Vulvodynia Symptoms - Common Signs & Symptoms of Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia symptoms

The word "vulvodynia" means "painful vulva." Pain may be diffuse in nature and in the entire vulvar region. It may occur on one or both sides of the vulva, and can be burning or raw. A person suffering from vulvodynia may also suffer from painful intercourse. (see dyspareunia)

The main symptoms of vestibulodynia include pain localized in the vulvar region and burning, itchiness, stinging, rawness, and throbbing. You may also experience painful intercourse (see dyspareunia)

Pain is often characterized as constant or intermittent, it can last for hours, days, months or years.The pain may be provoked by contact with an object, such as with the insertion of a tampon or penis or even with the pressure from sitting on a bicycle seat (Provoked vestibular vestibulitis) or it may be constant, as in the case of generalized.The pain of vulvodynia may extend into the clitoris; this is referred to as clitorodynia. In addition the symptoms maybe considered primary or secondary.

In addition to pain, the vulva may appear to look inflamed or swollen (see symptoms) but at times can appear normal.

For women with clitordynia, they may experience pain localized to the clitoral area, increased discomfort with orgasm and engorgement. They may report a discomforting achiness in the clitoral area. 



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