Vulvodynia and Pain 2015-07-16T10:12:57-06:00

Vulvodynia can simply be defined as vulvar discomfort, but is most commonly described as burning pain, occurring due to an infection or inflammation.

If you experience vulvodynia or vulvar pain, you are not alone. Current evidence indicates that nearly 14 million women in the U.S. will at some point in their lives experience chronic vulvar burning and pain. A localized form of vulvodynia involving the vulvar vestibule is thought to be the leading cause of painful intercourse in premenopausal women.

Vulvodynia usually can be divided into groups based on the location of the pain.

  • Generalized vulvodynia involves the entire vulva with symptoms of persistent, chronic pain that is burning, stinging or irritation.
  • Localized vulvodynia involves only specific portions of the vulva, most commonly the vestibule or inner vulva.
  • In both generalized and localized vulvodynia, the pain may be provoked or triggered by physical contact. In the case of provoked pain, common triggers include vaginal intercourse, tampon insertion and tight-fitting clothing.

    If vulvodynia or vulvar pain is getting in the way of your quality of life, please see your doctor about a referral to our Center for Vulvar Disorders.