This pilot study aimed to assess the efficacy in treating sexually active menopausal patients who had dyspareunia related to vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA).
The intensity of VVA symptoms was recorded for each patient. Patients were administered the Short Form 12 (SF-12) and the female sexual function index (FSFI) to assess quality of life and sexual function, respectively. An objective evaluation of female urogenital health was performed using the Gloria Bachman Vaginal Health Index (VHI).
At 12-week follow-up, the laser treatment was efficacious in improving dyspareunia in 100% of patients included in the study (n = 15). The intensity of dyspareunia significantly decreased from baseline (8.7 ± 1.0) to 12-week follow-up (2.2 ± 1.0; p<0.001). In addition, all other VVA symptoms significantly ameliorated at the same follow-up. Furthermore, after the treatment, a significant improvement in quality of life (QoL) and sexual function were shown.
This pilot study demonstrated that treatment with the microablative fractional CO2 laser of patients with dyspareunia related to VVA was efficacious at 12-week follow-up.
J Endometr Pelvic Pain Disord 2014; 6(3): 150 - 156
Article Type: ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE
AuthorsStefano Salvatore, Umberto Leone Roberti Maggiore, Massimo Origoni, Marta Parma, Lavinia Quaranta, Filomena Sileo, Alice Cola, Ilaria Baini, Simone Ferrero, Massimo Candiani, Nicola Zerbinati
- • Accepted on 07/05/2014
- • Available online on 20/06/2014
- • Published in print on 26/09/2014
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- Salvatore, Stefano [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 1
- Leone Roberti Maggiore, Umberto [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 1, * Corresponding Author (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Origoni, Massimo [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 1
- Parma, Marta [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 1
- Quaranta, Lavinia [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 1
- Sileo, Filomena [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 1
- Cola, Alice [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 1
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- Candiani, Massimo [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 1
- Zerbinati, Nicola [PubMed] [Google Scholar] 3
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and IRRCS San Raffaele Hospital, Milan - Italy
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, IRCCS San Martino Hospital and National Institute for Cancer Research, University of Genoa, Genoa - Italy
Department of Surgical and Morphological Sciences, University of Insubria, Varese - Italy