Vaginal Pain and Vulvodynia - Home Remedies

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Home remedies for vaginal pain and vulvodynia

Home remedies and self-care measures for vulvodynia can bring relief for many women. Some self-care measures to relieve the pain of vulvodynia include:

  • Rinsing the area with cool water, particularly after urination and sexual activity
  • Soaking in cool or warm sitz baths
  • Using topical ice packs wrapped in a towel
  • Heating pad use, in contrast, may help some women
  • Using mild, unscented soaps and detergent
  • Using white, unscented toilet tissue
  • Wearing white cotton underwear
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothing and avoiding stockings or pantyhose
  • Avoiding pools or hot tubs with chlorinated water
  • Using a water-soluble lubricant during sexual intercourse
  • Avoiding activities such as bicycling, that put pressure on the vulvar area
  • Keeping the vulvar area dry and clean
  • Avoiding food that can make the urine more irritating to the skin of the genital area. These foods include beans, berries, nuts, and chocolate
  • Over-the-counter antihistamines can help reduce itching, particularly at night
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Comment from: Mals, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

I had terrible vaginal pain upon intercourse for years. Finally I was diagnosed with lichen sclerosis. The doctor told me to use clobetasol, but that just thins the skin and makes it worse. Now there is terrible burning and itching all the time. I am not sure what to do now.

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Comment from: Shelynn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I"ve had vulvodynia pain, off and on, for about as long as I can remember (30 years? I"m 49 now). I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia in "91 by two doctors (in case there"s a connection). I never knew what was causing this extreme itching and cutting pain in my labia, which stings most when I introduce any liquid to the area, but the symptoms of vulvodynia seem to fit best. I got so desperate the other night (waiting for obstetrician/gynecologist appointment) that I applied the kind of lidocaine with aloe that I use for sunburn. This helps some, as long as I put just a very thin layer on and only on the spots that are most painful. I"m looking for a better solution, however.

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