Vulvodynia is chronic pain in the area around the opening of your vagina for which there is no identifiable cause. The pain, burning or irritation associated with vulvodynia may make you so uncomfortable that sitting for long periods becomes unthinkable. Until recently, doctors didn’t recognize this as a real pain syndrome.
symptoms of vulvodynia
Vulvodynia pain can be in different areas of the vulva at different times. Symptoms of vulvodynia usually begin suddenly and can last from months to years. A burning pain is the single most common symptom, but some women describe it as a knife-like pain or like as acid poured on the skin. For some women, the sensitivity to touch is so extreme, that even sheets touching them hurt.
The most common symptoms of vulvodynia include:
- Burning, stinging, or rawness
- Aching, soreness, or throbbing
You may feel symptoms of vulvodynia:
- All the time or just once in awhile
- During activities such as exercise, intercourse, or walking — or even while at rest
- While bicycling, inserting tampons, or even sitting.
If you have vulvodynia, don't let the absence of visible signs or embarrassment about discussing the symptoms keep you from seeking help. Please fill out the Women's Wellness Questionnaire below and take the first step toward relief.