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    Hey, I have primary vaginismus. I’m 19 and have never been able to insert a tampon or a finger or even a cotton bud. I’ve been having therapy at Relate for some time now and it hasn’t been helping as I don’t really have any underlying psychological issues, apart from being anxious about the pain caused by insertion. Today I went to ask my GP if I could get botox treatment on the NHS and she said certainly not. So I was wondering:


    I’m happy to pay for it if I must, but has anyone received it on the NHS? I’m being referred to a psychosexual therapist in London but therapy takes an average of 4-7 years which seems crazy considering botox could sort out the problem in a matter of weeks?

    Thanks in advance.


    Hi Chloe,

    Unfortunately I don’t know of a practitioner who performs the botox procedure in London like we do here at Maze.

    We have treated women from the UK who fly in for a few days to get the procedure with us.

    If you don’t want to wait, and you could possibly fly to the US, we would be happy to help you.

    If you want to learn more about our program, please don’t hesitate to call us. We have availability in July and August.



    I haven’t heard of any London treatment centers off hand. When I had vaginismus, I had the Botox procedure with Dr. Pacik in NH. Post-procedure, I really wanted to continue to help those with vaginismus and I personally met up with some of the international patients when they flew into Boston. We had dinner at the hotel they were staying at near Logan airport and talked about everything from vaginismus and what the procedure is going to be like to what fun things they wanted to do while on their trip to the states. If you do decide to visit Maze over the summer and fly into Boston and then drive to NY, I would love to meet up in person. Sending you big hugs today!!!


    Hi Chloe,

    I was just referred to psychosexual therapist here in England by my GP and I was also told that it make a while before I get an appointment. I am also anxious about the pain caused by insertion. Did you manage to find more suitable treatment in the UK?


    Hi Chloe, I’m currently attempting to treat my vaginismus in the UK, I have to say unfortunately NHS psychosexual health services are just overrun. I dropped out of vaginismus treatment soon after I was first diagnosed three years ago as they’re just not able to give the regular follow-up I needed to help my struggles with avoidance at these specialists NHS clinics (see my blog post Doctor Says Relax on here for the full sorry saga). I’m finally making some small progress with dilators after finding the support I needed on this forum, although my vaginismus does not sound as severe as yours (I’ve been able to insert a tampon, with discomfort, reasonably successfully about 60-70% of the time I try).
    I don’t have any particular experience with botox, but I definitely do feel your pain dealing with overrun NHS services.
    I was about your age when I was diagnosed and you should know that you are definitely not alone, I have found this forum so helpful to gain knowledge and support dealing with my vaginismus.


    Merida and Aliyat – don’t know if you saw this in the Success Stories section of the website, but Chloe actually recently got botox treatment over in the UK and was able to have intercourse afterward! You can read about it here:

    I’m not fully aware of how the NHS service works over in the UK, but Chloe was able to get botox in London. I hope you two will be able to look into it, or maybe Chloe can link to the article about the person she learned about the treatment from.

    Let us know if we can help you both find treatment in any way, and good luck!


    @recessivegenequeen thank you very much!!!

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