Vulvodynia | Causes & Risk Factors


How did I get vulvodynia?

The exact cause of vulvodynia isn't known. Some factors may include:

  • Frequent yeast infections or sexually transmitted infections
  • Chemical irritation of the external genitals (from soaps, feminine hygiene products or detergents in clothing)
  • Rashes on the genital area
  • Previous laser treatments or surgery on the external genitals
  • Nerve irritation, injury or muscle spasms in the pelvic area
  • Diabetes
  • Precancerous or cancerous conditions on the cervix


Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/00