A desperate woman living with an ’embarrassing’ skin condition that affects her genitals has turned to a doctor for help with surprising results.
A woman who lived with a distressing condition that causes the skin on her genitals to ‘split’ has turned to extreme treatment in a bid to fix her ‘broken vagina’ and restore her sex life.
Sam, 44, suffers from lichen sclerosus, an incurable, inflammatory skin condition that causes patches of skin to thicken and pucker and most commonly affects the skin around the vulva or anus.
As a result, the mother-of-one from Essex, UK, has suffered from pain, skin ‘cracks’ and vaginal dryness since she was 14.
Doctors initially misdiagnosed her condition, but a visit to a gynecologist who performed a biopsy when she was 34 eventually led to a diagnosis.
However, medical experts struggled to find a treatment that would last, despite the initial success of a new stem cell treatment where fat was taken from Sam’s legs and injected into her vagina to promote fuller skin. healthy.
In a last desperate attempt to enjoy pain-free sex, the woman turned to the recently relaunched British TV show embarrassing bodies to help.
“I’m an open and confident person, and most people who know me know about my ‘broken vagina,’ as I call it, but it took me a while to decide whether or not to do the show,” said Said Sam. The sun.
“If I can help just one person, that’s reason enough to be brave enough to do so.”
As a teenager, Sam said she remembered being “really in pain” with the symptoms of the disease, including itching and painful “clefts”.
“I couldn’t wear tampons, thongs (thongs) or jeans. I just had to stay still because it was so uncomfortable, and it went on for years,” she said.
“I went to the sexual health clinic and saw doctors but was constantly told it was thrush and advised to use creams like Canesten.”
But after suffering a heartbreaking tear for the first time on holiday in 2011, Sam became more concerned.
“It was embarrassing and painful,” she recalls.
“I was prescribed lidocaine to numb the area so I could have pain-free sex, but in the past I’ve gone months without being able to have sex.
“Fortunately, my partners have always been very supportive, but there were times when I no longer felt like a woman.
“It was soul destroying.”
It was only after visiting a gynecologist where a biopsy was performed that Sam was diagnosed with lichen sclerosus at the age of 34.
“I had never heard of it before, but it was a relief to know what was wrong and that there were other treatments,” she explained.
Previously, she had tried steroid and estrogen creams, but the former only made matters worse and the latter did not improve matters at all.
Then she underwent surgery in which excess skin from her genitals was removed in hopes that it would heal stronger, but it didn’t work.
“I was very disappointed when the skin removal didn’t work. I was hoping it would,” Sam said.
Participating in a clinical trial in which fat was taken from her legs and injected into her vagina briefly gave her relief, but despite having the procedure performed twice, the symptoms have recently started to return.
That’s when she turned to TV doctors for help who referred her for platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.
“It’s basically where you take a sample of blood, spin it in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma, and then inject the plasma – which is rich in essential healing agents – where it’s needed, in that case in Sam’s vagina,” Dr Jane Leonard, 38, an NHS GP and London-based cosmetic doctor, explained on the show.
The principle is the same as so-called “vampire facials”, a rejuvenating cosmetic procedure favored by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian.
Dr Jane says: “The science behind it is really smart. There are no drugs, no downtime, no side effects.
“It’s just about using the incredible healing ability of our immune system to heal another area.”
Sam couldn’t be happier with the results.
“It was a little sore and I felt a little swollen afterwards, but now I feel good,” she said.
“I wear jeans, I don’t have any pain or itching, I can have sex whenever I want. It’s just nice to know that if my symptoms come back, there’s something I could have done, rather than thinking I just have to put up with this for the rest of my life.
– With the sun