Vulvodynia is one of the most severe forms of nerve or neuropathic pain. You may experience sharp, burning or electric shock-like pain that can occur around the vulva, labia or entrance to the vagina.
The pain can be constant, intermittent or may occur when the affected areas are touched, for instance during intercourse or tampon insertion. You may also experience hypersensitivity of the skin, making wearing underwear unbearable. There are a number of potential reversible causes for vulvodynia including local skin conditions, STD’s and early malignancy.
Diagnosis of Vulvodynia
If you are experiencing soreness, itching, burning, stinging or are suffering from pain following intercourse, you may have vulvodynia. If left untreated it can have a significant adverse impact on your quality of life including sleep disturbance, anxiety and sexual dysfunction. Rapid, accurate identification of vulvodynia is invaluable. At the London Pain Clinic we offer:
- An expert pain assessment with one of our consultant pain doctors
- A full medical history focussing on your pain
- Please be aware that if you are coming to see our Consultants regarding vulvodynia or similar conditions, our Consultants will not be undertaking an intimate, internal examination as they are able to diagnose this condition on the basis of self verbal report only.
- Any necessary local tests including ultrasound scans and local tests
- Specialist gynaecology review
- Our renowned second opinion service.
Treatment of Vulvodynia
Since every woman is affected differently, we treat patients on an individual basis. Different underlying causes of vulvodynia require different treatments. This is why it is important to seek an expert diagnosis as quickly as possible. At the London Pain Clinic we can offer:
- A full explanation of vulvodynia
- A personalised treatment plan
- Targeted therapy
- The latest antineuropathic (anti-nerve pain) medication
- Oral and topical antineuropathic medication
- Multimodal antineuropathic regimes
- Pudendal nerve blocks
- Pudendal nerve pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) treatment
- Self help techniques
- Desensitisation exercises
- Specialist pelvic physical therapy.
The right treatment starts with the right diagnosis. To begin your recovery, visit a pain specialist at the London Pain Clinic. Please call us on 020 7118 0250 or email the London Pain Clinic.