Pain with Sex (Vulvodynia or Vestibulitis)

  • Vulvodynia is the term used to describe the sensation of burning and soreness of the vulva in the absence of any obvious skin condition or infection
  • Pain commonly occurs during sexual intercourse or when using tampons. Pain can also be present all the time
  • Although the cause is unknown, chronic inflammation from frequent thrush infections, hormonal changes, poor sexual arousal or chronic skin conditions can be a trigger for vulvodynia to occur
  • Pain with penetration of the vagina will often result in tight pelvic muscles which contribute to the pain
  • It is important to see a specialist who is experienced at assessing and managing this condition
  • There are many different treatments available and management is tailored to suit the individual. A combined approach usually works best and these include creams applied to the vulval area, referral to specialist physiotherapy, counselling or pain medication
  • Most women are very relieved just knowing that the pain is real and has a name

This page was last updated at 2:01PM on July 9, 2019.