What is vulvodynia and how women can treat this painful condition


TOM:IT’S A CHRONIC AND PAINFUL CONDITION THAT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO DIAGNOSE AND TREAT.IN FACT, MANY WOMEN — GO UNDIAGNOSED FOR YEARS.2-TOM: SO, JOINING US NOW TO TALK MORE ABOUT VULVODYNIA… DOCTOR TERESA REED WITH THE U-T HEALTH AUSTIN WOMEN’S HEALTH INSTITUTE.WHAT IS VULVODYNIA?VULVODYNIA CAN BE SO UNCOMFORTABLE THAT SOME ACTIVITIES CAN FEEL UNBEARABLE, SUCH AS SITTING FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME OR HAVING SEX. CAN A WOMAN HAVE IT HER WHOLE LIFE?SYMPTOMS INCLUDE BURNING AND RAWNESS IN THE GENITAL AREA. PAIN MAY BE CONSTANT OR OCCASIONAL AND CAN LAST FOR MONTHS OR EVEN YEARS, THEN VANISH AS SUDDENLY AS IT STARTED.WHAT CAN BE DONE TO TREAT OR HELP WITH SYMPTOMS? TREATMENT INCLUDES AVOIDING IRRITANTS SUCH AS TIGHT-FITTING CLOTHING, PERFUMES, AND DYES. ABRASIVE ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS BIKING, SHOULD ALSO BE AVOIDED. OTHER TREATMENTS INCLUDE ORAL AND TOPICAL MEDICATIONS AND BIOFEEDBACK THERAPY. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN SUFFERING FROM IT? TOM:KXAN IS COMMITTED TO HELPING YOU LEARN ABOUT YOUR HEALTH, ALONG WITH OUR PARTNER, THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION. FOR RESOURCES AND EASY TIPS TO LIVE HEALTHIER, GO TO KXAN.COM AND CLICK ON

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