The O-Shot® Option: Natural Lichen Sclerosus Treatment

Women who suffer from lichen sclerosus have previously had few treatment options. They just had to put up with itching, pain, lesions and compromised relationships because there was no way to get long-lasting relief from this all-too-common disease.

Today women are trying something old that has become new again: trusted PRP therapy in the form
of the O-Shot®.

What is Lichen Sclerosus?

Lichen sclerosus is a common inflammatory, autoimmune-related skin disease that typically appears on the vulva, peritoneum, anus, clitoris and vaginal area. In rare cases, it can appear on other areas of the body. Lichen sclerosus can cause painful scarring that can cause itching, cracking and bleeding; interfere with urination; cause painful intercourse and vaginal pain and cause emotional distress.

More than just physical pain and irritation, lichen sclerosus can impact mental health by putting a strain on a woman’s intimate and romantic relationships. Lichen sclerosus has also been linked to a higher risk of squamous cell carcinoma.

Traditional treatment has been to use topical corticosteroids, but doctors are now using a more natural lichen sclerosus treatment built upon a time-tested method for healing.

What is O-Shot®?

The O-Shot® is a simple, natural treatment that can help boost sexual response and energy while improving overall vaginal health and fighting urinary incontinence.

The O-Shot® uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) which is injected into the vagina, clitoris, vulva and other treatment areas. Providers use a woman’s own blood to create a growth-factor-rich serum that is injected to encourage tissue regeneration, improved blood flow and healing.

Treatment with PRP works because of its high level of proteins, which help with wound healing and increased epithelialization with less risk of scar tissue, which is especially crucial for women who have lichen sclerosus.

Doctors have used PRP therapy for decades to successfully and safely enhance wound and cartilage healing as well as in facial skin rejuvenation. PRP has been trusted by physicians for many years and is used for tissue regeneration, healing from surgery, bone grafts, sports injuries, traumatic wounds and diabetic wounds.

Because the PRP is derived from the patient's own blood, there is a very low risk of any adverse effects. Because PRP has a high safety level and is a natural lichen sclerosus treatment, it is safe for repeated administration.

How does O-Shot® Affect Lichen Sclerosus?

The activated platelets used in the O-Shot® release growth factors that contribute to cell growth and regeneration and an increase in blood circulation which all help lichen sclerosus lesions heal more quickly and thoroughly through the layers of skin, rather than treating the disease from the surface.

After treatment with PRP, women find that their lichen sclerosus symptoms are lessened and that the lesions and scarring associated with the disease are healed.

Because PRP is safely derived from the patient's own blood, women can build upon their improvements with repeated treatments and in many cases avoid the use of steroids.

Treatment for Lichen Sclerosus

Researchers are excited about the results yielded by studies on PRP and lichen sclerosus.

In one study, a group of women whose lichen sclerosus had not been improved by the typical steroid treatment was treated with PRP. Almost all the women in the study showed clinical improvement in the size of their lesions, and in some cases, the lesions disappeared after treatment with PRP. Symptoms disappeared entirely for half of the women, and most of them did not need to return to steroid treatment following their treatment with PRP. Researchers concluded that PRP is a legitimate potential alternative to steroid treatments for lichen sclerosus and has lasting results.

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In another study, women suffering from lichen sclerosus were treated with the PRP using the O-Shot® method. Using before-and-after photographs and biopsies, researchers were able to track marked improvement in the women who received treatment, and the women reported that their symptoms had significantly been alleviated.

Dr. Michael Coyle, of Coyle Institute, is the leading researcher and treatment provider of the new TULIP® procedure. Invented by Dr. Coyle, this single-treatment protocol utilizes the healing benefits of PRP and ProFractional™ laser treatments to treat vulvar lichen sclerosus. With just one revolutionary treatment, patients have reported 100 percent recovery from all lichen sclerosus systems, including healed vulvar skin and tissues.

The perfect option for local and traveling patients, Dr. Coyle recommends a three-day stay in Pensacola, beginning on either Monday or Wednesday. On the first day, patients have a full exam and evaluation and a biopsy, if needed. Within 24 hours, Dr. Coyle then has the information he needs to customize treatment using the unique adjustable depth features of the ProFractional™ laser. On the third day, the patient is treated and is then cleared to return home.

Of course, PRP is a safe treatment that is used in many medical applications, so if a woman has hard-to-treat lichen sclerosus, it is worth learning more about PRP treatment with O-Shot®.

If you are suffering through the pain of lichen sclerosus and are looking for an alternative to ongoing steroidal treatment, Coyle Institute can help. We can assess your condition and needs and help you determine if O-Shot® is the right solution for you. Contact us today to set up your consultation. Don’t live with the agony and embarrassment of lichen sclerosus one day longer.

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