Vaginal Pain: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Pain in the vagina or the female external genital organs (the vulva, which includes the labia, clitoris, and entrance to the vagina) most commonly is a result of infection. Vaginitis is another term for infection of the vagina. Yeast infection (Candida) is a particularly common form of vaginitis. Women are at increased risk for yeast vaginitis if they take antibiotics or cortisone medications, during pregnancy, and if their immune systems are suppressed by medications or disease. Vaginal pain can also be a result of injury or trauma to the vagina or vulva. Vaginal pain during sexual intercourse is referred to as dyspareunia. The medical term for vaginal pain is vulvodynia.

Depending on the cause of vaginal pain, it may be associated with

  • vaginal bleeding,
  • vaginal itching,
  • burning,
  • rawness,
  • soreness,
  • stinging, and/or
  • throbbing.

Other causes of vaginal pain

  • Bartholin's Abscesses
  • Trauma Injury

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/10/2019


The vagina includes the labia, clitoris, and uterus. See Answer

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