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Keywords:

  • allodynia;
  • chronic pain;
  • vestibulodynia;
  • vulvar hygiene;
  • vulvar pain

ABSTRACT

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.