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    Can someone tell me what exactly Vulvodynia is and what the sypmtoms are??

    Thank you!

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    This is out of the ICN patient handbook. Hope this helps. Jolene



    An Introduction to Vulvodynia
    What is vulvodynia?
    Vulvodynia is chronic vulvar discomfort or pain, characterized by complaints of burning, stinging, irritation or rawness of the female genitalia. Burning sensations are the most common, but vulvodynia pain is highly individualized. The condition varies in persistence and location. Pain may be constant or intermittent, localized or diffuse. Vulvar vestibulitis, a type of vulvodynia refers to pain experienced only when pressure is applied to the vestibule, the area surrounding the entrance to the vagina. Vulvodynia has also occasionally been referred to as pudendal neuralgia.
    How is vulvodynia diagnosed?
    Vulvodynia is diagnosed when other causes of vulvar pain, such as active yeast infection, herpes, skin disorders, and other bacterial infections are ruled out. Upon examination, the vulvar tissue may appear inflamed and swollen or it may look perfectly normal. It is common for a woman to consult several doctors before obtaining an accurate diagnosis.

    How is vulvodynia treated?
    Currently there is no cure for vulvodynia. Treatments directed toward symptom relief include drug therapies such as tricyclic antidepressants or anticonvulsants, nerve blocks, interferon, biofeedback, and diet modification. Surgical intervention is an option for some women when more conservative treatments do not produce acceptable relief.

    Special Note: Joanne Yount, Executive Director of the Vulvar Pain Foundation, was a guest speaker on the ICN in August 1999. Read the transcript of her presentation here

    Related Resources:
    Vulvar Pain Foundation
    P.O. Drawer 177
    Graham, NC 27253
    336-226-0704
    URL: http://www.vulvarpainfoundation.org
    National Vulvodynia Association
    P.O. Box 4491
    Silver Spring, MD. 20914-4491
    301-299-0775
    URL: http://www.nva.org

    Dr. Glazers Vulvodynia.Com
    URL: http://www.vulvodynia.com
    Jolene

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