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Until recently the treatments for Vulvodynia have been limited to the avoidance of vulvar irritants, diet, use of oral and topical medicines, vulvar injections, and surgery. The work of Howard I.Glazer Ph.D. has led to the development of the first non-surgical, non-drug treatment with scientifically demonstrated clinical effectiveness in the treatment of vulvodynia.
Dr. Howard I. Glazer PhD, a board certified pelvic floor muscle fellow of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance discovered that the muscles of the pelvic floor in vulvodynia patients were abnormal. This abnormality can be measured by highly sophisticated muscle measurement technology known as surface electromyography; a noninvasive procedure much like an electrocardiogram to measure your heart muscle. Once the patients’ exact abnormality is documented, it can be corrected by an individualized program of electromyographic assisted muscle rehabilitation (biofeedback) to assure that the correct changes occur in the muscle.
Correcting the muscle abnormalities through electromyographic assisted aerobic exercise of the pelvic floor musculature increases blood flow and restores vulvar tissue integrity leading to pain relief. Overall, women undergoing this treatment report an average reduction in pain of 80%. In addition, research reports that 50% of patients become completely pain free by the end of the treatment..
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A recent Continuing Medical Education CD-ROM by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, entitled “Classical Approaches to Vulvar Disease” specifically recognizes the Glazer Protocol as an effective treatment for vulvodynia. According to Libby Edwards M.D., Secretary General of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases “We have come to rely on the Glazer Protocol as an integral part of treatment for our vulvodynia patients.”
This website is dedicated to increasing the public awareness of vulvodynia and providing a forum for support and exchange of information for patients, their support networks, treating professionals, and researchers. The information provided on this website is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician.