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Signs and Symptoms of Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia is the clinical term for pain in the vaginal area.  The pain can be constant or intermittent, and can be felt during or after sexual intercourse, inserting a tampon, riding a bicycle, or sitting for prolonged periods of time.  Vulvodynia can come and go randomly.  It can last months or years.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of vulvodynia below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Vulvodynia include:

  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Irritation
  • Sharp pain
  • Pain upon intercourse
  • Throbbing sensation

All of the above symptoms occur in the area around the opening of the vagina, which includes the labia. The symptoms can occur in one place or in the entire vulvar area.  Vulvodynia often occurs in tandem with interstitial cystitis, a chronic non-bacterial form of cystitis that is autoimmune in nature, and with chronic yeast infections.  Vulvodynia may even be considered an autoimmune disorder in its own right, similar to lupus or to excema.  Allergies may also be a contributing factor.



Diagnosis of Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia is usually defined as pain in the vulva area lasting longer than three months.  A diagnosis of vulvodynia is made based on medical history and a pelvic exam.  A diagnosis of vulvodynia is often made after other vaginal conditions, such as yeast and/or bacterial infections have been ruled out.  Vulvodynia often has no visible symptoms, and the vulva looks normal.


Books for Women with Signs and Symptoms of Vulvodynia

The Vulvodynia Survival Guide: How to Overcome Painful Vaginal Symptoms and Enjoy an Active Lifestyle
Howard I. Glazer
Vulvodynia: Definition, Diagnosis and Treatment
Alessandra Graziottin


Ending Female Pain: A Woman’s Manual – The Ultimate Self-Help Guide for Women Suffering from Chronic Pelvic and Sexual Pain
Isa Herrera
Heal Pelvic Pain: The Proven Stretching, Strengthening, and Nutrition Program for Relieving Pain, Incontinence,& I.B.S, and Other Symptoms Without Surgery
Amy Stein


Vulvodynia Resources

General Patient Resources

  • Vulvodynia . com

Welcome to Vulvodynia.com. Explore our site to learn more about vulvovaginal pain and Dr. Glazer’s treatment.

http://www.vulvodynia.com/

  • National Vulvodynia Association

When I suffered from severe disabling vulvodynia 15 years ago, there was nowhere to find treatment information and support. Fortunately, it won’t be the same for you. We revised our website so you can immediately access our self-help guide and in-depth articles by vulvodynia specialists on different treatments.

http://www.nva.org/

  • Family Doctor . org

Information for women about the causes of and possible treatments for vulvodynia, or pain and discomfort of the vulva.

http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/women/reproductive/sex-dys/367.html

  • The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Education pamphlet on vulvodynia.

http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp127.cfm

  • WD

Vulvodynia information including symptoms, diagnosis, misdiagnosis, treatment, causes, patient stories, videos, forums, prevention, and prognosis.

http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/v/vulvodynia/intro.htm

  • Vulvodynia Support

Does life feel like one huge pain in the Vulva??? I have created this forum so that women living with Vulvodynia (Vulva Pain) can have a place to share, chat and support each other.

http://vulvodyniasupport.forumotion.net/



Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatment, self-care of this painful vaginal condition.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vulvodynia/DS00159

  • Web MD

Women with vulvodynia have chronic vulvar pain with no known cause. Until recently, doctors didn’t recognize this as a real pain syndrome. Even today, many women do not receive a diagnosis. They may also remain isolated by a condition that is not easy to discuss.

http://women.webmd.com/vulvodynia