How to Relieve Vulvar Pain

Are you experiencing vulvar pain but doctors can’t figure out the cause?   If the pain has become so chronic and persistent that you’re unable to sit or walk comfortably, it may be time to consult with a vulvovaginal specialist to find out how to relieve vulvar pain.  

What’s Causing Your Vulvar Pain?

Vulvar pain is very often caused by a chronic pain disorder known as vulvodynia.  Vulvodynia is characterized by pain around the opening of the vagina, which has no identifiable cause.  Other symptoms of vulvodynia include pain with intercourse stinging, burning, irritation, and discharge. 

How To Relieve Vulvar Pain?

The pain and other symptoms associated with vulvodynia are caused by an altered vaginal microflora pattern.  

The vaginal microflora is made up of a variety of microorganisms but the  ‘good’ bacteria or lactobacilli generally dominate.  Lactobacilli play a protective role in the vagina as they keep the ‘bad’ bacteria in check.  

However, if there is a shift in the bacterial milieu it can lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria.  When this occurs,  the resulting vaginal secretions that bathe the vaginal tissue can cause a variety of adverse symptoms including pain and irritation.  It’s therefore necessary to restore balance to the vaginal microflora to relieve vulvar pain.  

The experts in vaginal care at Fowler GYN International (FGI) use the advanced vaginal fluid analysis (VFA) test to analyze the constituents of the vaginal microflora.   

Depending on the results of the VFA test, a customized treatment protocol is created to restore balance to the vaginal ecosystem.  When the vaginal microflora is normal once again, the pain and other symptoms of vulvodynia will resolve.  

Patients typically see some improvement in symptoms after about 4 months on the FGI treatment protocol, but it takes about 8-12 months to achieve optimal results.

Are you experiencing chronic vulvar pain?  Contact Fowler GYN International (FGI), Phoenix, AZ for a consultation.  

You can reach them at, or by calling (480) 420-4001.  

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