Millions of women have vulvodynia, a disorder involving chronic pain in the vulvar region, the woman’s external genitalia. Although vulvodynia is a common condition, little is known about what factors may increase the risk of vulvodynia.
Scientists supported by the Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch aimed to learn more. Using a population-based sample of more than 900 women younger than 50 years of age, they surveyed the women to determine whether using oral contraceptives (birth control pills) increased a woman’s risk of developing vulvodynia later on.
The researchers found no evidence of any connection between using oral contraceptives and vulvodynia (PMID: 23937077).