February 27, 2020
Vulvar Pain Vulvodynia   Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments   Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine

Vulvar Pain Vulvodynia Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine


Vulvodynia is vulvar pain. For vulvodynia to be labeled chronic, it has
to be going on for over six months. Symptoms of vulvodynia include a sensation
of throbbing or burning, or some patients say a rawness in the area, that can be heightened
with intercourse specifically, or for some patients it’s heightened with prolonged sitting. There could be an underlying hormonal imbalance
that leads to vulvodynia. There could be an allergic reaction, it could
be secondary to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, there also could be a potential injury or
damage to a nerve that innervates the vulva area. An additional cause of vulvodynia could be
recurrent vaginal infections. Vulvodynia can either be constant or intermittent. It can be described as provoked or unprovoked. Provoked meaning when you touch the area there’s
pain, but if you’re not touching the area there is not pain. Vulvodynia can be generalized where the entire
vulvar hurts a patient, or it could be localized to a specific area in the vulva. So the pelvic floor musculature, which is
a sling of muscles, can have trigger points just like any other muscle in the body. It can benefit from a release of the trigger
point. Sometimes it’s myofascial release from a physical
therapist and sometimes it can be from a trigger point injection performed by a physician,
where you would like to break up the trigger point and release the tension, ultimately
increasing blood flow to the area. And blood flow is healing and provides oxygenation
and will overall make the muscles feel better.

4 thoughts on “Vulvar Pain Vulvodynia Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine

  1. I have had vulvodynia almost 30 years. It can make you crazy. My advice is to find a good pain clinic. After decades of searching I found a doctor who is wonderful. His name is Dr.
    Michael Rock. He practices at 1125 Westgate, Oak Park Il. His phone number is ( 312-809-6500. Don't listen to doctors who tell you 'It's all in your head." It is not in your head. It's a mean illness. Good luck to you.

  2. i'm glad i found this, i was trying to figure our why its happening. guess i've been sitting way too much!

  3. I think my mom has this. She says she feels like her vagina is on fire. She cant sit, stand for long. Shes just miserable. Crying for days because everything they give her does not work! Why im doing my own research. I stumbled across this and I am 100% convinced this is what she has. Its been years but the last few months have just been unbearable for her. All she does is cry and rocks and obviously beyond frustrated bc there seems to be no cure! I cant wait to show her and her doctor this! I think i may have found the soloution! Thanks! Ill be forwarding this to my mom

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