Vulvodynia is described as chronic pain in the vulva without an identifiable cause. Vulvodynia is a fairly common condition that affects one in four women. The main vulvodynia symptom is pain in your genital area, which can be characterized by:
- Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
Many women with vulvodynia have a history of treatment for recurrent vaginitis or vaginal yeast infections. Some women with the condition have a history of sexual abuse. But most women with vulvodynia have no known contributing factors. Vulvodynia isn't sexually transmitted or a sign of cancer. Because it can be painful and frustrating and can inhibit sexual activity, vulvodynia can cause emotional problems. Some women experience this pain for a course of several years; some describe their pain as occurring in cycles.
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