VULVODYNIA

Description

Vulvodynia is chronic pain in the area around the opening of your vagina (vulva)

Symptoms

  • Burning
  • Soreness
  • Stinging
  • Rawness
  • Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Throbbing
  • Itching

Causes

  • Injury to or irritation of the nerves surrounding your vulvar region
  • Past vaginal infections
  • Allergies or sensitive skin
  • Hormonal changes

Risk Factors

  • It can affect women of all ages
  • Often occurs in women who are otherwise healthy

Diagnostic Tests

  • Pelvic exam
  • Cotton swab test

Treatment

  • Physiotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Pelvic floor therapy
  • Nerve blocks
  • Biofeedback therapy
  • Self care

Medications

  • Local anesthetics, such as lidocaine
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Interferon injections

Lifestyle Management

  • Avoid scented hygiene products
  • Use petroleum jelly before swimming
  • Avoid Potential Irritants
  • Avoid activities that put pressure on your vulva
  • Wash gently
  • Avoid tightfitting pantyhose and nylon underwear
  • Avoid hot tubs and soaking in hot baths
  • Use lubricants