Vulvar Vestibulitis is characterized by pain limited to the vestibule, the area surrounding the opening of the vagina. The pain of Vulvar Vestibulitis is typically present when pressure is applied to the vestibule (with sexual intercourse, tampon insertion, prolonged sitting) and is described as burning, soreness, stinging, rawness, or throbbing. Many women experience a burning sensation when urine or soaps contact the inflamed tissue.
The underlying cause of vestibulitis is chronic irritation of the vestibule. Some women are more susceptible than others. Many factors can contribute to chronic irritation including chronic dampness (sweat, urine), soaps and creams. Vestibulitis may also develop following yeast infections that were treated with topical creams.
There is a range of treatment options, depending on individual symptoms and exam findings.
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