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OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effectiveness of transvaginal manual therapy of the pelvic floor musculature (Thiele massage) in symptomatic female patients with interstitial cystitis and high-tone dysfunction of the pelvic floor. METHODS A total of 21 women with documented interstitial cystitis and high-tone pelvic floor dysfunction underwent transvaginal(More)
Several recent, large-scale studies have provided valuable insights into patient perspectives on postmenopausal vulvovaginal health. Symptoms of vulvovaginal atrophy, which include dryness, irritation, itching, dysuria, and dyspareunia, can adversely affect interpersonal relationships, quality of life, and sexual function. While approximately half of(More)
To study intravaginal diazepam suppositories as adjunctive treatment for high-tone pelvic floor dysfunction (HTPFD) and sexual pain. A retrospective chart review was conducted on 26 patients who received diazepam suppositories as adjuvant therapy to pelvic physical therapy and intramuscular trigger point injections for bladder pain, sexual pain, and levator(More)
This study evaluated the prevalence of depression, sexual abuse, and physical abuse among women diagnosed with interstitial cystitis (IC). One hundred forty-one subjects completed the validated Beck's Depression Inventory II Questionnaire (BDI-II) and the validated Drossman Abuse Questionnaire. Ninety-seven (69%) subjects scored 14 or higher on the BDI-II,(More)
Interstitial cystitis is a clinical condition occurring predominantly in women and is characterized by urinary frequency, urgency, and pain. Patient symptoms have the potential to significantly affect quality of life, posing a challenge to some to perform activities of daily living. This article comprehensively reviews the literature on the epidemiology,(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of local capsaicin cream as an effective treatment for patients with documented vulvar vestibulitis syndrome. STUDY DESIGN A retrospective chart review was performed for patients who received a diagnosis of vulvar vestibulitis syndrome that was treated with capsaicin. Patients performed local(More)
INTRODUCTION Sexual pain, or dyspareunia, is a common symptom among women. Dyspareunia presents in many ways, and arises from a range of causes. Interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS) is one potential cause that may frequently be overlooked by clinicians. Interstitial cystitis is increasingly recognized as more common than was once thought.(More)