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No Connection between Oral Contraceptives and Risk of Vulvodynia

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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).

Last Reviewed: 05/29/2014
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