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I went to the urologist and she diagnosed me with LS (of at least that's what she thinks it is). I don't have many of the other symptoms that everyone talks about. I keep hearing how bad the itching is. I have very little if any. Most of my problem is the narrowing of the vagina which makes sex extremely painful and almost impossible. I'm 52 and in menopause so I also have a lot of dryness. I'm on the Premarin cream now but haven't noticed much difference.i am scheduled for a biopsy in a few weeks and I'm really nervous about it for some reason. Just hoping it's not too painful. Hopefully I can get more info and will feel better about everything. Thanks in advance for any tips or info that may help

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Tammie

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    The biopsy is a snip that does hurt. Week or so to heal. The narrowing and atrophy can be reversed by the Mona Lisa Touch treatment laser. Depending on the insurance you have it might be covered as a medical condition. If not costs about $2100. But you will be getting back to normal. There is also a vaginal dialator kit. Amazon has a few to choose from. Get/ do BOTH.
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      Thankfully my husband doesn't have a high sex drive do not sure if I'd do the surgery but I might at least try the dialator. I'll just be glad when the biopsy is over and I can know what type of treatment they recommend. Does the LS get worse over time?

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      I am close to your age and physical symptoms. My MD is a specialty gynecologist. Professor too. Says the operation to open up isn't permanent and will refuse without the rest. Aquaphor is a recommendation for moist. Do check out the Mona Lisa Touch treatments for LS. Changed my structure 180.

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      Hi, I am curious, how did it change your structure?   Did it reverse the fusing?    I understood it rejuvenated mucus producing  tissue.     Does it do more than this?       

       

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      I'm not sure what fusing means but because my estrogen level is so low and with the LS my vagina has actually gotten smaller and sex is extremely painful and really almost impossible. I bleed during and after and sore for days. Not a good experience... I'm on the Premarin cream now and that is supposed to help with the estrogen levels but I haven't noticed any difference yet. I've only been on it about a month

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      Sorry tammie, i was asking questions about the mona lisa treatment  which Wiparadise was writing about.

      fusing is what happens with the tissues on the outside, my inner lips were stuck to my outer ones, so i looked like a doll, with no crinkly bits.

      not sure the ls would make your vagina smaller, i think that is down to atrophy caused by lack of estrogen.  The ls can cause scarring on the outside, which  doesnt stretch, so it effectively closes the entrance to the vagina.       

      I had an op to rectify this  a couple of months ago.   A plymouth procedure, performed at plymouth.       It took about 5 weeks to heal, but am pretty sure its all ok now.  Not actually tried having sex yet though.....  Husband has been away working for the past 8 weeks.     When he left, i was still stitched up and reduced to sitting on a rubber ring!

      x

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      I was told that it depends on the person if it gets worse or not for me I have virtually no symptoms just a slight bit of itching and I'm on hormone cream and that's it I do not take steroids I do the borax bath

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      Oh ok! I think that is exactly what's going on with me. I hope the procedure you had helps you .

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      It is a laser that causes micro tears under the dermis causing the collagen to be stimulated and reactivate. A ltitle estrogen and aquaphor are recommended during time between visits. Still need the dialators to open up little by little. Supposed to use 2x day 2p mins.
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    Hello Tammie, try not to worry too much, this condition is manageable and you are one of may.

    The biopsy reminds me of the dentist and having a tooth extraction. I found the initial injection the worst but over in seconds. A little sore after but heals quickly.

    I think treatment depends upon where you live in the world. I am in the same position as you. Fusing has caused the skin to tighten and penatrative sex became impossible. Like you I am also menopausal.

    I am in the UK and received a dilator from my Dermatology nurse. It is helping but not yet completely solved my issues. I have been offered surgery but am holding fire. I also use Bicarbonate of soda which helps.

    There are lots of different options if you read through here but you need to get your diagnosis first and see what treatment/advice you are given.

    In the mean time I would definitely start good moisturising. Make sure you use something like coconut oil, not perfumed or containing parrabens.

    Good luck keep positive.

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      Thank you so much for all the info. At least I feel a little better about the biopsy now. The coconut oil... is that just for outside the vagina or can you use in internally too? I will definitely try that.

      Thank you

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      The coconut oil is natural and can be used both in an out. It is a fantastic lubricant as well as a moisturiser. Just make sure you get the 100% coconut oil. It comes in a solid form but instantly turns to oil with warmth.
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    You are a good candidate for Mona Lisa touch it restores your vagina and make sets good again find someone in your town that does it that you trust it is basically CO2 laser that is performed in a few minutes and it restores all your skin and makes you new again I have been diagnosed with ls as well but I have no itching no white spots no sores no lesions no anything the only thing I have is atrophy another words it hurts to have sex so I have plan on getting the Mona Lisa touch in July
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      cheryl33619 - this is something i have been wondering about since joining this group a few weeks ago.  newly diagnosed with ls - symptoms were itching and kind of like pinching feeling.  i'm currently on triamincilone ointment twice a day and it's helping a little.  my question is can a person without itching and pinching still have ls.  in the past have been diagnosed with vaginal stenosis with little relief during intercourse.  doctor said there was no sense in another surgery because i would just get more scar tissue which complicates matters.  so could i have had ls for many years which was never diagnosed and just got worse and worse?

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      Surgery is a bad idea according to my Specialized gynecologist surgeon. She says no. Itching could be yeast infection or LS. Your doctor hopefully can tell the difference. LS was historically mistaken and treated as yeast in the past. Recent yrs has been recognized usually by biopsy. What you are using is a synthetic steroid for itch and your symptoms. Not all drugs work for everyone. I can't tolorate steroids, raging red rash. Check out the Mona Lisa Touch treatments for the vaginal stenosis.

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