Vulvodynia: Signs Of Vaginal Pain That You Should Not Avoid
Health and Fitness
On 24th January 2018
According to the Cleveland Clinic, around 200,000 women in the US are affected by vulvodynia. Of course, there may be even more women who have the telltale symptoms without knowing the diagnosis. Find out more about what exactly vulvodynia is and learn about the most common symptoms below.
Women with vulvodynia have chronic vulvar pain with no known cause.
Vulvodynia can be complicated. There's no known cause or catch-all cure. But the goal of vulvodynia treatment is simple: Make the pain stop.
Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
Possible causes of vulvodynia
It is not known what causes vulvodynia. There is no evidence that infections, such as sexually transmitted infections, cause it.
Researchers are trying to find the causes of vulvodynia. These may include:
Nerve injury or irritation
Abnormal response in vulvar cells to an infection or trauma
Genetic factors that make the vulva respond poorly to long-term (chronic) inflammation
Hypersensitivity to yeast infections
Allergies or irritation to chemicals or other substances
History of sexual abuse
Frequent antibiotic use