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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Vulvodynia Sexual Problems

Vulvodynia is a sexual problem of women, it is pain and some burning sensation at the outside part of female genitals and the entrance of the vagina. It is an elusive disease, it is hard to diagnose. Gynecologists can set a diagnosis by ruling out any other health problem of the genitals. When doctors cannot find any reason behind burning, irritating pain in your genitals, you can assume that you have vulvodynia.

Awareness Is Important
It is a common sexual health issue. According to the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Health, a study conducted in 2006 suggests that about one in five women have the symptoms of vulvodynia. However, many health care providers do not know this disease. According to a 2003 study from the Harvard Medical School, over 3,000 women have visited at least three doctors with their symptoms, and 40 percent of them were not diagnosed with this condition. As a result, in 2007, The National Institutes of Health has started a campaign that should raise awareness of this problem.

Irwin Goldstein, MD, the director of San Diego Sexual Medicine, the editor in chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, says that vulvodynia is responsible for the pain that premenopausal women experience during sexual intercourse.

Vulvodynia has different subtypes and subtypes have different symptoms. Some patients experience a painful sensation only when they touch their genitals or when a penis (or a tampon) enters them. Other patients live with a chronic pain. They feel pain from wearing pants. In other cases, pain is intermittent. Some patients have felt pain from the first time a penis or a tampon penetrated her. Others developed the condition at a later stage in their lives.

The reasons behind the condition are different. Some patients have a nerve overgrowth at their genitals. Others may develop allergies that cause their symptoms. Infections like candidiasis, herpes, or human papilloma virus,  also may lead to vulvodynia. Probably the patients live with an autoimmune disorder, similar to lupus or eczema. Pelvic floor dysfunction might be another reason.
According to doctors, vulvodynia is not a psychological condition, even if its symptoms seem intangible. Health care professionals say that it is often treatable, even if full recovery is rare.
Scientists have not found the exact cause of this condition, they say it has multiple factors: genetics, immune diseases, probably it has something to do with the wrong diet habits.

Treatment includes healthy diet options, medicines, in severe cases, surgery.