Symptoms

Symptoms of vulvodynia may vary slightly between women in type and severity.

We list some common symptoms here:

  • Burning, chafing, feelings of rawness
  • Stinging, irritation, tearing sensations – women have described feeling knives and glass shards in their vulva
  • Soreness, throbbing, aching, or pressure
  • Itchiness (very uncommon)
  • Pain during intercourse (from mild to severe)

Vulvodynia pain is often discovered with other comorbidities:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Interstitial cystitis

Some women may also experience depression and anxiety. Vulvodynia is an invasive condition that can impact your personal and interpersonal life. Intimate relationships can be strained, particularly if the vulvodynia pain prevents a women’s enjoyment and ability to be intimate. If you are experiencing difficulty in this way, you are most certainly not alone.  

Updated 16th July 2017