Vulvodynia is persistent, unexplained pain in the vulva, which is the skin surrounding the vagina. The sensation of burning and soreness of the vulva can be continuous (unprovoked vulvodynia), or on light touch, e.g. Tampon use (provoked vulvodynia). Although the condition is persistent and without an obvious cause, there are steps which can be taken to help relieve the discomfort.
Most Common symptoms of vulvodynia
- Burning, Stinging or rawness
- Aching, soreness or throbbing
Possible causes of vulvodynia:
- Nerve injury or irritation
- Abnormal response in vulvar cells to an infection or trauma
- Muscle Spasm
- Hypersensitivity to yeast infections
- Hormonal changes
- Frequent antibiotic use.
- Wear 100% cotton underwear and loose-fitting skirts or trousers.
- Avoid scented hygiene products such as feminine wipes, bubble bath and soap
- Avoid cycling and any other activities that put prolonged pressure on the vulva.
- Avoid swimmingpools with lots of chlorine.
- Keep the vulva clean and dry.
- Try to reduce stress as high levels of stress can increase the pain of vulvodynia.
Vulvodynia is not life threatening condition, still pain in vulva can greatly affect a women’s quality of life. It can have impact on her ability to exercise, socialise and work. Severe symptoms can affect relationships.
Several clinical studies have shown that electric muscle stimulation help to reduce pain associated with vulvodynia.
TensCare SurePro PFE comes with a pain program which helps relieve pain from vulvodynia.
Reference : NHS Vulvodynia (persistent pain of the vulva) http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vulvodynia/Pages/Introduction.aspx