Genital pain for women is rather uncommon, but a recent study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found that Latinas are nearly twice as likely to suffer from vulvar pain or vulvodynia as non-Hispanic women.
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What is Vulvodynia?
Vulvodynia affects the vulva, the external female genital organs. This includes the labia, clitoris, and vaginal opening. Women suffering from vulvodynia experience pain that can be excruciating in some cases, making it impossible to tolerate even the feeling of undergarments.
Generalized vulvodynia is pain in different areas of the vulva at different times. Vulvar pain may be constant or occur every once in a while. Touch or pressure may or may not prompt it.
Vulvar vestibulitis syndrome is pain in the vestibule. This is the entrance to the vagina. Often a burning sensation, this type of vulvar pain comes on only after touch or pressure, such as during intercourse. Symptoms may include:
- Pain, which may come and go
- Aching, soreness, or throbbing