“Fractional CO2 Laser Therapy Versus 4% Topical Lidocaine Gel for Dyspareunia in Breast Cancer Survivors”
This trial seeks to determine if therapy with a CO2 laser to the vagina is more effective than lidocaine to the opening of the vagina before intercourse to reduce painful intercourse in women who are breast cancer survivors. This study will also be looking at whether or not the CO2 laser improves pelvic floor function, bowel and bladder function, and sexual function before and after treatment.
Drug - 4% Topical Lidocaine Gel
This group will be given 4% topical lidocaine gel to take home. The patient will apply the 4% lidocaine gel to the outside and opening of the vagina for 3 minutes before vaginal penetration. The patient will continue using the numbing gel prior to vaginal penetration for the extent of the study (3 months).
Device - CO2RE fractional laser therapy
This group will undergo vaginal CO2 laser therapy for a total of three (3) treatments with one month between treatments.
Prospective Randomized Trial Comparing Treatment of Dyspareunia With Fractional CO2 Laser Therapy Versus 4% Topical Lidocaine Gel in the Setting of Breast Cancer Survivors.