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What is vulvodynia?

Itching, burning, stinging, rawness, or pain in the vulva in the absence of any known cause is called vulvodynia. Symptoms may occur in one site on the vulva or may be experienced all over the vulva; they may last for days, weeks, or even years, then disappear for a time. Tight clothes and sitting often increase the discomfort; sexual intercourse may or may not be painful. The cause of vulvodynia is unknown, but it affects about eight percent of women. It can be hard to get a proper diagnosis; if your vulva hurts, it is important to find a health care provider who is familiar with vulvodynia.

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