November 27, 2015
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Vaginal Pain (Vulvodynia) (cont.)

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What is the treatment for vaginal pain and vulvodynia?

Vulvodynia can be managed both by medical treatments and self-care (home remedies). Not all treatments will be effective for every woman, and a woman may have to try different treatments to find the most effective option for her.

Medications and other medical therapies for vaginal pain and vulvodynia

Some of the medications that have been useful include:

  • Topical estrogen creams
  • Topical or local anesthetics
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Anticonvulsants (anti-seizure medications are sometimes useful in managing chronic pain)

Other medical therapies for women with severe vulvodynia include:

  • Injections of interferon or nerve blocks, in which medications are injected to reduce signaling from nerves in the affected areas
  • Biofeedback training and pelvic floor exercises have been helpful for some women.
  • Surgical removal of affected tissue can be of benefit in women with vulvodynia due to vulvar vestibulitis syndrome, a particular type of vulvodynia that is located at the area of the hymenal ring.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/31/2015


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