What are the symptoms of vulvodynia?
The pain associated with vulvodynia is usually described as a burning, stinging, itching, irritating or a raw feeling. Sexual intercourse, walking, sitting or exercising can make the pain worse.
Vulvodynia usually starts suddenly and may last for months to years. Although it isn't life threatening, the pain may make you cut back on some of your normal activities. It can also make you upset or depressed. It might even cause problems in your relationship with your spouse or partner, because it can make sexual intercourse painful.
Vulvodynia and Vulvar Vestibulitis: Challenges in Diagnosis and Management by Julius F. Metts, M.D. (American Family Physician March 15, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/990315ap/1547.html)
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