Symptoms of Vulvodynia

The following features are indicative of Vulvodynia:
  • burning
  • soreness
  • stinging
  • painful intercourse
  • itching

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Common Causes of Vulvodynia

The following are the most common causes of Vulvodynia:
  • injury of the nerves surrounding vulvar region
  • past vaginal infections
  • sensitive skin
  • hormonal changes
  • muscular spasm in the pelvic floor

Risk Factors for Vulvodynia

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Vulvodynia:
  • more prominent in age between 18-64 years

Prevention of Vulvodynia

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Vulvodynia. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • apply a lubricant before having sex
  • avoid wearing tight fitting pantyhose underwear

Occurrence of Vulvodynia

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Vulvodynia cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Vulvodynia can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Vulvodynia most commonly occurs in the following gender:
  • Female

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Vulvodynia

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Vulvodynia:
  • Pelvic examination: Examines external genitals and vagina for signs of infection or other causes of symptoms
  • Cotton swab test: Diagnostic test for specific and localized areas of pain in vulvar region

Complications of Vulvodynia if untreated

Yes, Vulvodynia causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Vulvodynia is left untreated:
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • sleep disturbances
  • sexual dysfunctioning
  • vaginismus

Procedures for Treatment of Vulvodynia

The following procedures are used to treat Vulvodynia:
  • Vestibulectomy: Surgical procedure to treat vulvar pain and vulvar vestibulitis

Self-care for Vulvodynia

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Vulvodynia:
  • Apply cold compresses: Cold compresses exposure to external genital area helps to ease pain and itching
  • Avoid wearing tight fitting pantyhose underwear: To avoid temperature increase that can cause irritation
  • Avoid bathing in hot baths: To ease vagina from discomfort and itching
  • Perform kegel exercises: To relax pelvic muscles

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Vulvodynia

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Vulvodynia:
  • Biofeedback therapy: This therapy can help to reduce pain by relaxation of pelvic muscles
  • Massage: To get relief from severe conditions of vulvodynia

Patient Support for Treatment of Vulvodynia

The following actions may help Vulvodynia patients:
  • Practice sex therapy with partner: This therapy might help you and your partner to cope up with vulvodynia

Time for Treatment of Vulvodynia

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Vulvodynia to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 3 months

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Vulvodynia.

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