Vulvodynia vul-voe-DIN-e-uh is chronic pain or discomfort around the opening of your vagina vulva for which there's no identifiable cause and which lasts at least three months. The pain, burning or irritation associated with vulvodynia can make you so uncomfortable that sitting for long periods or having sex becomes unthinkable. The condition can last for months to years. If you have vulvodynia, don't let the absence of visible signs or embarrassment about discussing the symptoms keep you from seeking help.
Back to Health A to Z. Vulvodynia is persistent, unexplained pain in the vulva. The vulva is the female genital area including the skin surrounding the opening of the vagina. Vulvodynia can become a long-term problem that's very distressing to live with, but much can be done to help relieve the pain. The main symptom is persistent pain in and around the vulva and vagina. The vulva usually looks normal.
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Why did I get it and how can I treat it? A: This disorder is still poorly understood, both by doctors and by the women who suffer from it. As one result of this common frustration — as with many chronic problems — an association has been created to try to help those who are suffering: the National Vulvodynia Association. The condition is basically diagnosed through the history given by the patient.