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When Should I See A Doctor For Vulvodynia?

When Should I See A Doctor For Vulvodynia?

Living with vulvodynia can be challenging because in addition to the physical symptoms, the condition can negatively impact your emotional wellbeing. So when should you see a doctor for vulvodynia?

Symptoms Of Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia is chronic pain in the vulva (the external part of the female genitalia). The pain may be continuous or only occur when touching is applied to the vulva. Other symptoms of vulvodynia include irritation, itching, urinary frequency and urgency and pain with intercourse.

When Should I See A Doctor For Vulvodynia?

Vulvar pain and other symptoms of vulvodynia can last for many years and cause significant physical and emotional distress. It’s therefore important to visit your doctor as soon as the symptoms arise. After other diagnoses have been ruled out, your doctor will refer you to a vulvovaginal specialist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Treating Vulvodynia

The experts in vulvovaginal care at Fowler GYN International (FGI) diagnose vulvodynia with the help of an advanced vaginal fluid analysis (VFA) test. The VFA test is done to evaluate the vaginal constituents.

Women with vulvodynia typically have an abnormal or altered vaginal microflora pattern. When the vaginal microflora is abnormal it means that there has been a shift in the bacterial milieu, resulting in an overgrowth of ‘bad’ bacteria.

The results of the VFA test will therefore be used to formulate a customized treatment protocol. The FGI approach focuses on moving the vaginal microflora towards normal to restore vaginal health, and relieve symptoms of vulvodynia.

FGI recommends discontinuing the use of hygiene products that contain chemicals which can irritate the vulvar tissue in conduction vaginal rejuvenate therapy consisting of three to four intravaginal medications.

Patients typically notice some relief about 4 months after starting the FGI treatment protocol, but it can take 8-12 months to achieve lasting improvement.

Have you been diagnosed with vulvodynia? Contact Fowler GYN International (FGI), Phoenix, AZ for a consultation. Dr. Fowler is a board certified gynecologist and former consultant of gynecology at Mayo Clinic for over 20 years.

You can reach them at, or by calling (480) 420-4001.

What is Phlebolymphedema?

What is Phlebolymphedema?

Do you have persistent swelling in your legs that is especially severe at the end of the day? This swelling could be caused by a condition known as Phlebolymphedema, which is a common type of lymphedema. The condition is related to a build-up of fluid in the body, so it’s important to have the problem properly identified and treated. But what is Phlebolymphedema?

What Is Phlebolymphedema?

Phlebolymphedema is swelling caused by chronic venous insufficiency and lymphatic insufficiency.

Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when the one-way valve in the vein fails to close completely, causing some blood to flow backward. This is known as venous reflux. It puts pressure on the vein walls and causes blood to pool in the vein, producing swelling in the leg.
Lymphatic insufficiency is the result of an accumulation of lymphatic or interstitial fluid in the interstitial tissue. The primary role of lymph fluid is to transport white blood cells throughout the body, but it also removes toxins, waste, and other unwanted substances.

Symptoms Of Phlebolymphedema

Common symptoms of Phlebolymphedema include swelling of portions of the leg or the entire leg, diminished joint flexibility, weakness, recurring infections, hardening or thickening of the overlying skin, and heaviness or tightness.

Treatment Options For Phlebolymphedema

Several treatments are available for managing Phlebolymphedema and reducing swelling and discomfort. Compression therapy which involves the use of a compression garment or a dynamic compression pump is one of the most common treatment options. Light exercise and massages are also beneficial. Surgery may be considered in severe cases as it helps to relieve pressure by removing excess tissue.

Would you like to learn more about Phlebolymphedema? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in Windemere, FL, or the surrounding areas, Vascular Experts is our featured practice.
You can reach them at, or by calling (407) 228-3230.

Why is My Vaginal Skin Turning White?

Why is My Vaginal Skin Turning White?

Have you noticed changes in the appearance of the skin in the vaginal area and wondered – Why is my vaginal skin turning white? The vaginal skin is often overlooked during a physical examination, yet it plays an important role in vaginal health. Therefore, any changes in the color of the skin should be investigated.

Why is My Vaginal Skin Turning White?

If your vaginal skin is turning white and you also have symptoms such as itching, and wrinkled, sticky skin, you probably have a condition known as lichen sclerosus. Lichen sclerosus also makes the skin thinner than usual, so small tears or fissures may develop in the skin.

Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin disorder that frequently affects the skin of the genitals. There is no cure for lichen sclerosus but it can be managed very effectively.

When lichen sclerosus is left untreated, it can cause the vulva to shrink and make the vaginal opening narrower, resulting in painful intercourse.

How Is Lichen Sclerosus Diagnosed?

Lichen sclerous is diagnosed by a physical examination of the affected area. However, early symptoms of lichen sclerosus can be missed, so it’s important to consult with a vulvovaginal specialist who can easily recognize the clinical signs of the condition.

How Is Lichen Sclerosus Treated?

Dr. R. Stuart Fowler of Fowler GYN International (FGI) is a vulvovaginal specialist with extensive experience diagnosing and treating lichen sclerosus. At FGI they use specially formulated low dose corticosteroids to treat lichen sclerosus as a maintenance therapy.

They also recommend the use of hypocontactant skincare products because most women with lichen sclerosus have sensitive external genitalia tissues. Therefore, the tissues can be irritated by the chemicals in over-the-counter hygiene products. FGI offers patients the FeminaRx Pure SkinCare Collection, which is ideal for women with vulvovaginal symptoms such as itching, irritation, and soreness.

Is your vaginal skin turning white? Contact the experts in vaginal healthcare at Fowler GYN International (FGI), Phoenix, AZ for a consultation. Dr Fowler is a Board Certified gynecologist and former Mayo Clinic Consultant in the Department of Gynecology.
You can reach them at, or by calling (480) 420-4001.

How can I reduce my double chin?

How can I reduce my double chin?

Do you have a double chin that you would like to get rid of?  Extra fat below the chin can be difficult to reduce because it does not respond to diet and exercise, but fortunately there are treatments that can help.  So how can you reduce your double chin?  

How can I reduce my double chin?

There are several effective non-surgical treatments for double chin reduction, including Kybella. Kybella is an FDA approved injectable treatment that can dissolve your double chin in a few short sessions.

The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally in the body and is used to break down dietary fat.

A single Kybella treatment takes only 15 minutes to complete, and there is no downtime, which makes it the ideal option for people with busy schedules.   There may be some temporary redness and swelling after treatment, but these side-effects typically resolve in a few days. 

How Kybella works

When Kybella is injected into the fat below the chin the deoxycholic acid breaks down the membrane of the fat cells.  The damaged fat cells are naturally removed from the body over the following weeks, resulting in a reduction in fat under the chin. 

How many treatments do I need?

Depending on the amount of fat beneath the chin, it can take anywhere from 2-6 Kybella treatments to achieve the desired results.

Are you ready to reduce your double chin with Kybella?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Rockwall, TX area Juvanew is our featured practice.  Call them today for a consultation, and find out if Kybella would be the right choice for you. 

You can reach them at or by calling (972) 449-9932.

The Benefits of PRP for hair restoration

The Benefits of PRP for hair restoration

If you are struggling with hair loss, PRP hair restoration may be the solution for you.  PRP hair restoration is an innovative treatment for men and women with thinning hair.  But what are the benefits of PRP for hair restoration.  

What is PRP for hair restoration

PRP or platelet rich plasma is a preparation that is made from the patient’s own blood.  Blood contains platelets that stimulate tissue growth when used in high concentration. 

PRP involves collecting  a small sample of blood from the patient’s arm, and then spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets.  The PRP is then injected into the thinning areas of the scalp using a tiny needle.

PRP for  hair restoration is a minimally invasive procedure, so there is no downtime. Patients are typically able to resume normal activities immediately after treatment.   

When will I see results

Some hair growth will be noticeable about 3 months after treatment, but final results can take up to 1 year.

The Benefits of PRP for hair restoration

PRP is used in medicine to accelerate healing, because it contains potent growth factors. Since PRP uses a patient’s own blood there is very little risk of an allergic reaction to the treatment. 

When used for hair restoration, PRP has been found to stimulate the production of new cells, which helps to  increase the thickness of the hair and the strength of the hair root.  PRP therapy also extends the hair growth cycle. 

PRP hair restoration is especially beneficial for people experiencing androgenic alopecia, which is a common type of hair loss(learn more). 

Would you like to learn more about the benefits of PRP for hair restoration?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Rockwall, TX, area Juvanew MedSpa is our featured practice. Juvanew serves patients in Dallas, Heath, Garland, Greenville, Royse City, Rowlett, Forney, Wylie, Sachse, Sunnyvale, and Mesquite, TX.

You can reach them at, or by calling (972) 449-8470.

How can I reduce fat safely without surgery?

How can I reduce fat safely without surgery?

Each year thousands of people undergo liposuction to get rid of unwanted fat, because it’s a tried and proven fat reduction method.  Liposuction is an effective way to shape and contour the body, but surgery isn’t for everyone.  Consequently, people interested in fat reduction are often on the lookout for non-surgical alternatives.

How can I reduce fat safely without surgery?

It’s possible to reduce fat safely with UltraShape.  UltraShape is a completely non-surgical treatment that uses focused, pulsed ultrasound energy to eliminate fat.  UltraShape targets fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. This makes it the ideal solution for troublespots such as the abdomen, flanks, upper arms, and outer thighs.

How UltraShape works

The ultrasound device emits waves of ultrasonic energy that selectively target the fat cells, without harming the surrounding cells, nerves, or connective tissue.  The pulses of ultrasound rupture the walls of the fat cells.  The fat cells are destroyed, and the contents are then processed and naturally removed from the body.  

UltraShape treatment takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.  It is a virtually painless procedure that requires no downtime.  Most patients notice measureable results within 2 weeks of treatment, and it typically takes 3 treatments to achieve the best results.   Sessions are spaced at least 2 weeks apart.

How much fat can you lose with UltraShape?

UltraShape is not a weight loss treatment, but is designed to reduce pockets of stubborn fat in specific areas.  Patients typically notice a circumferential fat reduction of approximately 4 centimeters. 

Would you like to learn more about UltraShape body contouring? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Long Beach, CA area, Laser Skin Care Center is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling (562) 418-6550.

What are the benefits of IV therapy?

What are the benefits of IV therapy?

Have you heard about vitamin IV therapy? Traditional IV therapy is a quick and efficient method for delivering nutrients to people that are ill and unable to absorb nutrients normally. However in recent years, there has been an increase in the use of IV vitamin infusions by people looking to improve their overall health. But what are the benefits of IV vitamin therapy.

What is IV therapy?

Intravenous (IV) therapy is a technique in which vitamins and minerals are administered directly into the blood stream. The specific blend of vitamins used for the procedure will depend on the unique needs of the patients (learn more).

IV therapy has several health benefits as it is recommended for increasing energy, boosting metabolism, improving the appearance of skin, nails, and hair, and protecting against illness.

How IV Therapy works

A liquid formulation of vitamins and minerals is delivered directly into a vein. The entire process takes approximately 30-45 minutes. There is no downtime after treatment, so patients can get back to their normal routine right away.

What are the benefits of IV therapy?

The direct infusion of vitamins through an IV ensures optimal absorption of nutrients. When vitamins are taken orally they are broken down by the digestive tract, so only a limited amount can be absorbed, usually about 20%-30%. However, vitamins given via IV therapy bypass the digestive system and go directly into the bloodstream, so there is greater absorption, up to 90%-100%.

Would you like to learn more about IV therapy? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale by the Sea, Wilton Manors, Pompano Beach or surrounding areas, Baltic Beauty Center is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling (954) 420-7436.

How to Treat Excessive Sweat

How to Treat Excessive Sweat

Are you tired of armpit sweat getting in the way of your life? If excessive sweat is making you feel insecure and embarrassed, and you’ve tried antiperspirants without success, you may be anxious to find out how to treat excessive sweat.

What causes excessive sweat?

Excessive, unpredictable sweating also known as hyperhidrosis, most often affects the underarms, hands, and feet. It is typically caused by overactive sweat glands. Excessive sweating in the armpits is known as axillary hyperhidrosis.

How to Treat Excessive Sweat

It is possible to treat excessive sweat with miraDry. miraDry is a safe, clinically proven FDA cleared treatment that uses microwave technology to get rid of sweat and odor glands in the armpits. It is a quick, non-invasive procedure that takes about 1 hour to complete.

How miraDry works

The miraDry handpiece is used to deliver precisely controlled electromagnetic energy to the area where the sweat and odor glands are located. The heat that is created kills the sweat glands.

How long do the results of miraDry last?

miraDry eliminates the sweat glands for good, so patients experience a long–lasting reduction in underarm sweat.

Is miraDry painful?

miraDry is performed under local anesthesia, so patients don’t usually experience any pain.

How many treatments will I need?

Some patients see results after just one treatment, but others may need an additional session.

When will I see results with miraDry?

Most patients notice about an 80% reduction in underarm sweat after the first treatment.

Are you ready to make underarm sweat a thing of the past? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the greater Boston area, Krauss Dermatology, Wellesley, MA is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling (781) 416-3500.

Is winter the Best Time for miraDry Laser Treatment?

Is winter the Best Time for miraDry Laser Treatment?

If you suffer from excessive and persistent underarm sweating, even on cold winter days, miraDry may be the solution for you. miraDry can cure your underarm sweating and leave you sweat-free. But since laser treatments are often scheduled in the winter months, you may be wondering if winter is the best time for miraDry treatment.

What is miraDry?

miraDry is a minimally invasive FDA approved treatment for excessive underarm sweating (axillary hyperhidrosis). miraDry uses electromagnetic waves to destroy sweat and odor glands in the underarm, and this shuts down sweat production in the treated areas.

How miraDry works

A temporary tattoo template is placed on the underarms and is used as a guide during treatment. The underarms are then numbed and the miraDry device is placed directly on the targeted areas. The handpiece delivers miraWave energy to destroy the sweat and odor glands.

Side-effects such as swelling and tenderness may occur after miraDry treatment, but there is really no downtime. Most patients need 2 treatments for maximum results.

Is Winter the Best Time for miraDry Laser Treatment?

Winter is a great time to have miraDry treatment, because patients will be sweat-free by the time summer comes around. They can therefore avoid the embarrassment of having sweat soaked underarms during the hot summer months. In addition, they can dare to wear sleeveless clothing and not have to stress about dressing to avoid looking sweaty.

It’s also easier to schedule downtime in the winter if necessary, because most people get extra time off from work during the holidays.

Are you ready to end your battle with sweat stains? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Plymouth Meeting, PA area, The Pennsylvania Center for Plastic Surgery is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling (267)-687-2180.

How Long Do Results From MiraDry Last?

How Long Do Results From MiraDry Last?

Do you struggle with sweaty armpits? While underarm sweating is quite normal, many men and women experience excessive underarm sweating due to overactive sweat glands. miraDry is the perfect solution for this embarrassing problem. It is a quick, innovative treatment that delivers immediate results. But how long do results from miraDry last.

miraDry for underarm sweating
miraDry is a non-invasive treatment for underarm sweating that works by eliminating the sweat and odor glands. It uses proven microwave technology that is safe for all skin types and skin tones.

miraDry delivers electromagnetic energy to the armpits that targets and destroys the sweat glands. Treatment takes approximately 60 minutes, and most patients achieve the desired results with just one treatment. However, up to 3 treatments may be required.

There is little to no pain during miraDry treatment, as a local anesthetic is used to numb the underarms at the start of the procedure.

Since miraDry is a non-invasive treatment downtime is minimal. After the procedure patients may experience some swelling, bruising, and tingling, but this usually resolves within a few days.

How long do results from miraDry last?
miraDry provides long lasting results, and preliminary studies indicate that the effects should last for at least 2 years. However, since the treated sweat glands do not regenerate, it’s expected that miraDry should deliver results that are permanent.

After treatment patients notice a significant reduction in sweating, so they don’t have to use deodorant. They also experience a decrease in body odor.

Would you like to get rid of sweaty armpits for good? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the El Paso, TX area, El Paso Cosmetic Center is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling (915) 800-0621.