July 7, 2015
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Vaginal Pain (Vulvodynia) (cont.)

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What diagnostic tests are used to evaluate vaginal pain and vulvodynia?

There are no specific tests that confirm vulvodynia, and the diagnosis is made based upon the characteristic symptoms. However, since vulvar and vaginal infections (yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, vaginitis) are sometimes associated with burning and itching, cultures or other diagnostic tests to rule out infections may be ordered.

How are vaginal pain and vulvodynia treated?

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 area. Biofeedback training and pelvic floor exercises have been helpful for some women. Finally, 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 7/22/2014

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/vaginal_pain_vulvodynia/article.htm

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