Triggers for Vulvodynia

“Women of all ages, even teenagers, can suffer from Vulvodynia. Knowledge about the cause is limited. There are many suspected causes, including inflammation, injury to nerves in the area (neuropathic problems), hormonal factors, musculoskeletal problems & genetic factors. Often, women with vulvodynia also suffer from other common pain syndromes” [1]. And that is why it is essential to discuss your vulvodynia symptoms & triggers with an Experienced Pain Specialist

So What Causes & Risk Factors Could Trigger My Vulvodynia Pain?

• Nerve irritation or injury
• Abnormal reaction by the vulvar cells in relation to a trauma or infection
• Hereditary factors which generate long-term inflammation
• Spasms in the muscles
• Being hypersensitive to yeast infections
• Irritation or allergies due to various substances including chemicals
• Changes in hormonal balance
• Over-use of antibiotics
• Sexual abuse (in the past or present) which can bring on negative psychological effects [2].

Moreover, vulvodynia sufferers may also have to deal with other common pain syndromes that could affect their vulvodynia. These include:

• Fybromyalgia
• IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
• Painful bladder syndrome, &
• Temporomandibular disorder [2].

“The pain, burning or irritation associated with vulvodynia can make you so uncomfortable that sitting for long periods or having sex becomes unthinkable. The condition can last for months to years” [2]

To that end, it is quite understandable that women suffering from vuvodynia have to endure all kinds of unwelcome emotional issues. Further, they may have a partner who is not supportive, sensitive or understanding.

Common Emotional Issues That Can Trigger More Problems

•Feeling depressed & anxious
•Relationship breakdowns
•Sexual dysfunction
•Changed body image
•Less happiness & quality of life [2].

Booking an Appointment With a Vulvodynia Specialist

Having Vulvodynia is a very complex matter, and unfortunately, most general practitioners (GPs), do not have sufficient training in this field. – This can naturally leave patients feeling very despondent, and they often don’t know where to turn after the treatment that they have been given, fails. Fortunately, however, experienced Vulvodynia Specialists who have a long track record in this branch of medicine, can be a tremendous help, as they are up-to-date with the latest cutting-edge Vulvodynia treatments and protocols. To that end, booking an in-person or online consultation is the best way forward. This can change your life around, and help you leave your misery and suffering where it belongs – in the past.


[1]. WebMD (2020). “Vulvodynia.”

[2]. Mayo Clinic (2021). “Vulvodynia Overview.”