The mean age of menopause in the U.S is between 51 and 52 years of age. There are several symptoms which occur during this time. These include, but not limited to: Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness and decreased sex drive. Many of these symptoms are due to decreased estrogen levels. Estrogen deprivation also leads to decreased collagen content of many of the vaginal tissues. Decreased testosterone has also been a contributing factor to decreased sex drive. Combined with decreased lubrication due to decreased estrogen leads to vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.
There have been many treatments offered over the years. These include herbal remedies such as black cohosh, soy protein, bio-identical hormone replacement and synthetic hormone replacement. Many women seek medical attention for various sexual health issues in menopause, the most common being vaginal dryness and decreased libido. The use of vaginal estrogen has been shown to improve lubrication and decreased pain during intercourse. A newer treatment, now available is known as PRP or platelet rich plasma. Vaginal PRP involves the injection of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) into the upper wall of the vagina and clitoris. This triggers stem cells’ multiplication and “younger” tissue growth. Growth factors are released, promote collagen production inside the vagina and around the clitoris, causing its expansion due to tissue thickening, leading to improved vaginal hydration and sexual enhancement.
The PRP is processed from the patients own blood which is drawn in the office and using a device called a centrifuge, the platelet rich plasma is separated from her own blood and then injected in the areas described above. The entire procedure takes less than an hour. A single treatment can last up to 12 months depending on the individual.
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