Vulvodynia is a condition where pressure on the vulva and vaginal opening causes severe pain, resulting in involuntary vaginal muscle contraction, and the inability to have intercourse.
If left untreated the pain cycle continues and the problem worsens. It is a process to treat this disorder, and takes active patient participation, but treatment is available and effective.
What Are the Symptoms of Vulvodynia?
There isn’t a specific kind of pain at the vulva to be diagnosed with vulvodynia. Burning sensations, soreness, stinging sensations, a feeling of rawness, pain during intercourse, a throbbing sensation, or even itching can all qualify for Vulvodynia.
The pain may need to be provoked (actively touched), or it might not be. It might occur on a constant basis, or it may just occur ocasionally. And it can be generalized or localized.
The vulva does not need to be inflamed necessarily for their issue to be diagnosed as Vulvodynia.
What Causes Vulvodynia?
Vulvodynia doesn’t have a specific pathology. It can be caused by a simple injury to the area, or an infection. Allergies or hormonal changes can also account for the issue.
In general, it is a blunt diagnosis referring to pain in the area, meant to indicate that there is a persistent issue of some sort that isn’t going away on its own. And that’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor.
Words Unsaid Can Lead to No Treatment
Many women are embarrassed to report pain in their vaginal area to their doctor. But if they don’t go, then issues that are easily treatable might go untreated — such an STI, or yeast infection. Moreover, serious issues such as precancerous conditions might be missed if the pain goes unreported.
Moreover, if the pain isn’t going away by itself, then some sort of treatment is necessary, and a frank talk with your doctor is the first step to finding a solution.
Want to know more? Call The Menopause Center for more information and to schedule your appointment with Dr. Melinda Hall.