Here at DiscovHER HEALTH, we care about treating women with VULVODYNIA.

The term ‘dynia’ simply means pain.Vulvodynia is pain in the the external female genitalia also known as the vulva.

What is Vulvodynia?

“Vulvodynia” is the term used to describe pain on the vulva. It can be generalized (affecting large areas of the vulva) or localized (affecting small areas of the vulva such as the entranceway or the clitoris). Another name for localized vulvodynia to the vaginal opening/ vulvar vestibule is vestibulodynia (previously called vestibulitis).


The term “unprovoked vulvodynia” describes a condition where the pain occurs without any trigger. Women with this condition often describe the pain as a constant burning that is present regardless of whether the area is touched or not. The term “provoked vulvodynia” refers to pain that is only present when the area is touched like during tampon insertion, sexual intercourse, or exams. Vulvodynia occurs in women of all ages.


It is unclear how often vulvodynia occurs in the general population.

The causes of vulvodynia are unknown, and most likely there are multiple causes. Some cases stem from a chronic disorder of the nerves that supply the vulva. Other cases are caused by lack of hormones to the vulvar tissue and even pelvic floor muscles that are too tight (hypertonic).

Symptoms of Vulvodynia

Women typically describe vulvodynia as a burning, aching, stinging, soreness, or rawness. Clients use terms like itching, irritation, searing, or stabbing to describe the discomfort. The areas of pain may vary from one episode to the next. Some women report constant pain; others report that the discomfort may disappear for hours, days or weeks at a time. The discomfort may prevent sexual activity for some patients, but other patients may experience little effect on sexual activity.

Vulvodynia is a clinical condition, which means that there are no laboratory tests or imaging studies that are needed to confirm the diagnosis. A cotton swab test is done to determine what areas are affected.

Q-Tip Test

A q-tip test (also called a cotton swab test) is done to diagnose vulvodynia. No speculum is required!

Your health care provider may feel that other tests are necessary; these could include swabs to rule out infections or a biopsy to exclude skin conditions.

Learn More About the Q-Tip/ Cotton Swab Test

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