Vulvodynia and Vulvar Pain

Vulvar Pain Clinic in London specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vulvodynia and other types of vulvar pain. Our team of experts has written Viva La Vulva to help women manage and treat their chronic vulvar pain. Learn more about vulvodynia and vulvar pain.

Vulvodynia is a type of chronic pain that develops in the external part of a woman’s genitalia and lasts for at least three months. Many times, this type of vulvar pain is diagnosed through exclusion. In other words, other medical conditions, such as infections, are ruled out first.

Symptoms of Vulvodynia and Vulvar Pain

Vulvodynia symptoms vary in both type and severity. Some of the symptoms described by women with vulvar pain are:

  • Vulvar soreness
  • Labia majora that is swollen and itchy
  • Burning sensation
  • Stinging
  • Rawness
  • Pain during intercourse

Causes of Vulvodynia and Vulvar Pain

Our medical team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vulvodynia pain, and they have found that the causes of this pain condition are fairly unique to each woman. We have determined vulvodynia causes to involve nerve abnormalities, inflammation, genetic aspects, and musculoskeletal issues. We also find that women with certain broader pain conditions may also suffer from vulvar pain, such as:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Temporomandibular disorder
  • Painful bladder syndrome
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Diagnosis of Vulvodynia and Vulvar Pain

An accurate diagnosis for vulvodynia and vulvar pain can be achieved through a comprehensive discussion with the patient. It is through a review of symptoms, medical history, and treatment history that we are able to determine that you have vulvodynia. In most cases, a physical examination is not required. We may refer you to a specialist to identify the underlying cause of your vulvar pain.

Treatment of Vulvodynia and Vulvar Pain

While there is no specific vulvodynia cure, Vulvar Pain Clinic in London specializes in therapies that will reduce your discomfort and improve quality of life. You can learn more about treatment approaches for vulvar pain in Viva La Vulva.

Vulvar Vestibulitis

Also known as provoked vestibulodynia, vulvar vestibulitis is a pain condition that involves extreme sensitivity at the opening of the vagina. This is the most common reason that woman experience discomfort during intercourse.

Vulvar Vestibulitis Symptoms

The typical symptom of vulvar vestibulitis is pain at the onset of intercourse (insertion) and during movement. Once the movement stops, the pain subsides. Some women with the condition notice burning sensations after intercourse and when urinating.

Vulvar Vestibulitis Causes

Vulvar vestibulitis appears to be caused by abnormalities or unique anatomical structure of the nerves, as well as very tight muscles in the genital area. As a result, pressure that might otherwise be considered mild causes significant discomfort.

Vulvar Vestibulitis Treatment

The goal of finding vulvar vestibulitis relief is to manage your symptoms. This may include managing discomfort and stress. Medications are effective for reducing inflammation or numbing the tissue. You can also make some lifestyle changes, such as changing hygiene products that may cause your genital area to be more sensitive.

Read About Vulvodynia and Vulvar Pain in Viva La Vulva

In Chapter 1 of Viva La Vulva, we discuss vulvodynia and vulvar pain in detail. You learn about the many research projects and studies that work to identify effective treatments for women.

Where Do I Find Female Vulvodynia Specialists Near Me?

Vulvar Pain Clinic in London specializes in vulvodynia and other types of vulvar pain. Our team of vulvar pain specialists have written Viva La Vulva to provide valuable, in-depth information to understand your chronic vulvar pain and how you can improve your quality of life with treatment at Vulvar Pain Clinic in London. If you have any questions about the book, vulvodynia, or vulvar pain, or if you would like to schedule a consultation at Vulvar Pain Clinic in London, contact us today.