What To Do After Breast Cancer
A lot of women affected with breast cancer have to face the realities of what to do after their bout with the disease. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This disease affects women of all ages and treatments are chosen that will have the highest chance of providing a cure. Surgically this can be with mastectomy or lumpectomy. Chemotherapy and radiation are also common adjuvant treatments. A commonly used treatment is estrogen blocking hormonal therapy. This has the cruel effect of throwing younger women into early menopause. It also zaps the last bit of estrogen effect on women who are already in menopause.
Many of us are aware of the surgical scars and the hair loss and their toll on a woman’s well being physically, but the psychological struggle can be much deeper. For some women, they report feeling less feminine and struggle to get through the initial diagnosis and treatment. A particular side effect that is very debilitating from estrogen blocking hormonal therapy is the loss of natural vaginal lubrication. The lack of estrogen causes the vaginal mucosa to become thin and atrophic. In some cases, sexual intercourse is painful and even with topical lubrication not satisfying. At a time where she has lost her hair, her breast(s) and now her vaginal health, she is struggling with her partner because of difficulties with intimacy.
diVa vaginal rejuvenation is a state of the art treatment that helps re-establish the vaginal mucosa. Many women who relied on topical lubrication and felt pain and discomfort are now able to feel confident again. It is a procedure that is done by one of our female providers in the office with the use of just numbing cream. There is no anesthesia needed and you can drive yourself to and from your appointment. Within 48 hours you should have minimal spotting or bleeding and you can resume sexual intercourse. This procedure is often coupled with the O-shot to appreciably heighten the clitoris’ sensitivity. For a large group of women, this has allowed them to finally achieve orgasms again.
The O-shot is an injection of PRP (platelet rich plasma) that is obtained from a simple blood draw in the office. PRP is also injected in the G spot area to further stimulate sexual fulfillment. The combination of the diVa and the injections have significantly relieved a lot of women of their incontinence.
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