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:
- Throbbing, aching or soreness
- Inflammation or swelling of the vulva
Treatment options for vulvodynia can include:
- Hormone gels or creams
- 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.
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