The term vulvodynia (pronounced vulvo-DIN-ee-ah) means pain in the vulva – the female external genital organs. This condition is very common in women with IC.
Vulvodynia can make sex or any other activity the puts pressure on the area painful, for example, prolonged sitting, bicycle or horseback riding, inserting a tampon, or even wearing tight fitted pants.
Many treatment are available that can ease this pain and help one regain physical activity and a satisfying sex life.
Vulvodynia is diagnosed through a medical history, genital exam, and assessment of vaginal secretions. The hallmark symptom of vulvadynia is painful sensitivity to touch in the genital area.
Due to the variety of effects vulvodynia has on women, the treatment approach is multidisciplinary. Elizabeth will assess the emotional aspect as well as the physical aspect and direct a treatment plan to address your specific needs. Elizabeth works closes with outside sources such as physical therapists, dermatologist, nutritionists, and psychologists to obtain the best results for her patients.