Is low-level laser therapy an effective intervention for provoked vestibulodynia?

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Is low-level laser therapy an effective intervention for provoked vestibulodynia? 2019-06-19T21:04:08+00:00

Project Description

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a technology that was first introduced in the 1960’s as a means of healing damaged tissue. LLLT has demonstrated effectiveness in terms of healing diabetic ulcers and many forms of dental lesions and pain. Recently a small study was published which demonstrated that a six week intervention of LLLT was effective at improving pain symptoms during attempts at sexual intercourse in 14 of 18 women with provoked vestibulodynia.  Women who received the LLLT did not,  however, demonstrate improvements in their pain symptoms when measured using more standardized tests. Nevertheless, the study produced promising results. The purpose of this study is to test whether a broader and  progressive treatment using LLLT will have a greater effect on pain experience during attempts at sexual intercourse, pain ratings provided during standardized tests, pain and sexual function reported on questionnaires, and on reducing pelvic floor muscle excitability. 
We aim to recruit women with provoked vestibulodynia to participate in this study.