How Long Does Vulvodynia Last?

Pain is the most overwhelming symptom of vulvodynia.  Women with vulvodynia often describe the pain as searing, debilitating, unrelenting, or excruciating.  The pain is sometimes so bad it interferes with daily living, so of course they are going to want to know: “How long does vulvodynia last.”

What is Vulvodynia?

Vulvodynia is chronic pain around the vaginal opening that lasts for more than 3 months and has no identifiable cause.  Other symptoms of vulvodynia include itching, irritation, soreness, and pain with intercourse.

How Long Does Vulvodynia Last?

Vulvodynia is a chronic condition that can last for months or years.  Women have vulvodynia for varying periods of time, because the condition is not easily diagnosed and treated. 

Most women with vulvodynia struggle to get an accurate diagnosis because many gynecologists don’t have the necessary training, skills, or advanced diagnostic tools to properly diagnose and treat the condition.  As a result, women with vulvodynia are often misdiagnosed and treated for other gynecological conditions.  They routinely go 2 years or more without proper diagnosis or treatment.  

The experts in vaginal health care at Fowler GYN International (FGI) have successfully treated thousands of women with vulvodynia, and many of them had previously seen multiple physicians. 

FGI has been able to achieve success with treating vulvodynia, because they target the underlying cause of the condition.  This success is also due to clinical research and observation conducted over many years by Dr. R. Stuart Fowler, board-certified gynecologist of FGI. 

Through his research, Dr. Fowler discovered that the underlying etiology of vulvodynia is an altered vaginal microflora pattern.  As a result, he has helped many women get the relief they need from vulvodynia by customizing a treatment protocol to restore balance to the microflora. If you would like to learn more about vulvodynia, contact Fowler GYN International, Phoenix AZ, at, or by calling (480) 420-4001. 

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