Lara Parker has long been one of the few people that I regularly follow from Buzzfeed. Her candid, humorous, and hard-hitting articles and videos about her experiences living with vulvodynia, vaginismus, endometriosis, and a plethora of similar conditions make her a beacon of light and a voice for the millions and millions of women suffering each day.
Recently, she posted a video discussing her experience getting botox to successfully treat her vaginismus. While botox may not be an option for the average woman, as the procedure is not considered a medical necessity (yet), a topic that Lara touches on in the video I Got Botox In My Vagina, for those who can afford it, this treatment can be life changing.
Another difficult subject Lara discusses is the treatment she has received by the physicians who treat her. Women with chronic genital pain often make physicians feel threatened, and their responses can harm the treatment trajectories of their patients.
Being discredited or placated by a physician can make a patient feel hopeless and lost. In the future, more research, funding, and FDA (and insured) support for alternative therapies like botox to treat these conditions may serve to counter the negative experiences faced by women with these conditions.