Chronic Vulvar Pain Overview
Another name for Chronic Vulvar Pain is Vulvodynia.
What is vulvodynia?
A woman with vulvodynia has chronic pain or discomfort in the labia, vagina or clitoris. Women with the diagnosis of vulvodynia have had all other common causes for vaginal pain excluded through testing. This includes Bartholin's cyst, genital sores, vaginitis, and venereal disease. Vulvodynia can last for weeks to months. In some rare cases, the symptoms can last for years. Almost all women suffer from vaginal pain at some point during their lives, but few will develop vulvodynia.
What are the symptoms of vulvodynia?
Symptoms of vulvodynia include burning pain or irritation around the opening to the vagina (vulva). Vagina itching may be present in some women.
How does the doctor treat vulvodynia?
The treatment for vulvodynia focuses on relieving symptoms. Treatment may include tricyclic antidepressants or anticonvulsants (carbamazepine, gabapentin). Antihistamines, such as hydroxyzine may help to relieve itching. Other treatment options include biofeedback therapy, local anesthetics, and surgery.
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