According to the Mayo Clinic, more than 200,000 cases of Vulvodynia are reported each year in the United States. Vulvodynia is a chronic pain that is unexplained in the area around the opening of the vagina. This can be a steady or sporadic pain. It can last for months or even years, then vanish all of sudden.
Symptoms of Vulvodynia:
- Burning and rawness in the vagina area
- Vaginal itching
- Vulval inflammation
- Vaginal dryness
- Sexual dysfunction
Avoiding irritants such as tight-fitting clothing, perfumes, and dyes may help lessen the pain. Rigorous activities, such as biking and sex should be avoided. Treatment also includes oral and topical medicines, as well as physical therapy and biofeedback therapy.
Topical medicines or injections include:
- estradiol cream
- topical anesthetics that contain lidocaine
- topical gabapentin 6% cream
- topical nitroglycerin 0.2%
Key Health Pharmacy and Compounding can work with your primary care provider for customized treatments of Vulvodynia.