically my entire adult life I've had Vagina Problems™.

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To get into even MORE specifics, I’ve
officially been diagnosed with the following
conditions within the last five years of my
life:
1.
Vaginismus (basically, tightness of the
vaginal muscles).
2. Vulvodynia
(chronic vulvar pain without cause).
3. Vulvar
vestibulitis (severe pain during attempted
vaginal entry, whether it be intercourse or
tampons).
4.
Interstitial cystitis (painful bladder
sometimes caused by pelvic floor
dysfunction).
4. Endometriosis
(when endometrial tissue is found outside the
uterus on other parts of the body).
5. And overall
pelvic floor dysfunction as a result of all
of this. (Not being able to control your pelvic
floor muscles. FUN!!)

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2. To get
not so specific, MY VAGINA HURTS A LOT. In
fact, it hurts me so much that
vaginal intercourse has never been possible
for me.

To get not so specific, MY VAGINA HURTS A LOT. In fact, it hurts me so much that vaginal intercourse has never been possible for me.

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Lara Parker

And after years of physical therapy and

dilator work (using a tool to expand the
muscles in your vagina), I still wasn’t making
much progress in the ol’ vagina department.

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3. So when
I began reading about
Botox as a treatment for my conditions, I was
ready as hell to try it. Because, quite frankly,
I would try just about anything to get rid of my
pain.

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4. I
tried for several months to find an OB-GYN who
could perform the procedure for me, but even in
Los Angeles, I had basically no luck. That’s
because Botox is not yet FDA-approved to treat
vaginal issues, despite
several studies currently being conducted
on its effects on vaginal and pelvic floor
pain.

I tried for several months to find an OB-GYN who could perform the procedure for me, but even in Los Angeles, I had basically no luck. That's because Botox is not yet FDA-approved to treat vaginal issues, despite several studies currently being conducted on its effects on vaginal and pelvic floor pain.

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For that reason, it can be incredibly difficult
to find gynecologists who provide these
treatments for their patients — or plastic
surgeons who are also trained in vulvovaginal
disorders. Finally, I heard about The
Roxbury Institute, a plastic surgery center
in Beverly Hills that specializes in customized
procedures (and works with outside doctors like
gynecologists) aka getting Botox in your
vagina!

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5. At The
Roxbury Institute, I worked with
Dr. Jaime Schwartz, a board-certified
plastic surgeon, and
Dr. Mickey Karram, renowned urogynecologist
and pelvic surgeon.

At The Roxbury Institute, I worked with Dr. Jaime Schwartz, a board-certified plastic surgeon, and Dr. Mickey Karram, renowned urogynecologist and pelvic surgeon.

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We sat down and they explained the procedure to
me. The reason they thought Botox would be a
good option for me is because Botox is a

neurotoxin injection.

Basically, what that means is that Botox
stops muscles from contracting. And a lot of
times when women have conditions similar to
mine, their muscles are in a constant state of
contraction…which is what causes the pain! So
if Botox stops this, ideally it would stop the
pain as well.

According to the doctors I spoke with, vaginal
Botox injections can be effective for up to six
months, and you may need additional injections
to maintain the pain relief. But because
vaginal Botox is relatively new and still being
researched, there are no official treatment
guidelines yet.

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6. Then
all of a sudden…it was time to get injected.
Going into the procedure, I was so nervous. I
mean, who wouldn’t be? I was about to get very
long needles stuck into my very sensitive
vaginal area.

Then all of a sudden...it was time to get injected. Going into the procedure, I was so nervous. I mean, who wouldn't be? I was about to get very long needles stuck into my very sensitive vaginal area.

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But I was mostly nervous that it wouldn’t work.
For the past seven-plus years, I’ve tried so
many different things to relieve my pain with
these conditions, and very little helped. I
felt so hopeful about this procedure for the
first time in a long time, and I didn’t want to
be let down…again. That would truly crush me.

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7. The
whole thing took about 10 minutes. It hurt,
pretty badly, but I was able to do it by using
laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and reminding
myself that it would be so worth it in the end.

The whole thing took about 10 minutes. It hurt, pretty badly, but I was able to do it by using laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and reminding myself that it would be so worth it in the end.

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There was a time in my life when I couldn’t
even handle inserting a tampon, and I had just
made it through long needles in my vagina…it
was worth celebrating. So celebrate I did.

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8. It
took me two years of physical therapy to get to
a medium-sized dilator. But when I used it
post-Botox, it went right in and I didn’t even
freaking feel it. I was so overcome with
emotion at that time that I just started
bawling. They were definitely happy tears.

It took me two years of physical therapy to get to a medium-sized dilator. But when I used it post-Botox, it went right in and I didn’t even freaking feel it. I was so overcome with emotion at that time that I just started bawling. They were definitely happy tears.

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And when I tried to use the largest size? I did
it, with little problem. But I did feel like I
had to pee pretty much constantly. Small price
to pay.

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9. The
next test was going to physical therapy —
normally a place of extreme dread. But with
Botox, physical therapy was a totally different
experience. I was able to handle most of the
exercises with little discomfort. And while it
wasn’t 100% pain-free — I’m not sure it ever
will be — it was such an improvement I almost
couldn’t believe it.

The next test was going to physical therapy — normally a place of extreme dread. But with Botox, physical therapy was a totally different experience. I was able to handle most of the exercises with little discomfort. And while it wasn't 100% pain-free — I'm not sure it ever will be — it was such an improvement I almost couldn't believe it.

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Botox isn’t a cure-all. I’ll need to put in A
LOT of work on my own to get to where I want to
be. Botox was the ultimate jumping-off point,
don’t get me wrong, but to truly get the
results I want, I have to use dilators and go
to physical therapy and do my stretches every
day. BUT, with that being said, the
difference between physical therapy before
Botox and after Botox was honestly
astounding.

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10. As
far as sexual intercourse goes — well, it still
isn’t that easy. Maybe it won’t be for a while.
But the progress I have already made with Botox
and physical therapy makes me wonder if that
day is as far away as I think.

Plus, dealing with these conditions for the
past several years has taught me that there are

many ways to be intimate that do not
include actual penetration.

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11. At
the end of the day — getting Botox injected
into my vagina truly changed my life. But it
was also a reminder of just how much farther we
still have to go.

At the end of the day — getting Botox injected into my vagina truly changed my life. But it was also a reminder of just how much farther we still have to go.

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I made so much progress with Botox, but I was
also reminded that there currently is no magic
cure for the conditions that I live with.
Trying to lessen the pain on a daily basis
requires a lot of work and time. And
these conditions are often misdiagnosed or not
given the research and time they deserve. I
look forward to the day when Botox and other
treatments for these conditions are more
readily available and affordable for every
woman who has to suffer.
Because having
vagina problems? Well, it sucks. But with
continued research and awareness, maybe it
won’t have to forever.

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Botox injections were provided to BuzzFeed
free of charge; they normally cost around
$300-$500 per injection.

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