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Friday, March 23, 2012

Vulvodynia sufferers do women feel pain in the vagina sex

Its effects can be debilitating and long lasting, and statistics show that about six million American women currently suffer from this condition. Refuge in confusion and false diagnosis, Vulvodynia is a chronic disorder characterized by the vagina and painful sensation of severe burning, inflammation, sharp and stinging pain - all of which occur in the vulva (the area covering the inner and outer labia, clitoris, urethra vaginal opening, and mons pubis).
Patients with Vulvodynia (also known as Vestibulodynia) usually between the ages of 18-25, while the lowest incidence occurs after the age of thirty-five. Symptoms will usually last for a minimum of three months, and pain may be constant, sporadically, or only occurs when the area had touched.
Women suffer discover that sex is either very annoying or completely out of question, such as wearing tight underwear / panties, tampon insertion, and participation in physical activity (such as biking, or sitting for long periods).
Unfortunately, they may have to seek a medical opinion of the professional / specialist, before receiving a correct diagnosis and treatment that works. In the past - and for some, still is today - has been difficult (if not impossible) for women who suffer this to get an accurate assessment and treatment, the diagnosis was wrong, instead of starting from a urinary tract infection, bladder disease, and allergies reaction ... for physician recommendation for a psychological evaluation! Part of this confusion can be attributed to a lack of research, health education in addition to the need for better care providers.
Possible Causes
The exact cause of this disease is still a mystery and possible causes are still under investigation, but according to a publication by the Office of Women's Health Research, what makes it even more difficult to assess Vulvodynia is the fact that, "There is no obvious infection or skin disease that can cause these symptoms. "
Also there is no definitive test for the diagnosis of the condition, but gynecologists can perform a Q-tip test in which they rub the cotton swab around the area suffered to determine the location and determine the severity of pain. Doing so will also help identify other clues, such as redness or swelling that may arise in connection with this or other conditions.
Some possible causes of Vulvodynia include:
Genetics - hypersensitivity to any inflammation or allergies can cause women's susceptibility to this condition.
Vaginal yeast - there is a theory that chronic yeast infections can affect women with vulvar pain.
Weak pelvic floor muscles - the muscles of the pelvic floor disorder can lead to tension or spasm.
Physical injury to the vagina - have a baby or a change in the architecture of sexual trauma of the pelvic floor and cause complications that lead to disease.
Treatment
No single treatment has not been pinned down to relieve and cure the symptoms of Vulvodynia. Often, women have to undergo several treatments to determine the one that works for them.
Treatment options include:
Biofeedback - is often performed by a physical therapist, the patient received assisted rehabilitation of pelvic floor muscles (through the use of probes or other instruments as it is) to restore the network and reduce pain.
Physical Therapy - One of these is a massage technique, which can release the knots in the muscles that may cause pain in the vulva. In addition, a modified form of Kegel exercises are also used to help muscles relax.
Topical estrogen cream - It can help restore elasticity to the tissues suffer.
Anesthesia - topical anesthetic creams and sprays numb (usually reserved for a mild form of the condition) is used to reduce discomfort.
Low-dose antidepressant - treatment options, a satire on the popular show 'Sex in the City', is used to dull the pain intensity, but also used for comparable pain disorders.
Surgery - Some women choose to have the affected tissue and / or the nerve removed. Although controversial, surgery is usually left to the last option until all other non-surgical options have been exhausted.
Self Care
There are several ways women can reduce the symptoms of Vulvodynia own. Strategies for coping with this condition usually involves removing the irritants that may aggravate the pain and irritation. They include: cold compresses, use unbleached toilet paper; eat foods low in oxalate (because they reduce the irritation-inducing calcium oxalate crystals found in the urine); avoid using harsh or perfumed products on the vaginal area, wear cotton underwear, avoiding pantyhose and other synthetic fabrics; eliminate fragranced detergents, drinking glasses of water a few extra per day (this will dilute the urine and lower levels of oxalate).
Final Thoughts
Doctors are not always on the lookout for symptoms of Vulvodynia - a sad why many women have said that they experienced vulvar pain is in their heads! However, growing awareness of this condition. Hopefully, funding for future research will help uncover the biological mechanisms and the role that genetics play, and providing the tools doctors need to develop an effective diagnostic criteria and options for treatment.

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