Female / Gynecology / Fertility

by David Rindge 4-27-11.  All rights reserved.

Energy-based treatments, including laser and bio-electromagnetic therapies, have been widely documented to alleviate pelvic pain and to resolve or improve many gynecological and other female health concerns, even enhancing fertility.  Therapies which add energy to cells and tissue and which have been shown to promote their healthy biological function hold great promise to raise the level of care across the board – even more so when conventional methods have been found to offer limited benefits.

What have researchers reported?

Kulikova et al reported that follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) levels were normalized and sex steroid hormones elevated following low-intensity infrared laser therapy in menopausal males and females.   To view the abstract, click here.

Mavrov et al wrote, ” Patients which received laser therapy were marked by pronounced clinical improvements – pain was soothed, acute urethral syndrome was arrested, discharge from the genitals was decreased. Blood and urine parameters normalized.”  To view the abstract, click here.

Chlamydia: “Positive clinical effect of the local use of the low intensity laser for Chlamydia cervicitis treatment was accompanied by positive changes in immunological indices ….. Local use of the low intensity laser contributed to decreased number of opportunistic pathogenic microorganisms and their associations, and restored local flora.To view the abstract, click here.

Vaginitis: Passeniouk et al reported, “The results suggest that local laser therapy is able to remove signs of vaginitis more efficiently than drug therapy.”   To see the abstract, click here.

What is Interstitial Cystitis?

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a condition resulting in chronic bladder distress or pain.  IC  has also been called painful bladder syndrome and incorporates  all instances of urinary pain not attributable to other diagnoses such as infection, urethral obstruction or stones.  A wide range of symptoms are reported  ranging from mild pressure, urgency and discomfort to agonizing bladder and pelvic pain. Urgency and urinary frequency are common.   Pain levels may vary across a wide spectrum by individual and according to the degree to which the bladder is filled or emptied.   Intercourse may be painful or even  intolerable, and an individual with IC may urinate 50 times daily.  More than 4 million people in the US are estimated to have  IC, between 3 and 8 million women and 1 and 4 million men.

Interstitial Cystitis Bladder vs. Normal Bladder

The image above and on the left shows the inner lining of a bladder with interstitial cystitis vs. a normal bladder on the right.

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is notoriously difficult to treat.  It is a devastating diagnosis with little hope for resolution by standard medical practice – and by the numbers.   Just how personally trying?   In a survey of patients diagnosed with IC,  55 percent of respondents reported that they had contemplated suicide, and 12 percent said they had actually attempted it;  40 percent were unable to work; 27 percent were unable to have sex because of pain;  27 per cent experienced a breakdown in their marriages.[1]

Once diagnosed, individuals learn that they can expect  life long urinary frequency, urgency and pain.  Yet laser photobiomodulation at modest output powers but high power density by laser needles may offer the possibility of a better way to treat  interstitial cystitis.  Please note, the parameters of laser treatment appear to be make all the difference,  and while phototherapy given appropriately, may significantly improve the overall picture,  it is not a cure in and of itself.

Interstitial Cystitis, Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Chronic Fatigue – Case Study

“Karen” was a 56 year old female diagnosed with interstitial cystitis and fibromyalgia in 1996.  Her chief complaints were constant bladder pressure / discomfort with urgency and urinary frequency, often requiring a restroom visit every half hour or less.  To address these concerns, 9 laser needles therapy were placed transcutaneously over the bladder, and treatment was administered for 25 minutes.  Her pre-treatment pain score of  4 was reduced to 1 immediately following laser needle therapy.

She reported significant improvements in bladder comfort overall with less pain, pressure and spasming and increasing freedom from the need to urinate with laser needle treatment. “Karen” is a snowbird, spending part of the year in her Florida home close to our clinic and the balance in Pennsylvania.  She was seen for 34 visits between February and June 2010 before leaving for Pennsylvania.

Besides administering laser needles over the bladder, she received low intensity laser probe and LED treatment as well as bio-electromagnetic therapy for pain in her neck, both shoulders, low back, coccyx and both knees – as well as to address asthma, sinusitis and digestive issues.  Her pain scores generally improved following treatments, and she also reported better breathing, digestion, energy and mood.  She began to exercise regularly, including walking, working out on a rebounder and eventually jogging.

I called “Karen” who was still in Pennsylvania on February 28, 2011 in preparation for this article and to inquire about her health and spirits and the long-term effects of our treatment.  “I am doing well,” she said.  “My bladder has been significantly better overall.  Before laser needle treatment I used to have a lot of pressure over the bladder, especially when rising to a standing position.  This has improved.  The biggest improvement lasted up until the cold weather which has always been very hard for me.  You should know that I was mostly house bound prior to beginning laser treatment.  When I started to exercise, I found that I could go farther and farther and choose where I wanted to go without thinking about my bladder or needing to urinate.  My energy has improved, and it’s still better.  My knees seldom bother me now and only a twinge if they do.  Shoulder and neck are better but could use more treatment.  I want others to know about the benefit of laser needles in IC and of laser light and magnetic fields.  I am dreaming of Florida sunshine, warmth, friends, birds, seashells, jogging, wonderful organic food and getting more pounds off the healthy way and of continued healing.”

Laser Therapy Research

How effective is bio-electromagnetic therapy in pelvic pain?

Jorgensen et al write, “Unusually effective and long-lasting relief of pelvic pain of gynaecological origin has been obtained consistently by short exposures of affected areas …. Treatments are short, fasting-acting, economical and in many instances have obviated surgery. This report describes typical cases such as dysmenorrhoea, endometriosis, ruptured ovarian cyst, acute lower urinary tract infection, post-operative haematoma, and persistent dyspareunia in which pulsed magnetic field treatment has not, in most cases, been supplemented by analgesic medication.”  To see the full abstract, click here.

Bio-electromagnetic Therapy Research

[1] Self-care effectiveness and health outcomes in women with interstitial cystitis: implications for mental health clinicians. DCWT Brennan – Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 1998 – Informa Healthcare.

Copyright 2011 by  David Rindge.  All rights reserved.