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Vulvodynia is a type of chronic pain affecting the vulva and other female genital organs. It is not an uncommon condition; nearly six million women in the US may suffer from symptoms of vulvodynia. There is no known cause, and there is no evidence it develops as a result of sexually transmitted diseases.


Symptoms may be constant or they may occur during activities such as exercise, sexual intercourse or walking. Symptoms may include any of the following:

  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Throbbing, aching or soreness
  • Itching
  • Inflammation or swelling of the vulva


Treatment options for vulvodynia can include:

  • Hormone gels or creams
  • Antidepressants
  • Nerve blocks
  • Pelvic floor rehabilitation (physical therapy treatments)

Chronic pain suffered as a result of vulvodynia affects your emotional well-being. You may find therapy and support groups to be helpful. In addition, Summa Health System has a dedicated specialist in the management of sexual pain and other conditions such as vulvodynia.

To make an appointment for an evaluation, click or call (800) 237-8662.