Botox used to treat sexual issues

March 16, 2011

Botox used to treat sexual issues
Botox used to treat sexual issues

Botox has been used to help treat wrinkles and migraines, and now it seems that the injectable substance has a new usage - treatment of sexual issues. Botulinum Toxin type A, the active ingredient in Botox and Dysport, can be used to treat vaginal spasming, which is a painful condition that can prevent some women from starting a family, according to MSNBC.

The condition, clinically referred to as vaginismus, causes women to constrict their muscles so tightly that they are unable to have sex. The FDA has approved clinical trials, allowing some plastic surgeons to treat patients with this condition using Botox to interrupt nerve impulses, allowing the vaginal muscles to relax.

Clinical trials have so far proved successful, and many of the patients involved have been able to maintain a regular sex life.

Patti Dyer, a 59-year-old resident of Maine, told the news source that she suffered from vaginismus for more than 30 years. Two weeks after she received the treatment, she noticed major improvements in her condition.

“We’re like honeymooners,” she said of herself and her husband. “This is so exciting. This is what it should have been 30 years ago.”

Botox is typically used for cosmetic purposes to reduce wrinkling around one’s eyes or mouth. Botox treatments typically last for three to four months, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery


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