Vulvar vestibulitis is known to be one of the most painful conditions affecting women today. It can have far-reaching effects on your sexual life, such as pain during penetration. In extreme cases, the pain escalates and prevents you from engaging in your daily routine. However, you don’t have to suffer from Vulvar Vestibulitis in silence. At Arizona Specialised Gynecology, Dr. Joseph Brooks, MD, is more than ready to treat you and bring happiness and joy back to your sexual and social life.
Vulvar Vestibulitis Q & A
What is Vulvar Vestibulitis?
Vulvar Vestibulitis is one of the leading causes of sexual pain for many women. In most cases, this condition manifests itself as pain right at the opening of the vagina that is felt during intercourse.
When the condition progresses, you can feel the pain throughout the day, affecting your routine. The bad thing with Vulvar vestibulitis is that it continues as a vicious cycle. How? It first begins with inflammation, which causes nerves at the opening of your vagina to be more sensitive to pain. If left untreated, this condition can last for years.
What causes Vulvar Vestibulitis?
Any woman, regardless of age or being sexually active or not, can get Vulvar vestibulitis. However, some risk factors are known to increase your chances of getting the disease significantly. They include:
Having bacterial or yeast infection
Having Human Papillomavirus
Certain spermicides and lubricants
What are some of the signs and symptoms of Vulvar Vestibulitis?
The leading sign of vulvar vestibulitis is pain at the opening of the vagina, which tends to be more pronounced during sexual intercourse.
Other symptoms include;
A feeling of rawness that is aggravated by tight clothing, stress, exercise, and tampons
Irritating vaginal discharge
Small erythema spots around the opening of your vagina
How is Vulvar vestibulitis diagnosed?
When you visit Dr. Brooks with symptoms such as pain in the opening of the vagina during intercourse, the first step he will take is to look for red spots around your vagina. He will also touch different parts asking where it hurts. Afterward, he will perform further tests to ensure you do not have an infection.
With vulvar vestibulitis, the treatment is mostly based on changing a few aspects of your personal life. In this regard, Dr. Brooks might recommend different techniques to help manage the symptoms. They include:
Avoiding scented tampons or pads
Changing your detergent
Avoiding tight clothes
Soaking in a lukewarm bath with 4 to 5 tablespoons of baking soda for 10-15 minutes at least three times a day.
Pouring lukewarm water on your vulva after peeing.
Why let vulvar vestibulitis affect your sexual life? Visit Dr. Brooks at Arizona Specialized Gynecology today and restore balance to your sexual life. You can book an appointment at here.
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