Approximately one in six women will be affected by vulvodynia at some point in their lives.
Vulvodynia, also known as vulvar dysesthesia, is chronic vulvar pain that is characterized by burning, itching, stinging or stabbing feeling around the opening of the vagina. This pain can be constant or irregular and can last for months or even years. And it can also disappear as suddenly as it started.
The exact cause of vulvodynia has not yet been determined, but there are several contributing factors, including:
- Injury to or irritation of the nerves surrounding your vulva
- Muscle spasms
- Past vaginal infections
The treatments for this disorder focus on relieving symptoms and consist of:
At UAMS, we understand that many women have concerns about gynecological health. Knowing that these matters can be awkward, we want to make it easy for you to ask for help. We protect your privacy while providing treatment by caring and compassionate specialists in a comfortable environment. Please contact us for more information on our vulvar disorder services.