Can you have an Interstitial Cystitis flare from Mona Lisa Touch therapy?

I have IC and lichen schlerosis and after a week my skin is still burningon inside and out. I only had the treatment on the inside a week ago. I had 2 good days yesterday and the day before but the burning is back.

Doctor Answers 3

Anything and everything can set off IC so this is no surprise

Lichen sclerosus affects the external skin. If you had internal only treatment, you weren't treated for lichen sclerosus unless the introitus was included as part of the inside and you were given local anesthesia. If you have an IC flare, see the physician who manages it for you and treat the flare with your regular meds.

Can the Monalisa Touch vaginal laser cause a flare up of Interstitial Cystitis?

Yes.  Anything can cause a flare of IC.  Hopefully, in the long run, treating your lichen sclerosis and vaginal atrophy will reduce total nociceptive windup and reduce your overall pelvic pain.  I would treat any flare symptoms as you normally would and use Aquafor or similar petroleum products for the external areas.

IC symptoms worse?

I assume if you have LSA that the external genitalia were treated at level one power . This can cause 3-5 days of skin reaction (keep covered with vaseline, A+D, etc.). I also assume you do not have genital herpes as a cause of pain (medication needed). The IC symptoms require nothing to suddenly come on, and MLT could be an inciting cause. However, the benefits (off-label) of MLT are longer term, and down the line (anecdotal without study published yet). Just like with estrogen therapy, results are very unpredictable.  IC is a difficult condition to promise results. Hopefully you will be better soon.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.