If you suffer from a stabbing or burning pain near your vagina, it has a name, and more women than you think have it.
According to one study, over 25 percent of women have experienced stabbing, burning or sharp pain about their vagina. The study report is in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
When a woman suffers stabbing, sharp or knife-like pain in the vagina, it’s called vulvodynia.
“ …vulvar pain is common, it has a name, and it can be addressed with their physicians,” points out Barbara D. Reed, M.D., M.S.P.H, professor of family medicine at the U-M Medical School, and lead study author.
What’s really alarming about vulvodynia is that, according to the women in this study, it is a very much misdiagnosed condition.
Only two percent of the women in the study sought medical attention for the symptoms, not knowing what they had. However, of these patients, only five percent were diagnosed with vulvodynia.
The misdiagnoses were those of estrogen deficiency or yeast infection. Not surprisingly, the treatments that ensued were useless—evidence supporting the misdiagnoses.
There is no known effective treatment, let alone cure, for vulvodynia, and many women with this condition suffer with stabbing or burning pain in their vagina for decades.
One thing is for sure: Vulvodynia is not “all in the head.” It is not in a woman’s imagination. It is a real, physical problem that many women have that can make intercourse impossible.
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