Dr. Pacik began treating vaginismus in 2005 after receiving a call from a patient asking if he could treat the condition. At the time, he had never heard of vaginismus, and upon researching it, was surprised to find a lack of information regarding the condition. He found that, like most things regarding women’s sexual health, it was largely ignored, and there were very few treatment options available. Despite this, Dr. Pacik was determined to help his patient and was able to treat her successfully. Dr. Pacik continued to treat other women with Vaginismus, and was deeply affected by their stories of suffering in silence with a condition not taken seriously by anyone.
Since then, the treatment of vaginismus has become a calling for Dr. Pacik. He authored a book on the condition called “When Sex Seems Impossible. Stories of Vaginismus & How You Can Achieve Intimacy.” Dr. Pacik also applied for and received a grant to study the treatment of vaginismus. This was followed by Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval and then FDA approval with an Investigational New Drug (IND) approval for continued research using Botox to treat vaginismus. His treatment program has a reported success rate of over 90%, and is the only program in the U.S. to have received FDA approval for continued research. He created the website PacikVaginismus.com not only to give women information and resources for treatment, but also to give them a voice. The site offers a forum for women to share their stories as well as their knowledge.
Dr. Pacik has become a pioneer in the treatment of vaginismus, and he has helped bring more attention to this previously misunderstood condition. He has not only given new life to these women through treatment, but his attention to this condition has also given an outlet and a community to so many women who thought they were alone. They can now share their experiences and see that there are other women out there going through the same thing. This has helped shine a light on this condition and remove the stigma that is often attached to women’s sexual issues and causes so many women to feel embarrassed and ashamed about seeking help. Because of this increased awareness, we are seeing more and more women seeking treatment so that they can claim and enjoy this aspect of their lives.