Ahinoam Lev-Sagie

Ahinoam Lev-Sagie
Hadassah Medical Center | hadassah · Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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None of the currently available parameters allow for a direct and objective measurement of vaginal moisture. We used a calibrated filter paper strip as a measurement tool for the quantification of vaginal fluid, in a similar manner as the ophthalmic “Schirmer test” (used for eye moisture measurement). The study aimed to evaluate the validity of thi...
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Objective This series of articles, titled The Vaginal Microbiome (VMB), written on behalf of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease, aims to summarize the recent findings and understanding of the vaginal bacterial microbiota, mainly regarding areas relevant to clinicians specializing in vulvovaginal disorders. Materials a...
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Objective: This series of articles, titled The Vaginal Microbiome (VMB), written on behalf of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease, aims to summarize the recent findings and understanding of the vaginal bacterial microbiota, mainly regarding areas relevant to clinicians specializing in vulvovaginal disorders. Materials...
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Objective: This series of articles, titled The Vaginal Microbiome, written on behalf of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease, aims to summarize the current findings and understanding of the vaginal bacterial microbiota, mainly regarding areas relevant to clinicians specializing in vulvovaginal disorders. Materials and m...
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Objective: This series of articles, titled The Vaginal Microbiome (VMB), written on behalf of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease, aims to summarize the recent findings and understanding of the vaginal bacterial microbiota, mainly regarding areas relevant to clinicians specializing in vulvovaginal disorders. Materials...
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Objective: This series of articles, titled The Vaginal Microbiome (VMB), written on behalf of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease, aims to summarize the recent findings and understanding of the vaginal bacterial microbiota, mainly regarding areas relevant to clinicians specializing in vulvovaginal disorders. Materials...
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This authoritative textbook provides a much-needed guide for postgraduate trainees preparing for the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG) Fellowship examination. Published in association with EBCOG, it fully addresses the competencies defined by the EBCOG curriculum and builds the clinical practice related to these compe...
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Vulvovaginal Graft-versus-host disease (VV-GVHD) is an underdiagnosed complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). The severity of the disease varies greatly, ranging from minor discomfort to severe, irreversible anatomic changes. This study sought to assess the long-term course of VV-GVHD. A retrospective analysis was conducted...
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The pathophysiology underlying painful intercourse is challenging due to variability in manifestations of vulvar pain hypersensitivity. This study aimed to address whether the anatomic location of vestibular-provoked pain is associated with specific, possible causes for insertional dyspareunia. Women (n = 113) were assessed for “anterior” and “post...
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Purpose of Review To present a comprehensive systematic approach for diagnosing correctly the cause(s) of bothersome genital symptoms. Recent Findings We searched the PUBMED for practical clinical guidelines, written by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers directed for diagnosing bothersome genital symptoms. This search was performed b...
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We report the results of a first exploratory study testing the use of vaginal microbiome transplantation (VMT) from healthy donors as a therapeutic alternative for patients suffering from symptomatic, intractable and recurrent bacterial vaginosis (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT02236429). In our case series, five patients were treated, and in four of them V...
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Objective: Despite the high prevalence of dyspareunia, published data focused on childbirth is scarce. This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of dyspareunia in a random primiparae parturient population, characterize their features, and describe associated perinatal outcomes. Study design: In this prospective observational study we approache...
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The vulvar vestibule is the tissue located between the vagina and the vulva, comprising the vaginal introitus. It is mainly considered in the context of localized provoked vestibulodynia, a pain condition causing dyspareunia in 8–16% of women. Purpose of Review To describe the vulvar vestibule’s unique properties, which may have a role in the deve...
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Background: Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is an emerging medical technology in which non-thermal laser irradiation is applied to treat pain. Because LLLT has been found effective in treating various pain syndromes without known side effects, we conducted a study evaluating the effect of LLLT on provoked vestibulodynia (PVD), a complex sexual pain...
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Gynecologist and plastic surgeons pioneered the application of lasers in medicine and surgery almost 5 decades ago, initially used to treat cervical and vaginal pathologies. Ever since, energy-based devices have been deployed to treat pelvic pathologies and improve fertility. Recent technological developments triggered an unprecedented wave of publ...
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This series of articles, Standards for Clinical Trials in Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction, began with the discussion of a common expected standard for clinical trial design in male and female sexual dysfunction, a common rationale for the design of phase I to IV clinical trials, and common considerations for the selection of study population and...
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The focus of this article, the fourth in the series, Standards for Clinical Trials in Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction, is on aspects of clinical trial design and measurement that are specific to clinical trials for treatments of female sexual dysfunction. Challenges in this area include the limited extent of treatment development and clinical tr...
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Group A streptococcus (GAS) is a rare but serious cause of postpartum and gynecological infections. There are no follow-up or prophylaxis guidelines for women with previous GAS genital infection. We aimed to evaluate the incidence of long-term gynecological carrier state in patients with a history of genital GAS infection. This is a prospective stu...
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The second article in this series, Standards for Clinical Trials in Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction, focuses on measurement of patient-reported outcomes (PROs). Together with the design of appropriate phase I to phase IV clinical trials, the development, validation, choice, and implementation of valid PRO measurements—the focus of the present ar...
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This series of articles outlines standards for clinical trials of treatments for male and female sexual dysfunctions, with a focus on research design and patient-reported outcome assessment. These articles consist of revision, updating, and integration of articles on standards for clinical trials in male and female sexual dysfunction from the 2010...
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Vulvodynia refers to pain in the vulva of at least 3 months’ duration in the absence of a recognized underlying cause. Provoked, localized vestibulodynia is the term used to describe superficial pain confined to the vulvar vestibule, provoked by touch. This review will focus on provoked vestibulodynia with regard to its suggested causative factors...
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Various inflammatory, infectious, and dermatologic disorders may cause genital pain and dyspareunia. Vulvar discomfort, occurring in the absence of a specific, clinically identifiable disorder, is defined as vulvodynia. This chapter describes the differential diagnosis of vulvar disorders and provides guidance for the assessment of patients with vu...
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Vulvovaginal atrophy is a common condition associated with decreased estrogenization of the vaginal tissue. Symptoms include vaginal dryness, irritation, itching, soreness, burning, dyspareunia, discharge, urinary frequency, and urgency. It can occur at any time in a woman's life cycle, although more commonly in the postmenopausal phase, during whi...
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Purpose: Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection is a major cause of neonatal sepsis. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence and risk factors for GBS carriership among parturient women in Jerusalem. Methods: A cross-sectional study of 436 parturient Jewish women at Hadas-sah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Mount Scopus. The stud...
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Autoimmune progesterone dermatitis (APD) is an immune reaction to endogenous progesterone that can follow exposure to exogenous progesterone. Skin eruption develops cyclically during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle when progesterone levels are elevated. Patients present with a variety of skin eruptions, including erythema multiforme, eczema...
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This study aimed to examine differences in symptoms and diagnoses between women 50 years and younger and women older than 50 years who have chronic vulvovaginal complaints. New patients of the Drexel University Vaginitis Center with chronic vulvovaginal complaints were eligible. Participants underwent a standardized medical evaluation and completed...
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To describe the use of complementary alternative medicines in women with chronic vaginitis and to evaluate epidemiologic factors associated with these treatments. In this prospective cohort study, patients with chronic vaginitis completed a questionnaire about past diagnoses and treatments. Information regarding demographics, medical and social his...
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Objective. Vulvar vestibulitis syndrome (VVS) is a disorder characterized by an inability to experience pain-free vaginal penetration. We hypothesized that one mechanism resulting in VVS was an inability to effectively inactivate reactive oxygen species that were induced by a local physical insult. Methods. VVS patients (190) and controls (194) wer...
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Objetivo. Evaluar la eficacia de amitriptilina 2%/baclofeno 2% en crema (ABC) en el tratamiento de la vestibulodinia provocada (VP). Materiales y metodos. En esta evaluacion retrospectiva de pacientes con VP que recibieron ABC se identifico a mujeres que presentaban VP y cumplian los criterios de inclusion en una base de datos de pacientes con tras...
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Objective. To evaluate the effectiveness of amitriptyline 2%/baclofen 2% cream (ABC) in treating provoked vestibulodynia (PV). Materials and Methods. In this retrospective evaluation of patients with PV who received ABC, women who had PV and met entry criteria were identified from a database of women with chronic vulvovaginal disorders. Treatment c...
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We evaluated whether vaginal concentrations of hyaluronan were altered in women with recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (RVVC). Lavage samples from 17 women with acute RVVC, 27 women who were receiving a maintenance antifungal regimen, and 24 control women were tested for hyaluronan and interleukin (IL)-6, IL-12, and IL-23 by enzyme-linked immunoso...
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Patients with vulvar vestibulitis syndrome (VVS) and control subjects were tested for a polymorphism in the gene coding for the NALP3 component of inflammasomes, cytoplasmic structures regulating interleukin (IL)-1beta production. DNA from 143 women with VVS and 182 control women were tested for a length polymorphism in intron 4 of the gene (CIAS1)...
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IntroductionVaginal Atrophy and Atrophic VaginitisSexual Dysfunction in Vaginal AtrophySummaryReferences
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Assisted reproduction techniques allowed thousands of otherwise infertile couples to attain pregnancy. As this technology moves into the mainstream of infertility treatment, it has become more critical to reassess its safety. To review the birth outcome of patients undergoing conventional in-vitro fertilization and intracyto- plasmic sperm injectio...
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To evaluate the success of a simple modified vestibulectomy in treating vulvar vestibulitis. Fifty-nine patients with vulvar vestibulitis refractory to nonsurgical treatment underwent modified vestibulectomy. Response was defined as return to normal coitus and was graded as complete, partial or non-responsive. The postoperative follow-up period was...
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A retrospective study on 82 women with an incidental sonographic finding suspected to be intrauterine polyps was undertaken to assess the histopathologic characteristics of such polyps utilising operative hysteroscopy. Endometrial polyps were found in 68 patients, submucousal myomas in 7, atrophic endometrium in 6 and thickened proliferative endome...
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To assess the diagnostic benefit of laparoscopy in infertile women with normal hysterosalpingography (HSG) or suspected unilateral pathology on HSG. Charts of infertile women that underwent complete infertility evaluation between 1996 and 1998 were retrospectively reviewed. Eighty-six patients in whom both HSG and laparoscopy were performed were in...
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Prenatal diagnosis of congenital malformations is a major goal of obstetric sonography. Although significant progress has been made in the ability to detect fetal anomalies by ultrasound, some fetal anomalies cannot be detected during second trimester routine ultrasound scanning. Among the "undiagnosed anomalies" are many fetal anomalies that follo...
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Fallopian tube prolapse is a rare complication of hysterectomy, characterized by vaginal discharge, abdominal pain, pelvic inflammatory disease and vaginal bleeding. The diagnosis is often delayed, and is usually done after an histopathological examination identifies fallopian tube on biopsy. The advised treatment is surgical resection, which can b...

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