Vaginal Pain (Vulvodynia) - Prognosis

Not ready to share? Read other Patient Comments

Have you found a remedy for your vulvodynia? How have you managed the symptoms?

Share your story with others:

MedicineNet appreciates your comment. Your comment may be displayed on the site and will always be published anonymously.Patient Comments FAQs

Enter your Comment

Tell us a bit about your background to make your comments more useful to other MedicineNet users. (Optional)

Screen Name: *

Gender of Patient: Male Female

Age Range of Patient:

I am a: Patient Caregiver

* Screen Name will appear next to the published comment. Please do not include your full name or email address.

By submitting your comment, and other materials (collectively referred to as a "Submission") to MedicineNet, you grant MedicineNet permission to use, copy, transmit, publish, display, edit and modify your Submission in connection with its Web site. MedicineNet will not pay you for your Submission. You represent that you have all rights necessary for MedicineNet to use your Submission as set forth above.

Please keep these guidelines in mind when writing your comment:

  • Please make sure you address the question asked.
  • Due to the overwhelming number of comments received, not all comments will be published.
  • When selecting comments to publish, our staff will choose those that are educational and complement the topic. Please try to stay on topic.
  • Your comment may be edited. We would typically edit comments to make them clearer and more readable. We will remove personal information such as last names, email and web addresses, and other potentially harmful information.
  • We will not notify you if your comment has been published. We suggest that you check back on the topic article regularly.
  • We do not provide medical or healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis.

Thank you for participating!

I have read and agree to abide by the MedicineNet Terms and Conditions and the MedicineNet Privacy Policy (required).

To prevent our systems from spam, please complete the following prior to submitting your comment.

Please select the black triangle:

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.

Return to Vaginal Pain

See what others are saying

Comment from: CM Wheeler, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

I have had vulvodynia for over a year and believe it was caused by nerve damage from a D&C. I had all the tests run and yet the doctors could find nothing wrong so sent me home with no help. I was in tears! My pain started with painful intercourse then burning mouth and finally burning, itching, throbbing vaginal, and sometimes anal, pain. I wear loose cotton clothing (no more tight jeans for me) and soak in very hot water with a bit of baking soda in it for 30 minutes at a time. I take primrose oil orally but may try it topically after reading how that helped others. I also have used cortisone cream, RepHresh vaginal gel and Gold Bond powder. The cortisone takes the swelling down but I was told not to use it too much because it can thin your skin. The RepHresh I use both externally and internally and have found my symptoms lessening. The Gold Bond is nice to kill that itchy feeling and keep the area dry, but I"ll warn it does burn a bit when I first put it on. It"s such a relief to know this is, and has, happened to other women!

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Jane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I am driven crazy by this vulvodynia. I had it first about 8 years ago and after many tests for bacteria etc. the doctor prescribed amitriptyline starting at 25 mg each night rising to 75 mg. After about a year on this I began to reduce the dose and finally got off it and all was fine. It reoccurred last year and this time the same treatment is doing nothing for me. In fact the symptoms are also occurring around the anus. My husband is fed up because I can"t even contemplate any sexual intimacy. The doctor suggested anesthetic gel applied before intercourse! Lovely - imagine I now need an anesthetic to have sex! And what happens to my husband I wonder! The amitriptyline leaves me with cotton mouth and a thick head each morning. Oh, my doctor also implies that my symptoms could be stress related! They are causing my stress not the other way around. In desperation I am now going to crack open some evening primrose oil capsules.

Was this comment helpful?Yes


Get the latest health and medical information delivered direct to your inbox!