For many women with vulvodynia, the condition causes immense discomfort and pain that often makes them distressed. Not to make things easier, the condition is often not recognized or told no effective treatment exists for it. Vulvodynia usually affects reproductive-aged women, but there have been many cases in which it has had its onset in the post-menopause years too. The symptoms and causes of vulvodynia had remained a mystery for over 100 years (click here).
What is vulvodynia?
Vulvodynia is a chronic condition that is characterized by intense pain and burning in the vulva, and is often accompanied by stinging and rawness. Some women experience pain that it so severe, it restricts normal activities like sitting and exercising, and can makes intercourse impossible in many cases.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosing vulvodynia is not easy, because oftentimes the pain does not have a specific trigger. The pain may be localized at the vulva or vaginal opening, or it may be generalized.
A cotton tip applicator test is the traditional method used to diagnose vulvodynia, but this method is not often the most accurate. However, at Fowler GYN International (FGI), Dr. R. Stuart Fowler utilizes advanced diagnostic tools to identify specific underlying factors found in vulvodynia patients.
With the use of these innovative techniques, FGI has been able to make a more accurate diagnosis of the condition. When the underlying cause is accurately identified, it is possible to develop a more effective treatment protocol.
Vulvodynia has traditionally been treated with topical creams and medications that impact the vulvar skin and nerves or pelvic floor muscle therapy. However, many women have been unable to find relief with these types of treatment. At FGI, offers a different approach that has proven to be successful in thousands of patients. Call FGI today at 480-420-4001, or book an appointment by going online to www.fowlergyninternational.com/contact-us.