Pain in the Vagina Treatment
The treatment for vaginal pain depends on the cause. However, many medication may be used to relieve the pain.
Treatment for vaginal pain may include:
- Lidocaine ointment
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Additional oral medications for vulvodynia:
- May be appropriate for some women who do not respond to medications.
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Pain in the Vagina Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of vaginal pain.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having vulvodynia again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Pain in the Vagina Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat vaginal pain:
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