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What Is Vulvodynia?


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What Is Vulvodynia?

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What Is Vulvodynia?

  1. 1. What Is Vulvodynia?
  2. 2. What Is Vulvodynia?  A board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, Francisco Garcini, MD, is one of the founding partners of his group practice in New Lenox, Illinois. In addition to offering the most advanced and minimally invasive gynecological surgeries available, Dr. Francisco Garcini helps women find relief for an array of bothersome and painful health issues, such as vulvodynia.
  3. 3. What Is Vulvodynia?  Vulvodynia is a condition characterized by chronic pain in the vulva , which is the external portion of the female organs and includes the vaginal opening and labia. The discomfort, which can include burning, stinging, itching, or a dull soreness, can occur occasionally or constantly and last for months or even years at a time. Even though the pain is very real, the vulva often appears normal, and, in many cases, doctors cannot pinpoint the exact cause. Many theories abound, such as past vaginal infections, sensitivity to chemicals, muscle spasms, or nerve injury.
  4. 4. What Is Vulvodynia?  This condition can impair a woman’s life in numerous ways, most notably by negatively affecting sexual relationships. The chronic pain of vulvodynia can sap all of the enjoyment out of life, as it may make even walking or sitting difficult. Many women are embarrassed to seek help, but an experienced and sympathetic gynecologist can offer self-care tips and medical treatments that are aimed at relieving symptoms. These treatments may include nerve blocks, steroids, or topical lidocaine.