Vulvodynia: Where is the Pain Really Coming From?

“Vulvodynia is a chronic discomfort of the vulva, the part of a woman’s body that protects the genitals, & includes: the external female genitalia, e.g. the mons pubis, the labia majora & minora, the clitoris, & the perineum. Vulvar pain can appear for various reasons, but it is specifically linked to hypersensitive nerve endings in the skin. Around 16% of women have experienced pain or stinging in the vulval area at some time” [1]. To that end, if you do have symptoms, this is the time to contact an Experienced Vulvodynia Pain Specialist

Putting a Magnifying Glass on the Symptoms

Vulvodynia involves an irritating, itching, stinging, or burning sensation, in the vulvar tissue, the latter of which, may also appear inflamed. Women frequently relay a feeling of swelling, soreness, aching, itching, and throbbing. This pain may be restricted to a specific area, or could be experienced in a wider region spanning the inner thighs, the mons pubis, the perineum, and
the clitoris. Moreover, such pain may also impact the inner thighs, the top of the legs, and
the region around the urethra [1].

So What is the Root Cause?

Vulvodynia pain is classed as neuropathic, denoting that it derives from deviant signals that are transmitted within the vulval region. The hypersensitivity of the nerve endings in this area, are a serious issue, as they can cause considerable pain and anguish. Such pain could be intermittent or continual. If the pain is non-stop, implying that it occurs when there is no pressure or touch to the area in question, then the condition is known as unprovoked vulvodynia [1].

Generally speaking, vulvodynia is only diagnosed if it has persisted for a minimum of 3 months. It is known to come on suddenly in a large percentage of women, and the suffering could go on for months, or in many cases, years. And while it is not life-threatening [1], the pain that it generates can to some degree, be life changing, in that it can stop the sufferer from enjoying life to the full, being at their optimum at work and home, in their relationships, and in their family life; and being able to do normal activities. Naturally, such an unwelcome scenario can bring on depression, anxiety, and other negative mental states.

Seeking Help From A Vulvodynia Pain Specialist

Fortunately, there are now innovative cutting-edge treatments which can be used alongside conventional ones. When you book an online or in-person appointment with an experienced Vulvodynia Pain Specialist, after they have gone through your medical history, discussed your symptoms, and if necessary, administered any essential tests, they will tell you what type of protocol will be suitable for your individual situation.


[1]. Kraft, S. (2017). “Vulvodynia: What you need to know.” Medical News Today.