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What Is Vulvodynia?

One common vulvovaginal condition is vulvodynia. This refers to pain that affects the vulva, lasts for three months or longer, and is not caused by an infection, skin disorder, or other medical condition. Many women often describe the feeling of vulvodynia as burning, stinging, irritation, or itchiness.

You may feel this pain in your entire vulva, or just in a specific area. It may also be constant, or only occur when the area is touched.

Several different factors can cause this condition, including damage or irritation to the nerves of the vulva, inflammation or infections, certain genetic disorders, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, and even food sensitivities.

What Is Vaginitis?

Vaginitis is another common vulvovaginal condition that we can discuss with you. This condition involves inflammation of the vagina that can affect as many as one third of women at some point in their lives. Vaginitis is often caused when the lining of the vagina becomes inflamed. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Use of antibiotics
  • Changes in hormone levels
  • Use of spermicides
  • Sexual intercourse
  • Infection

Treatments for Vulvovaginal Issues

All vulvovaginal treatments will vary depending on the specific condition and causes, but some options may include:

  • Pain relievers
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Physical therapy
  • Local anesthetics
  • Hormonal treatments
  • Trigger point therapy

Talk to your provider about any pain you’re experiencing. They’ll help diagnose the issue and offer guidance for what treatments may work best for you.