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Vulvodynia Symptoms & Diagnosis


Symptoms of vulvodynia may include:

  • Pain of the vulva, which may come and go
  • Burning of the vulva
  • Stinging of the vulva
  • Irritation of the vulva
  • Rawness of the vulva


Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. Tests may include:

  • Pelvic exam
  • Tests to check for bacteria and/or yeast
  • Magnified exam, using a colposcope—visual examination of the vulva and vagina using a low-power microscope
  • Biopsy —removal of a sample of tissue for testing

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2024 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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