Don’t let vulval pain affect your quality of life.
Vulval pain is often caused by vulvodynia which affected women describe as a burning sensation or burning pain in and around their vulva. The vulva contains the outer part of the vagina, including the labia and clitoris.
In some cases, vulvodynia presents as vulval irritation or itch. A diagnosis of vulvodynia is only made when other—clinically identifiable—causes for the pain are ruled out.
Diagnosing vulval pain
To diagnose the cause of your vulval pain, a vulvoscopy may be useful to determine the cause of your discomfort. This involves a detailed examination and—in some cases—a biopsy.
Vulvodynia may be generalised or localised to a particular part of the vulva. In most cases there is an area associated with the most severe symptoms. If you are experiencing unusual pain or discomfort, we recommend you book a consultation with Dr Sharon Li. During a consultation, Dr Li can answer all your questions and provide the necessary care.
Diagnosing vulval pain will depend on the symptoms you present. When you speak with Dr Sharon Li she will assess the pain you’re feeling, where you’re feeling it and how it affects your day-to-day activities.
For some women, the pain or discomfort can be provoked by sitting, exercise, painful sex or wearing certain types of clothes. For other women, the pain comes on unprovoked.
Treating vulval pain
Treatment for this pain depends on the symptoms and their severity. Dr Sharon Li will carry out a careful assessment of your vulva pain to determine the method of treatment. Surgery is not always the answer. Dr Sharon Li believes in a more holistic approach to treatment, which is why she may recommend one of the following treatments:
- Laser treatments
- Pelvic floor muscle exercises.
If you are experiencing vulva pain, would like to know more, or to book an appointment, please contact Dr Sharon Li and her team today.