Vulvodynia is genital pain that affects the vulvar area and the entrance to the vagina. Pain may be continuous, sporadic, or only when the vulva or vaginal opening is touched, but the condition usually persists over a longer period of time.
Not only is Vulvodynia extremely unpleasant and often chronic, it can also inhibit sexual intercourse and as such become a cause of infertility.
The symptoms typically include a burning sensation, soreness, stinging, sharp pains, or irritation. The exact causes are largely unknown, but it’s generally believed that the condition can relate to a number of issues, such as genetics, autoimmune disorders, hypersensitive nerves, nutrition, allergies, eczema, pelvic floor dysfunctions, vaginal dryness, injuries, and yeast or bacterial infections.
Treatments may involve a range of practices, such as improved care for the vulva and vaginal opening, dietary changes, Sitzbaths, lifestyle changes, massage — for instance Perineal Massage, Yoni Massage, and Pelvic Floor Release Massage — medication, counseling, Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises — for instance Kegel Exercises — biofeedback, and even surgery.