Vulvodynia is chronic pain. It occurs around the opening of the vagina in the area of your vulva (the external female genitals). Till, the exact cause of this pain is unknown but can be triggered by nerve injury, abnormal cell responses, genetic factors, infections, allergies, irritation, hormonal changes, antibiotics or muscle spasms. Vulvodynia symptoms may be constant or may come and go.
Symptoms of vulvodynia :
The main vulvodynia symptom is a pain in your genital area. The woman who suffered from this disease feels a burning, stinging, itching ( with or without pain ), irritating,or a raw feeling in the vulvar tissue, which may or may not appear inflamed. The woman may feel soreness and swelling in their vaginal area.
The pain can be either constant or occasional. The pain may occur in a fixed area or may felt in a wider area. Pain may occur around the urethra and the top of the legs and inner thighs.
Its symptoms may be worse during or after intercourse, walking, sitting, or exercising. It can happen when inserting a tampon, or when prolonged pressure is applied.
Usually the symptoms of vulvodynia last at three months. It may start suddenly, and last for months or years.
According to a survey, the woman who suffered from vulvodynia feels out of control, and unable to have sexual intercourse. They can also unable to fully enjoy their life.
Many women find ways to control the vulvar pain.
Most common symptoms :
The most common symptoms of vulvodynia are including :
- Burning in the vaginal area.
- Stinging in the vaginal area.
- Rawness in the vaginal area.
- Aching in the vaginal area.
- Soreness in the vaginal area.
- Throbbing in the vaginal area.
- Itching in the vaginal area.
- Pressure on the vaginal area
- Throbbing discomfort in the vaginal area.
- Skin changes
The patient may feel its symptoms :
- While cycling.
- When sitting.
- When inserting a tampon.
- Sexual intercourse.
- While walking.
The symptoms of vulvodynia are not life-threatening.