Sexual dysfunction can affect women in any stage of their life. It is generally classified into disorders that can affect desire, arousal, or orgasm, and can include pain with intercourse. These symptoms are often distressing and can cause relationship strains. Fortunately, there are new medications and modalities that can be prescribed for these conditions.
There are several possible causes of pain or discomfort of the vulva, or vulvodynia, including genetic or immunological factors, hormonal factors, nerve conditions, allergic reactions or tightness of the muscles of the pelvic floor. Vulvar pain or discomfort can feel like burning, irritation or discomfort during intercourse. Through a thorough discussion and detailed examination, the underlying condition becomes clearer.
The skin of the vulva and vagina is different from the skin on the rest of a woman’s body. Because of this, it can be more sensitive to certain topical products or irritants and can be prone to different skin diseases. Chronic itching of the skin, pain in the vulva or pain with intercourse can indicate a possible underlying vulvar skin condition. Possible skin conditions include vulvar eczema, lichen sclerosus or lichen planus.
Conditions that Dr. Sarah Bedell treats:
– Lichen sclerosus
– Lichen simplex chronicus
– Lichen planus
– Plasma cell vulvitis
– Chronic yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis
– Desquamative inflammatory vaginitis
– Vulvar vestibulitis
– Hypertonic pelvic floor muscle dysfunction
– Pudendal neuralgia
– Decreased libido, arousal or orgasm
– Recurrent tearing of the vulva
If you feel that you have any of the following conditions, please make an appointment for an evaluation.