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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


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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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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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Any home remedies for vulvodynia?

Any home remedies for vulvodynia?

Many Treatments: Vulvodynia is a disorder of pain 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). Unfortunately, there is no fda approved treatment. At home, you can try sitz baths and lubricants for sex. However, i urge you to see your gynecologist or urogynecologist for options. ...Read more

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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

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Is vulvodynia when sex is painful down there?

Is vulvodynia when sex is painful down there?

Yes: Vulvodynia means pain the vulva, it could be during intercourse or all the time. Provoked vulvodynia pain is elicited at the time of penetration, with a burning, stinging, reaping sensation. ...Read more

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What are my options if i suffer with vulvodynia?

See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vulvodynia/basics/treatment/con-20020326

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Can vulvodynia be cured through injection within days to hrs?

Can vulvodynia be cured through injection within days to hrs?

Depends: It depends on the cause of vulvodynia whether it can be cured by injection and how long it takes for the injection to work. Local anesthetics can relieve the pain almost immediately but to cure vulvodynia requires addressing the cause. Hope this helps. ...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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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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How can I treat vulvodynia, bleeding, and cuts?

How can I treat vulvodynia, bleeding, and cuts?

Get a gynae exam: Vulvodynia is persistent pain around the vulva when the vulva usually looks normal and there's no obvious cause for the pain. Bleeding and cuts suggests there's another cause for your vulvar pain, other than true vulvodynia. There are quite a few possibilities. Suggest see a gynaecologist to help you sort out what's going and get the most effective treatment. Good luck! ...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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Would you be able to recommend a cream for vulvodynia that I can purchase otc?

Would you be able to recommend a cream for vulvodynia that I can purchase otc?

Calendula cream: Calendula cream is available over the counter and may be helpful in some people. Often vulvodynia is a nerve irritation problems so low dose oral medications like tricyclic antidepressants and gabapentin are often more helpful than creams. Also physical therapy can be very helpful if you find a physical therapist skilled in treatment of vulvodynia. ...Read more

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If my vulvodynia becomes worst only after menstruating, what could be the underlying cause of it and what should I do?

If my vulvodynia becomes worst only after menstruating, what could be the underlying cause of it and what should I do?

Stop menstruation: If the timing is such that the pain is distinctly linked to your cycle, then it might be a good experiment to stop your cycle using either the depo shot or birth control pills. This would help to sort out whether it is cycle related or related to some other cause. ...Read more

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My friend suspectas vulvodynia vestibulitis syndrome - as symptom suggest this. What can you tell me about this syndrome?

My friend suspectas vulvodynia vestibulitis syndrome - as symptom suggest this. What can you tell me about this syndrome?

Underdiagnosed: vulvodynia is a under-diagnosed cause of vaginal pain, particularly at the entrance to the vagina. it can severely affect a woman's sexual function and is somewhat difficult to treat, but if combined with physical therapy and a gynecological specialist, it can be treated ...Read more

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What is treatment for women have vulvodynia?

What is treatment for women have vulvodynia?

Treatment : There is no standard treatment for vulvodynia. Hypoallergenic skin care, estrogen cream, gabapentin, amitriptiline, physical therapy among other treatments. The most important thing is to be adequately evaluated since vulvodynia coexist with other painful conditions and all have to be treated simultaneously. ...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