The prevalence of idiopathic vulvodynia and proctodynia is high. Pain management with anti-depressants and anti-epileptics may induce undesirable side effects. Therefore, topical baclofen cream and palmitoylethanolamide might be new therapeutic options.
A 33-year-old woman with intractable chronic vulvar and anal pain had to abstain from sexual intercourse and could neither cycle nor sit for more than 5 min. The patient did not respond to standard treatments. We prescribed a combination of topical baclofen 5 % and palmitoylethanolamide 400 mg, three times daily. After 3 months her symptoms decreased more than 50 % and sexual intercourse was possible again without pain.
Topical baclofen and palmitoylethanolamide can be a viable treatment option in chronic vulvodynia and proctodynia.
Palmitoylethanolamide may therefore be useful in the treatment of pain of the vagina, such as in vulvodynia.
We prefer treatment either with the Italian PEA tablets, based on PEA-um or PEA-m, or by administrating the Dutch PEA capsules containing PEA-opt. Dutch capsules do not contain any chemical excipients and are 100% pure in vegetarian capsules.
Only for these the Dutch and the Italian formulations long term safety and efficacy data gathered under the supervision of MDs are available. And only for these formulations (PEA-um, PEA-m and PEA-opt) there are currently data available proving that after intake PEA levels in the body significantly rise. Such data do not exist for me-too PEA formulations.
Vulvodynia and proctodynia treated with topical baclofen 5 % and palmitoylethanolamide.
Keppel Hesselink JM, Kopsky DJ, Sajben NL.
Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2014 Aug;290(2):389-93. doi: 10.1007/s00404-014-3218-4. Epub 2014 Apr 2.