What is Vulvodynia?
Vulvodynia is chronic pain experienced when touching or applying pressure to the vulva (labia, clitoris, vaginal opening). Symptoms include burning, a sensation of rawness, pain during intercourse (dyspareunia), soreness, or throbbing.
The pain, or anticipation of pain, often causes women to dread physical intimacy and may result in spasms in the pelvic floor muscles as a defensive response (vaginismus). Prolonged vulvodynia may lead to anxiety, depression, or loss of self-confidence.
Some Vulvodynia Causes
A pelvic exam and cotton swab test will help your doctor determine the extent of your symptoms and recommend the best therapy or a combination of therapies. Treating vulvodynia symptoms may include medications, topical anesthetic ointments, nerve block injections, and dilator therapy to help you relax and control your pelvic floor muscles.