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Women's Health: What is Vulvodynia?

Ladies, this one is hard to talk about.

Only because there's so little information available on this aspect of women's health. And, it's hard to pronounce: VULVOLDYNIA

It is a continuous pain or discomfort around the vulva, or opening of the vagina. There is usually no identifiable cause and will last at least three months or longer. Because there's no identifiable cause, many women feel embarassed or ashamed to bring it up.

We're here to say, DON'T BE.

It is more common than you think. And there is effective treatment for it.

So what's it like? Maybe you have or are experiencing this.

The pain can be constant or occasional, in the entire vulvar area or in a specific spot. The main symptom is pain in the genital area that can be described as:

• Burning

• Itching

• Painful intercourse (which is called Dyspareunia and we'll cover it another time)

• Stinging

• Soreness

• Throbbing

A similar condition, Vestibulodynia, causes pain only when pressure is applied to the entrance of the vaginal opening. This is often associated with painful intercourse.

If you have been diagnosed with #vulvodynia, #vestibulodynia or dyspareunia it would be helpful to see a pelvic floor physiotherapist. Treatment strategies would include relaxation of overactive muscles, desensitization of sensitive tissues and training muscles that may be weak.

Keep in mind that infections and hormonal changes may also cause discomfort in this area. So, a visit to your family doctor or OB is always helpful.

The pain you feel isn't forever.

Reach out to a pelvic floor physiotherapist today.

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