Vulvodynia is the chronic pain or discomfort around the opening of the vagina (vulva) for which there's no identifiable cause. The pain, burning or irritation associated with vulvodynia can make the person so uncomfortable that sitting for long periods or having sex becomes unthinkable. The condition can last for months to years.
The pain is describes as burning, soreness, stinging, rawness, itching, throbbing. It might be constant or occasional and it might occur only when the sensitive area is touched.
There are two main subtypes of vulvodynia:
- Generalized vulvodyniawhen the pain is in different areas of the vulva at different times. Vulvar pain may be constant or occur every once in a while. Touch or pressure may or may not prompt it. But this may make the pain worse.
- Localized vulvodynia when the pain is in one area of the vulva. Often a burning sensation, this type of vulvar pain is usually provoked by touch or pressure, such as intercourse or prolonged sitting.
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