What does vulvodynia look like?

You might feel the pain in your entire vulvar area (generalized), or the pain might be localized to a certain area, such as the opening of your vagina (vestibule). Vulvar tissue might look slightly inflamed or swollen. More often, your vulva appears normal.

How do I cure my vulvodynia?

Lifestyle and home remedies

  1. Try cold compresses or gel packs.
  2. Soak in a sitz bath.
  3. Avoid tightfitting pantyhose and nylon underwear.
  4. Avoid hot tubs and soaking in hot baths.
  5. Don’t use deodorant tampons or pads.
  6. Avoid activities that put pressure on your vulva, such as biking or horseback riding.
  7. Wash gently.

How do you tell if something is wrong down there?

Consult your health care provider if you notice:

  1. A change in the color, odor or amount of vaginal discharge.
  2. Vaginal redness or itching.
  3. Vaginal bleeding between periods, after sex or after menopause.
  4. A mass or bulge in the vagina.
  5. Pain during intercourse.

Does bacterial vaginosis cause pain?

Although the changes of BV don’t usually cause pain or itching, they do tend to cause a discharge which can smell stronger than usual. Sometimes it smells ‘fishy’, particularly after sexual intercourse. It can be watery and greyish in colour. This can be distressing and make women feel unclean.

Is vulvodynia inside vagina?

Vulvodynia is persistent, unexplained pain in the vulva. The vulva is the female genital area including the skin surrounding the opening of the vagina. It can happen to women of all ages.

Is apple cider vinegar good for vulvodynia?

Because apple cider vinegar is acidic, it can actually worsen yeast infection symptoms when applied to the vulva or inside the vagina. Additionally, incorrectly diagnosing and treating vulvodynia as a yeast infection, can prevent patients from seeking and receiving proper medical care.

What cream can I use for vulvodynia?

Studies have shown that the use of a topically applied gabapentin cream and estrogen cream can significantly reduce pain from this condition. An effective long-term treatment is essential as vulvodynia can cause severe discomfort and affect a woman’s ability to go about normal daily activities.

How do you know if your VAG is infected?


  1. Itching and irritation in the vagina and vulva.
  2. A burning sensation, especially during intercourse or while urinating.
  3. Redness and swelling of the vulva.
  4. Vaginal pain and soreness.
  5. Vaginal rash.
  6. Thick, white, odor-free vaginal discharge with a cottage cheese appearance.
  7. Watery vaginal discharge.