How to prevent Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia is a chronic pain syndrome that affects the vulvar area and occurs without an identifiable cause…

Vulvodynia is a chronic vulvar pain without an identifiable cause. Some woman feel pain in only their vulva area, while others feel pain in multiple areas.

It can affect the women of all ages, and often occurs in women who are otherwise healthy. According to a survey, 25 percent of women experience vulvar pain at some point in their lives, yet only about 2 percent seek treatment.

Prevention tips for vulvodynia :  

Here are some simple and effective tips to relieve symptoms and prevent further irritation.

Clothing and Laundry

  • Always wear cotton underwear.
  • Do not wear pantyhose (wear thigh high or knee high hose instead).
  • Double-rinse your underwear and any other clothing that comes into contact with the vulva.
  • Change your underwear daily.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes around the genital area.
  • Remove wet bathing suits and exercise clothing promptly.
  • Wear dry underwear.
  • Use dermatologically approved detergent to clean your underwear.
  • Do not use fabric softener on your undergarments.

Hygiene

  • Use a soft, white, unscented toilet paper.
  • Avoid using shampoo on your vaginal area.
  • Do not use feminine hygiene products, such as any perfumed creams or soaps.
  • Wash the vulva with cool to lukewarm water only.
  • Avoid friction or sitting for prolonged periods.
  • After a pee, rinse your vulva with water.
  • Always pee, before your bladder is full.
  • Patting your vaginal area dry after rinsing or urinating.
  • Drink at least 5 lt. water daily.
  • Drink pure water.
  • Use 100% cotton menstrual pads and tampons.
  • Change your sanitary napkin or tampons after 4 hours.
  • You may use lukewarm or cool sitz baths to relieve burning and irritation.

Physical Activities

  • Avoid the exercises that put direct pressure on the vulva such as bicycling, walking.
  • Use a frozen gel pack wrapped in a towel to relieve symptoms after exercise.
  • Enroll in an exercise class such as yoga to learn stretching and relaxation exercises.
  • Avoid swimming in highly chlorinated pools.
  • Avoid the use of hot tubs.

Sexual intercourse

  • Try to use the lubricant which is water soluble.
  • After sexual intercourse, rinse your vulva with cool water.
  • Try to avoid the use of contraceptive creams or spermicides.

Diet :

  • Avoid foods that food which make urine more irritating. This may include foods such as greens, beans, berries, chocolate, or nuts.
  • Eat healthy and balanced food diet.
  • Avoid junk foods.
  • Quit smoking

 

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