Dyspareunia is the medical term for painful intercourse which is defined as persistent or recurrent genital pain that occurs just before, during, or after intercourse. If infection or a medical condition contributes to pain, treating the underlying problem may resolve the issue. For most postmenopausal women, dyspareunia is caused by inadequate lubrication resulting from low estrogen levels. Often this can be treated with topical estrogen applied directly to the vagina.
Other therapies include desensitization therapy and counselling or sex therapy. Desensitization therapy teaches the patient vaginal relaxation exercises that can decrease pain. Kegel exercises are also recommended to strengthen the pelvic floor. Counselling or sex therapy examines negative emotional response to sexual stimulation.
We now offer the latest exciting treatment for dyspareunia, the Orgasm Shot® (O-Shot®). The O-Shot® utilizes the body's own ability to heal itself. Blood is withdrawn from the patient and centrifuged to super concentrate the platelets in such a way to preserve their integrity. The super concentrated platelets, serum, and other chemical markers are harvested and injected into the vagina. The contents of the platelets are released into the surrounding tissue to allow for rejuvenation and healing. For more detail, read about Regenerative Injection Therapy. The O-Shot® may not be right for everyone, but works well in 80% of patients. A second treatment may be necessary if unsuccessful the first time. Patients have reported improved orgasms and better vaginal lubrication. In addition, those with urinary incontinence have reported having their problem corrected.