Vaginal Pain or Discomfort

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By answering a series of questions, you will learn about the more likely reasons for your vaginal pain or discomfort. This guide is not intended to substitute for the in-office care and the advice of your physician.

Vaginal discomfort can occur even when there is nothing out of the ordinary that you can see or feel in the genital area.

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Some vaginal pain can be distinguished by whether or not it is made worse by sex.

Is your pain worse during sex?

Yes, my pain is worse during sex.

No, sexual activity has little effect on the pain.

Many women have vaginal pain with their periods.

Do you get vaginal pain only around the time of your period?

Yes, my vaginal pain is only around the time of my period.

No, my vaginal pain occurs at times other than close to the time of my period.

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