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Unfortunately this condition is not reversible, however there may be options to slow it down.

5) You have vulvodynia.

Vulvodynia is a condition where a woman has ongoing pain at the opening of their vagina that regular medical treatments do not resolve. Pain can interfere with intercourse, wearing jeans, using a tampon and even sitting.

A recent study at University of Michigan “found that more than 25 percent of women have experienced ongoing vulvar pain at some point in their lives.” Talk to your doctor if these symptoms sound familiar, or contact the NVA (see below) to find one.

6) You have a history of abuse.

This is a delicate topic, but an important one, to discuss. Muscles have memory and those muscles in and around the vaginal area may have been traumatized from an abuse history. This can still be true for women who are in the most wonderful of relationships now.

There are a variety of help options available including various counseling methods (it’s not one-size-fits-all) and pelvic floor physical therapy by qualified physical therapists.

Pain with sexual intercourse is not uncommon as most all women have experienced it every once in a while. Even something as simple as a position change or timing in the cycle can make a difference. If you are experiencing pain routinely, talk with your health care provider about an appropriate work up so that you do not have to suffer any longer.

Reources:

Endometriosis.org http://endometriosis.org

NVA (National Vulvodynia Association)
http://www.nva.org/whatIsVulvodynia.html

RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network)
http://www.rainn.org

References:

1) Stewart, E. (2013). Lichen sclerosus (Beyond the Basics). Web. 22 February, 2014. Retrieved from
http://www.uptodate.com/contents/lichen-sclerosus-beyond-the-basics

2) Evangelista, A., Dantas, T., Zendron, C., Soares, T., Vaz, G., and Oliveira, M. (2014). Sexual Function in Patients with Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis. Web. 22 February, 2014. Retrieved from
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24165172

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