Teri Stone-Godena, CNM, MSN, is the Director of the Midwifery Faculty Practice and a lecturer in Nurse-Midwifery at the Yale School of Nursing.
Vulvar Pain Syndromes: Vestibulodynia
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
2006 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 51, Issue 6, pages 502–509, November-December 2006
How to Cite
Stone-Godena, T. (2006), Vulvar Pain Syndromes: Vestibulodynia. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 51: 502–509. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2006.08.010
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
- chronic pain;
- vulvar hygiene;
- vulvar pain
Chronic pain anywhere on the body can be debilitating and demoralizing. When the pain is associated with sexuality, it can erode self-esteem and diminish relationships. Vestibulodynia (pain in the vulvar vestibule) is poorly understood and presents a clinical challenge to the provider. Although the etiology of vestibulodynia is unclear, and randomized controlled trials of therapies are lacking, the knowledge of current theories and treatments will assist providers in caring for women with this enigmatic problem.