- Labia—labia majora and labia minora
- Vaginal opening
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- Changes in the vulvar tissue
- Abnormal nerve sensation
- Pain, which may come and go
Your bodily tissues and fluids may need to be tested. This can be done with:
- Tests to check for bacteria and/or yeast
- The affected area may need to be examined closely. This can be done using a colposcope to magnify the area.
- Medicines to manage pain, such as topical anesthetics, estrogen creams, corticosteroid creams, and steroidal injection
- Medicines to manage pain and irritation, such as tricyclic antidepressants
- Other medicines
- Interferon injections
- Laser treatments
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org/For%5FPatients
National Vulvodynia Association http://www.nva.org
Women's Health.gov http://www.womenshealth.gov
Canadian Women's Health Network http://www.cwhn.ca
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
What is vulvodynia? National Vulvodynia Association website. Available at: http://www.nva.org/whatIsVulvodynia.html Accessed March 13, 2013.
Diagnosis and Management of Vulvar Skin Disorders . The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Practice Bulletin No. 93; 2008 (Reaffirmed 2010).
Vulvodynia. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/vulvodynia.html . Updated August 2010. Accessed March 13, 2013.
Vulvodynia. National Institute of Child Health & Human Development website. Available at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/vulvodynia/Pages/default.aspx . Updated November 30, 2012. Accessed March 13, 2013.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 03/2013 -
- Update Date: 00/31/2013 -