According to a text book of mine called Women's Gynecological Health, Lichen Sclerosus is defined as a benign, chronic, progressive disease of the skin characterized by inflammation, thinning of the skin, and skin deterioration. Pain is usually associated with the condition. Although it occurs in many areas on the body, it is also very common in the vulva and vaginal area in a female and on the penis in a male. It can occur in patients of all ages but is most common in post-menopausal women. Its exact etiology is unknown but it appears to be an autoimmune inflammatory disorder. Women with Lichen Sclerosus have an increased risk of vulvar cancer (and should be regularly followed by their gynecologist).
How does Lichen Sclerosus present?
Vulvar pruitis, itching and pain, are the most common presenting symptoms. There are also anal/rectal symptoms involved. Dyspareunia (painful sex) is very common and is a later symptom and can be debilitating for the female. In men, this condition can cause Erectile Dysfunction and painful sex.
History of Previous Treatments
In the past, the only treatments have involved topical high dose steroids and few other medicines. These have been shown to be relatively ineffective and can cause further healing issues and tissue atrophy leading to increased symptoms. Surgery is an option in severe cases, although this is fraught with complications and lack of result.
The O-Shot & P-Shot Can Help!
As described in other areas of our website, Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP, in the O-Shot for women and the P-Shot for men can be drawn from the patient's blood and concentrated into a serum of growth factors and other natural healing elements. This concentrated healing serum is then injected into the areas that are affected by the Lichen Sclerosus and can heal the areas. In mild to moderate cases, the O-Shot and P-Shot decreases symptoms and pain by helping the tissue to heal and can be near completely curative of the disorder. In more severe cases, it is still showing to be very beneficial to patients and can not only decrease symptoms and resolve pain but start to cure the disease.
Research to Support PRP Treatment of Lichen Sclerosus
There is an increasing amount of research and proof of the use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to treat Lichen Sclerosus. Dr. Andrew Goldstein is a leader in this field and has conducted several studies describing the treatment and results. More research is currently underway with Dr. Goldstein, Dr. Runels (inventor of the O-Shot and P-Shot), and other leaders in the field. You can read more in the following links:
Why get the O-Shot or P-Shot for Lichen Sclerosus?
It truly works! If you are a woman or man suffering with this condition, then you know that topical steroids and other treatments do not really provide much relief. You also know that it can be a debilitating condition that can cause pain, difficulty with sex, depression, and decrease in overall happiness in life.
The O-Shot and P-Shot use your own healing elements and growth factors in your blood in a concentrated serum (PRP) to help heal the affected area. It is a painless treatment with no side effects. It is perfectly safe because we are simply using your own body’s healing factors to heal a localized condition. There have never been any reported complications with PRP procedures/injections in any medical/surgical literature.
I am excited to have such a great treatment for Lichen Sclerosus in the O-Shot for women and the P-Shot for men. Come see me for a consultation to learn if you are a candidate for this treatment.