Women's health discussion
forums, research news and
women's health issues.
DISCUSSION FORUMS...

Trying To Conceive

Surviving Miscarriage

Overcoming Infertility

Reproductive Health

General Health

Contraception

Pregnancy

Parenting

Babies and Toddlers

Relationships

Mental Health

Diet & Weight


ARTICLES ABOUT...

Relationships

Sexual Dysfunction

Looking Good

STDs

Men

Contraception

Reproductive Health

Conceiving

Pregnancy

Incontinence

Mental Health

Children's Health

Eating Well

Healthy Living

Supplements

Menopause

Weight Issues

Breast Cancer

Custom Search

20 September 2011
10% of women report vulvodynia

Vulvodynia, characterized by a burning, irritation, or sharp pain near the opening of the vagina, is surprisingly common, say gynecologists from the University of Michigan. The women who participated in the University's new vulvodynia survey say that sometimes, vulvar pain is so severe it makes intercourse, and even sitting for long periods of time, painful, if not impossible.

For some, vulvar pain may be caused by activities like biking, tampon use, or intercourse, and for others it can be a persisting, spontaneous pain that can persist for decades. Some women say they feel a slight discomfort, while others claim to suffer from knife-like pain. Common treatments, including topical creams, are typically directed towards alleviating symptoms and usually only provide partial pain relief.

The new study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that aside from the 9.2 percent of women who reported that they were currently experiencing vulvodynia, an additional 18 percent of women reported they have experienced symptoms of vulvodynia in the past.

Researcher Barbara D. Reed says she is concerned that many women are misdiagnosed with either yeast infections or estrogen deficiency and the subsequent treatment plans they were recommended did little to alleviate their pain.

The primary goal of the study was to gain insight on the demographics of women with vulvodynia. Based on survey responses, researchers were able to determine the ethnicities and ages of those women with vulvar discomfort, as well as the intensity of the pain they experienced. "Knowing this should make it easier for medical providers to expect to see women with this problem, and will therefore make the diagnosis earlier," Reed says.

Related:
Sexual Dysfunction
Vulvodynia Possibly A Neuropathic Disorder
Genital Pain More Common Than Previously Thought

Source: University of Michigan


Discussion Forums     About Us     Privacy
Your use of this website indicates your agreement to our terms of use.
2002 - 2013 Aphrodite Women's Health and its licensors. All rights reserved.