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vulvar pain

What Vulvar Pain? Types, Symptoms and Causes of Vulvar Pain

Most of the women feel pain and discomfort in the vulva at some point of time in their lives. When the pain is tenacious for more than three months and has no clear cause, it’s called vulvodynia. It’s figured that more than 16percent of women will have vulvodynia at some point in their lives. This Vulvodynia can occur at any age, but recent researches have found that women between 20 to 40 years age group are facing this problem.


what is Vulva?

The vulva is the tissue that is around the opening to the vagina which includes the outer folds of skin, called the labia majora, and the inner folds called labia minora.

Other parts include:

  • The vestibule, which begins to the vaginal opening
  • The clitoris, a highly delicate organ at the top of the vulva

Now let’s talk about

Types of Vulvar Pain

types of vulvar pain

There are four types of vulvar pain.

  • Generalized Vulvodynia – It starts instinctively. It lets general vulvar pain and can last for days, months or even years at a time.
  • Localized Vulvodynia – The pain that occurs centre around the area in the vulva. This pain usually appears and then disappears. Let’s know with an example. The pain may be at folds or lips of the vagina.
  • Cyclic Vulvitis – The pain generally tends to be serious right before monthly menstruation starts. This pain usually comes and goes with the woman’s menstrual cycle.
  • Vestibulodynia – This pain befalls at the opening or vestibule of the vagina.

Symptoms of vulvar pain

Most women with this pain come with the report as burning, stinging, or palpitating discomfort in the vaginal area. The pain is consistent at sometimes. At some other cases, it’s will feel like there is pressure in the area, that may be caused by:

  • Sex
  • Inserting a tampon
  • Sitting
  • Wearing tight, form-fitting pants

The vulvar tissue will always look healthy and normal in people with vulvar pain.

Causes of Vulvar Pain


Vulvar pain is not that much well understood. Vulvar pain is not infectious, nor it spread through sex. It’s not even a sign of cancer. Researchers have seen a link between vulvar pain and some situations and factors in some women, as follows.

  • Recurrent Yeast Infection
  • Genetic Disorder
  • Physical or sexual trauma
  • Chronic Pain Conditions
  • Allergies
  • Hormone Therapy

Effective Treatment does exist. Ask help from a Specialist Gynocologist Mrs Sarah Hussian who can assist you with the best treatment for your problem. Reach us for an appointment here.