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Low-Level Laser Therapy Not Recommended for Treatment of Provoked Vestibulodynia

Overall, 78% of the women in the treatment group and 44% of the women in the placebo group had improvements based on verbal reports to the researchers. But the other assessments did not yield similar results.

Of the fourteen women in the treatment group who saw their condition improve, 57% continued to have improvements a year later.

Based on their findings, the study authors concluded that low-level laser therapy could not be recommended as a treatment for provoked vestibulodynia. However, they called for further research involving more PVD patients and different laser treatment methods.

Resources

International Society for Sexual Medicine

“How is provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) treated?”

http://www.issm.info/sexual-health-qa/how-is-provoked-vestibulodynia-pvd-treated

“What is provoked vestibulodynia (PVD)?”

http://www.issm.info/sexual-health-qa/what-is-provoked-vestibulodynia-pvd

The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Lev-Sagie, Ahinoam, MD, et al.

“Low-Level Laser Therapy for the Treatment of Provoked Vestibulodynia—A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Trial”

(Full-text. Published online: September 29, 2017)

http://www.jsm.jsexmed.org/article/S1743-6095(17)31414-5/fulltext

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