Vulvodynia (vulval pain)Overview


Vulvodynia is long-lasting pain in the vulva, the area around the opening of the vagina.


The main symptom of vulvodynia is pain in and around the vulva. The pain may be there all the time or it may come and go.


Treatments for vulvodynia include painkilling gels you can get from a pharmacy, stronger prescription painkillers, physiotherapy and talking therapy.


A cause for vulvodynia cannot always be found. Sometimes it’s caused by nerve damage from surgery or giving birth.

Page last reviewed: 24/05/2019
Next review due: 24/05/2022