• Vulvodynia;
  • Sexual Pain;
  • Etiology


Introduction.  Vulvodynia is increasingly recognized as a cause of sexual pain.

Aim.  The goal of this Continuing Medical Education article was to provide a comprehensive review of vulvodynia including terminology, possible etiologies, and offer treatment options.

Methods.  A Medline search was conducted using several terms related to and including the terms vulvodynia, vulvar vestibulitis, vestibulodynia, and pudendal neuralgia.

Results.  A thorough review of vulvodynia.

Conclusion.  Vulvodynia most likely represents several disorders without an identifiable cause in many cases. The management of these patients requires a sensitive provider who can coordinate a multidisciplinary approach to their care. Despite the lack of large-scale, placebo-controlled trials, several new treatment options exist. Goldstein AT, and Burrows L. Vulvodynia. J Sex Med 2008;5:5–15.