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How to tell if I have vulvodynia?

How to tell if I have vulvodynia?

You'll know: Vulvodynia is a medical term for stating that a woman's vulva is painful. There are four main categories involved with diagnosing vulvodynia. It can be a very frustrating symptom for women. Finding a compassionate doctor who will thoroughly evaluate & treat vulvodynia can be difficult for woman with this symptom. Even with thorough diagnosis & treatment, symptoms may improve but persist. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of vulvodynia?

What are the symptoms of vulvodynia?

Pain: You can have vulvar itching, burning, tearing with penetration or in some cases when sitting or tight clothing. Some women will experience pain all the time. ...Read more

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Is vulvodynia a symptom of IC/PBS?

Is vulvodynia a symptom of IC/PBS?

Possibly: Vulvodynia is a term used to describe any chronic pain condition of the vulvar area. It sometimes happens together with IC/PBS making it difficult to tell which condition is causing the symptoms, especially if there is pelvic floor dysfunction as well. A doctor with experience in vulvodynia should be able to help. There's a list of providers on www.nva.org if your usual doctors aren't sure. ...Read more

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Can sciatica be a reason for vulvodynia?

Can sciatica be a reason for vulvodynia?

Possibly: Generally this is a very unlikely possibility, but to actually rule it out i would suggest seeing your doctor to get further imaging studies of your spine ; pelvis. ...Read more

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Where can I find a doctor that knows about vulvodynia?

Where can I find a doctor that knows about vulvodynia?

Referrals: You can see your ob-gyn physician first; they are trained to helpl this condition and some also specifically study vulvodynia. The national vulvodynia association would also be a place to find good information and get a list of referral sources -- you need to join though. https://www.nva.org/ also the book, "when sex hurts: a woman's guide to banishing seuxal pain" by goldstein is helpful. ...Read more

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Can vulvodynia be cured? Can it be cured in 1wk. can't use tampons. Can tampons cause vulvodynia? Will numbing cream hyontinse idk howto spell cure it

Depends: Depending on the specific cause for the labial pain, it may be curable in a few days - but it could also require months to years to resolve even with appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Heard Effexor (venlafaxine) is good to treat vulvodynia. Been on it for yrs, 150 mg with no help at all. How could i get this condition while on effexor (venlafaxine)? Any ideas?

Heard Effexor (venlafaxine) is good to treat vulvodynia. Been on it for yrs, 150 mg with no help at all. How could i get this condition while on effexor (venlafaxine)? Any ideas?

Vulvodynia: Great questions about effexor, which indeed can help some women with vulvodynia. It's not a standalone treatment though, and isn't preventative or curative. No single agent has found to help a majority of women, and a trial of multiple medications is usually needed. Others include elavil, norpramin, topical anesthetics, gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) cymbalta, tramadol, tegretol, and estrogens. ...Read more

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Can tampons cause vulvodynia?

Can tampons  cause vulvodynia?

No: Women with vulvodynia often find it painful or difficult to use tampons but tampons aren't the cause of the pain. Something else has made the vulva or vagina sore. ...Read more

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What to do if I have vulvodynia, is this curable?

What to do if I have vulvodynia, is this curable?

Controllable: Although there is no "cure" for vulvodynia, it is certainly treatable/comtrollable. Treatment is multi-modal, utilizing topical and oral medication as well as physical therapy, biofeedback and dietary modifications. Seek out a vulvodynia expert in your area. ...Read more

Dr. Jane Van Dis
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Vulvodynia (Definition)

Vulvodynia is a condition where a woman experiences pain in the labia of her vagina, not due to infection ...Read more