Vulvodynia is a chronic pain disorder that can affect a woman’s quality of life. Unfortunately, few doctors know how to diagnose and treat vulvodynia, so women with the condition are routinely misdiagnosed. As a result, they often end up feeling isolated and misunderstood. But why does vulvodynia occur?
What Is Vulvodynia?
Vulvodynia is the term used to describe persistent pain near the opening of the vagina (vulva), in the absence of any infection or skin condition. The pain may be continuous or occur in response to pressure, e.g. from sexual intercourse or from using tampons. Vulvodynia may also be accompanied by rawness, stinging, discharge, and burning.
Why Does Vulvodynia Occur?
Vulvodynia occurs because of an altered vaginal microflora pattern. The vaginal microflora refers to the numerous species of bacteria present in the vagina. The vaginal ecosystem is typically dominated by ‘good’ bacteria known as lactobacilli. Lactobacilli form a protective barrier for the vaginal mucosa, and secrete fluids that provide a defense against harmful microorganisms.
An altered vaginal microflora pattern represents a change in the bacterial milieu, due to the overgrowth of ‘bad’ bacteria. The subsequent vaginal secretions contain microbes that irritate the vestibular tissue located just inside the vagina. The irritation causes vulvodynia pain and related symptoms.
Vulvodynia can be treated by restoring balance to the vaginal microflora. Fowler GYN International (FGI) has developed the vaginal fluid analysis (VFA) test to assist with diagnosing vulvodynia. The VFA test analyzes the microbes in the vagina, to determine if there is an altered vaginal microflora pattern.
If an altered vaginal microflora is detected, FGI will formulate a customized treatment plan to restore balance to the vaginal ecosystem.
Are you experiencing symptoms of vulvodynia? Contact the experts in vaginal care at Fowler GYN International (FGI), Phoenix, AZ for a consultation. Dr Fowler is a former consultant in Gynecology at Mayo Clinic. He is board certified in Gynecology and created this organization to handle difficult vulvovaginal cases.
You can reach them at www.fowlergyninternational.com, or by calling (480) 420-4001.