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What is Vulvodynia?

By April 22, 2011 - 11:21am
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Vulvodynia is chronic pain or discomfort in the vulva. The vulva is often called the lips of the vagina.

The vulva includes:
 Labia (labia majora and labia minora)
 Clitoris
 Vaginal opening

The causes of vulvodynia are not completely known but may include:
 Infection
 Changes in the vulvar tissue
 Perhaps abnormal nerve sensation
The following factors are thought to increase the risk of vulvodynia:
 Recurrent yeast infections
 Frequent use of antibiotics
 Irritation to the genitals by soaps or detergents
 Genital rashes
 Previous treatment or surgery to the external genitals
 History of genital warts
 Pelvic nerve irritation or muscle spasms
 History of sexual abuse
 History of domestic violence

Vulvodynia has become increasingly popular through the last couple of years—finally getting the attention that it deserves, given that it is more common than most people think.
Follow one of our readers journey with Vulvodynia, and find some hope and hopefully help through her story:

Dr. Goldstein explains Vulvodynia in this video:
For more information on causes, risks, and treatment for Vulvodynia—visit our: Vulvodynia Page

April 22, 2011 - 11:36am
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