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What are the symptoms of vulvodynia?

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The main symptom of vulvodynia is pain. The type of pain can be different for each woman.

Vulvodynia can cause burning, stinging, irritation, or rawness of the vulva. Some women may also have itching, aching, soreness, throbbing, or swelling. These symptoms may be caused by pressure on the vulvar area, such as during sex or when inserting a tampon. Symptoms may occur during exercise, after urinating, or even while sitting or resting.1

Pain may move around or always be in the same place. It can be constant, or it can come and go.


  1. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2011). Vulvodynia. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ 127). Washington, DC: Author. [top]

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