Diagnosing & Treating Vulvodynia Online
When a woman is experiencing vulvar pain, it can be excruciating and unbearable. Unfortunately, there is no known cause for vulvodynia. However, researchers are working hard to uncover the causes to ultimately find better ways to treat it.
Vulvodynia affects the vulva – the external female genital organs. This includes the labia, clitoris and vaginal opening. There are two subtypes of vulvodynia:
- Localized vulvodynia – this is when the pain is localized to one area of the vulva. Usually this condition is provoked by touch or pressure, such as intercourse or sitting.
- Generalized vulvodynia – this is when there are different areas of pain at different times. This condition may be constant or occur every once in a while, but can occur out of nowhere.
You and your online doctor can help determine the severity of your vulvodynia and what type of treatment is needed, or if a referral to a specialist is required.
During a video consult on TelaCare your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to vulvodynia. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if this is needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for vulvodynia is different depending on the severity.
Options for treatment of vulvodynia may include:
- Self-care and hygiene
- Avoiding irritants
- Such as tight-fitting clothing, perfumes and dyes
- Avoiding abrasive activities
- Such as biking
- Oral and topical medications