Vulvodynia is considered as pain, or chronic discomfort around your vaginal opening called the vulva. There is no obvious causal factor behind it, and it may last around three months. The irritation, burning, discomfort, or pain can get so severe that it makes sitting for long hours hard. What’s more, sexual activities become painful. In some people, the condition may last up to years.
Make sure to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and get them treated immediately to avoid complications.
The Signs and Symptoms of Vulvodynia
The main symptoms associated with this condition is pain around your vagina which is configured as:
- Burning or stinging
- Dyspareunia or pain having sex
The symptoms may occasionally appear at the start. It may occur as the sensitive area gets touched. Either the pain is generalized or localized in the genital area.
The Causes of Vulvodynia
The exact cause of vulvodynia is not known. However, possible factors behind the condition include:
- Irritation or injury in the nerves that surround the vulvar area
- Infections happened in the past
- Sensitive skin or allergies
- Changes in hormones
- Weakness or muscle spasms in the pelvic region that supports the bowel, bladder, and the uterus
The Treatment Options for Vulvodynia
Some doctors may prescribe tricyclic antidepressants, steroids, and anticonvulsants may help to deal with chronic pain. Also, antihistamines may alleviate itching in the body. Also, the therapy may reduce body pain as it teaches you about relaxing your pelvic muscles and controlling the response of your body to the symptoms.
Lidocaine ointment may help to provide some relief from symptoms as an anesthetic. Applying half an hour before sex can significantly alleviate discomfort. Also, women may have to take nerve-blocking injections given they have chronic and unresolvable pain.
Some patients with vulvodynia experience muscle tension in their pelvic floor that is responsible for supporting the bowel, uterus, and bladder. There are different exercises that help relax the muscles, which provide relief from the pain. In cases of vestibulodynia, one needs to do surgery to remove the affected tissue that may cause discomfort or pain.
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