Vaginal Pain (Vulvodynia) - Prognosis

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What is the outlook (prognosis) for vaginal pain and vulvodynia?

Vulvodynia is a chronic condition, meaning that it may persist for months to years. In other women it may come and go. While it is not associated with cancer or with any serious medical diseases, it may be a source of chronic pain and emotional discomfort.

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Comment from: jshum, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

I am 73 years old and I have vaginal pain (vulvodynia), mostly all of the time. I have tried Premarin because my doctor prescribed it, and I found that the tubes that I used for it further caused me pain. I had a stroke in 2007 and I have limited use of parts of my body. I need something to stop the pain, my doctor has only prescribed creams. I need a pill of some sort to stop the pain. I have been using over the counter medications, and they are not working.

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Comment from: LaRee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I have been experiencing vulvodynia about three years. It nearly drove me nuts. Finally I found a gynecologist who had other patients with the problem. She prescribed lidocaine ointment 5 percent. It provided relief almost immediately. I used it every time the pain started up, 5 to 7 times a day. Then after a couple months 4 times a day, and now just as needed. Some days and weeks none at all. Life is worth living again. One thing we haven't figured out is I get a flare up after eating meals. Weird, huh!

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