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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. Theodore Davantzis
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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?

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

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I have pain in my vaginal area. Is this vulvodynia?

I have pain in my vaginal area. Is this vulvodynia?

Vulvodynia=vulvar pa: Vulvodynia=vulvar pain. This condition can occur at any age and can be difficult to treat. See you gynecologist for evaluation, treatment and followup. If the pain persists, ask for a referral to a vulvar pain specialist. ...Read more

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What is treatment for women have vulvodynia?

Many Treatments: Vulvodynia is a complex pain disorder which can consist of burning, shooting, itching, or throbbing pain of the vagina. It has no known etiology and is a diagnosis of exclusion (other problems must be ruled out). The treatments can consist of physical therapy, diazepam, trigger point injections, topical anesthesia, antidepressants, and surgery. Unfortunately, there is no fda approved treatment. ...Read more

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What treatments are available for vulvodynia pain?

What treatments are available for vulvodynia pain?

Difficult problem: This is a tough problem to treat i generally start with a potent steroid cream and twice daily baths. Please see a gynecologist who specializes in vulvodynia if your physician is unable to help you. Check out http://www.Nva.Org for more information. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between yeast and vulvodynia?

Is there a connection between yeast and vulvodynia?

May be: Vulvodynia, by definition is vaginal pain without a known cause. However, infection may be a trigger for the disorder. Please consult this site for information in this topic. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vulvodynia/ds00159. ...Read more

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I believe I have vulvodynia. Can you write a prescription for this?

I believe I have vulvodynia.  Can you write a prescription for this?

Unsure: Vulvodynia is vulvar pain. The particular treatment would depend on the specific diagnosis. It is necessary to have a complete history, an appropriately focused exam, and possibly cultures/biopsies/labs to establish a diagnosis and guide treatment. ...Read more

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Why is it that most gynecologists are not able to properly diagnose and treat vulvodynia?

Why is it that most gynecologists are not able to properly diagnose and treat vulvodynia?

Not true: All gynecology specialists are very familiar , 16% of females suffer , no identifiable pathology , every test will be normal , no explainable etiology , yet woman suffer intractable pains , and doctors are helpless . If you are one of the victim , go to a specialized place , maintain intense hygiene , wear cotton under wear , nothing at night , and lubricants to vagina , hope you will feel better. ...Read more

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Will it my vulvodynia go away over time since I am a teen? (related to hormonal fluctuations due to puberty?)

Will it my vulvodynia go away over time since I am a teen? (related to hormonal fluctuations due to puberty?)

Vulvadynia: Vulvadynia may improve with the onset of menses, but there are no guarantees. See your provider for an effective treatment plan which may include steroid and estrogen creams. ...Read more

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I have vulvodynia and I need something for the pain. Can I use local anesthetic? Is it safe to use daily?

I have vulvodynia and I need something for the pain. Can I use local anesthetic? Is it safe to use daily?

Vulvodynia: Vulvodynia is a complex issue. A complete history and examination should be done to look for possible causes. In some cases topical anesthetic creams can be prescribed. In other cases the underlying cause can be determined and treated ...Read more

Dr. Jane Van Dis
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Vulvodynia (Definition)

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