Vulval & Vaginal Pain

Ongoing vulvovaginal pain can have a profound effect on one’s quality of life and relationships.

If you experience symptoms such as ongoing unexplained rawness, pain, burning or discomfort around the vulva or vagina, talk to the team at Sexual Health North in Joondalup to find out how we can help.

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Vulvo-vaginal pain syndromes (also known as vulvodynia)

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What are the symptoms of vulvodynia?

If you experience any of these symptoms, there is help and it is not “all in your head”! It is recommended you seek help from a sexual health specialist.

The symptoms may include:

  • pain when having sex
  • pain triggered when inserting tampons, or touch such as during sex
  • spontaneous pain without any identifiable triggers
  • burning, stinging or soreness of the vulva or opening of the vagina usually hours after triggers such as after touch, pressure or sexual activity
  • pain exacerbated by activities such as sitting, riding a bike, wearing tight clothing

Women who experience vulvodynia can also have problems such as interstitial cystitis, migraines, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome.

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Impact of vulval pain

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Diagnosis & management

The diagnosis and management of vaginal or vulval pain can be challenging. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to treatment but the good news is that most women do improve with treatment. Hence it is recommended that you see a healthcare provider who is highly experienced in the management of sexual health matters.

Vulvodynia is unlikely to get better on its own. Your specialist doctor at Sexual Health North will ask questions about your symptoms and perform an examination. This is important to rule out any other causes of vulvovaginal pain and also because some treatment types are only available on prescription.

The management and treatment of vulvodynia may involve other health professionals such as women’s health physiotherapists. Occasionally, and depending on the impact the condition has on your life, we may also recommend a qualified psychologist to support your recovery.

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Sexual Health North in Joondalup is a unique and specialised sexual health clinic with experienced and highly qualified specialist doctors. Because our total focus is sexual health, we have been able to expand our expertise and diagnostic skills over the years.

We also offer a unique combination of diagnosing, counselling, testing and treatment services. You will find that Sexual Health North is faithful to its mission: to offer a high-quality service in a non-judgemental, compassionate and LGBTIQ-friendly environment.

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