Relieve Vulvodynia Symptoms Naturally & When to Seek Help

“If you have pain, burning or irritation, in your vaginal area for more than three months, talk to an Experienced Vulvodynia Pain Specialist. You could have Vulvodynia” [1]

Vulvodynia in a Nutshell

This condition relates to experiencing long-term pain around the vagina opening (in the vulva area). At the present time, the root cause is unknown, however, research is ongoing, and in time, this may come to light [1]. As vulvodynia can be so debilitating, following tried and tested self-care tips, can be beneficial, although if you have been suffering for over three months, you should also book an appointment with a Vulvodynia Pain Specialist, who will be able to give you an accurate diagnosis, and put you on a holistic Personalised Treatment Plan. The doctor will also go over any self-care tips, which are designed to keep the affected region as undisturbed as possible.

A Few Self-Care Tips

Choosing Appropriate Clothing

In order to ensure that your vaginal area is kept dry and cool, avoid wearing tights by substituting knee/thigh-length options; and wear white cotton underwear 24/7. In addition to this, tight-fitting trousers and skirts should be avoided. And if you exercise or go swimming, make sure that you discard any sweaty or wet clothing as soon as you have finished [1].

Laundry Procedures

The residue of many laundry products are known to irritate the vaginal area. To that end, only buy
special gentle detergents which are dermatologically approved. Further, in order to make sure they are free from chemicals and soap, all underwear should be double-rinsed [1].

Personal Products

Steer clear of perfumed/scented bubble bath, soap, and creams. Only purchase 100% cotton tampons and pads. And switch to plain white, soft, toilet paper, which has not been scented [1].

Questions Your Vulvodynia Pain Specialist May Ask You

•On a scale of 1 to 10, how bad is your pain, & how long does it go on for?
•How would you class your pain — intermittent or continual, dull or sharp?
•Is the pain you are feeling normally set off by a certain event, e.g. exercise, or sexual intercourse?
•Do you experience pain during a bowel movement, or when you pass urine?
•Is your pain impacted by your period?
•Is there anything which ameliorates your pain, or makes it worse?
•Have you ever received treatment for vaginal or urinary tract infections?
•Have you ever undergone any form of pelvic surgery?
•Is there a possibility that you are pregnant, & have you ever been pregnant? [1].


[1]. Mayo Clinic (2020). “Vulvodynia.”

[2]. Johnson, T.C. (2021). “What Can I Do About Vulvodynia?”