Vulvodynia is chronic pain in those areas “down there” in the vulva, which includes the labia, clitoris, and vaginal opening. In fact, an estimated 6 million women have experienced it. Since this is a new area of medicine, there are only a few experts knowledgeable enough to be able to diagnose you properly and to be able to treat vulvodynia safely and effectively, such as sexual medicine expert Dr. Somi Javaid.
The pain caused by vulvodynia can last anywhere from a few months to several years and includes life and sex inhibiting symptoms such as itching, burning, aching, soreness, and throbbing. These symptoms could take place during sex, or even during everyday activities such as riding a bike, walking or exercising. Vulvar Vestibulitis Syndrome (aka Provoked Vestibulodynia) causes pain in the vestibule, or opening, of the vulva and is usually caused by sex, tampon insertion or sitting for a prolonged period of time. Generalized Vulvodynia is a more constant, spontaneous pain caused by even the most mundane of tasks such as wearing pants, or sitting too long.
Speaking to our sexual medicine expert Dr. Somi Javaid can help to answer your questions and to get you back to your normal life. And yes, life can get back to normal – even while treating vulvodynia. A number of remedies can be discussed to treat your diagnosis, including medications, ointments, exercises, therapies and/or practices.
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