NEW YORK, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A shocking 14 million American women have experienced vulvar pain and discomfort at some time in their lives; however, only about one-third of the affected women speak up. Regardless of the number of women experiencing the pain, dryness and discomfort that accompany this condition, the topic is still surprisingly taboo – forcing most women to keep their symptoms to themselves.
Susan Kellogg-Spadt CRNP, PhD is the co-founder of The Pelvic and Sexual Health Institute of Philadelphia where she is a managing partner and director of Vulvar and Sexual Medicine and offers her services as a vulvodynia specialist, vulvoscopist, researcher and sexual dysfunction consultant. In a recent video featured on WE TV, Dr. Kellogg clarifies what it means to have vulvar pain and addresses the causes and symptoms. She also educates women on their treatment and preventative options, giving women the knowledge they need for a condition that many are too ashamed to talk about.
"The most common cause of vulvar pain is hormonal changes, which is why women that are going through menopause, taking oral contraceptives or are undergoing breast cancer treatment are often affected," says Dr. Kellogg. "A low estrogen level is what is to blame in these cases; however, the condition also affects women who suffer from disorders like vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, lichen sclerosus, and lichen planus."
Although there are many treatment options out there to help relieve vulvar pain, there is a product on the market that works to restore vulvar skin and prevent irritation: NeoGyn® Vulvar Soothing Cream. In a clinical study performed in 2010 by Dr. Gilbert G. Donders, a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Leuven in Belgium, 20% of the participants showed an improvement in comfort during sexual activity at the end of 12 weeks rather than those that used a placebo.
Free of allergens, irritants, parabens, propylene glycol, anesthetics, fragrance and hormones, NeoGyn® offers women a safe and gentle way to ease pain as well as prevent it. It is a non-medicated, estrogen-free cream formulated with cutaneous lysate that restores moisture and elasticity to vulvar skin when used daily.
Watch Dr. Kellogg discuss vulvar pain in her video: