By the way, doctor: What can I do about vulvodynia?

Q. I've had pain and burning near the entrance to my vagina for a long time. My doctor says it's probably vulvodynia. What can you tell me about this condition? How is it treated?

A. Vulvodynia is a chronic pain syndrome affecting the vulva — the outer tissue surrounding the vagina and urethra. Women with vulvodynia describe burning, stinging, or aching pain that may occur spontaneously or be triggered by touch or activities such as sexual intercourse.

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