Vulvodynia is Not a Dirty Word
“Experiencing persistent pain in your pelvis, vagina, or during sex, is not only uncomfortable, but it may also feel awkward to share” But why? As: “an estimated 25 million women suffer from chronic pelvic pain, making it one of the most common health problems, according to the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS)” , isn’t it time to stand up and get better?
Reluctance to Seek Treatment
Why is it that so many women who think they have vulvodynia, are put off going to see their doctor? – After all, men go to see their practitioner if they have an embarrassing condition such as erectile dysfunction; and women make appointments if they think they have a sexually transmitted disease…
For some, even if they’re: “experiencing chronic pain in their pelvic or vaginal area, they may not be gung-ho to bring it up to their healthcare provider. – After all, it’s not like they’re describing a sore back, an aching shoulder, or heel pain. Discussing the pain you’re experiencing in the pelvic region, however, is important because a) it’s the medic’s job to listen to your concerns, and b) there are a variety of treatments that can help you feel better” .
However, therein lies another problem – generally speaking, GPs (general practitioners), only have a rudimentary knowledge of Vulvodynia from their basic medical training. – This means that it is very important to see an experienced Vulvodynia Pain Specialist, who has long track record in this sphere of medicine. – The need for this extensive experience is due to the complex nature of vulvodynia symptoms; standing the best chance of receiving a correct diagnosis; and being given a full spectrum of treatment options which include both conventional and more cutting-edge approaches. This means you will be given a Holistic Personalised Treatment Plan.
A Sensitive Approach
Another major difference between visiting a GP and a Vulvodynia Pain Specialist, is that due to their vast experience and subject knowledge, the latter is likely to take a far more sensitive approach, thereby making you feel at ease, and able to open up about the most intimate of details about your suffering. – And naturally, this will include any issues with your current sexual relationship.
Don’t Put It Off Until it Gets Worse
Just like so many other conditions, putting things off can only do more damage to your body, and make your pain and suffering even worse. So arrange to have an online or in-person appointment with an experienced Pain Specialist as soon as possible!
. Practical Pain Management (2020). “How to Talk to Your Doctor about Gynaecological Pain, Sexual Pain, Pelvic Pain.”