I wanted a quick fix. In one day, after just one procedure, I was told this could all be over. The Botox was sold to me by my doctor as a minor outpatient procedure that would lead to a completely pain-free sex life. A solution for vaginismus. Sign me up.

For the uninitiated, vaginismus describes the tightening of the muscles along the vaginal wall, which can quickly and greatly impact penetrative sex. When anything comes in proximity to the vagina, its muscles involuntarily contract and voila: closed for business.

The condition is estimated to affect as many as 1 in 6 women. But Botox injections directly into those muscles can slightly freeze them for around six months, meaning they can't perform this contraction. During these months, the patient implements dilators (tube-shaped devices that range from small to large) into the vagina, and eventually, the body and brain learn that penetration is possible. Dilators are inserted for approximately 10 minutes a day to train and relax the pelvic floor muscles. By the time the Botox wears off, the