Vulvodynia is a condition that causes chronic pain in the vulvar region or external female genitals. The name for this pain is an umbrella term, and there are various subtypes to this disorder that cause different symptoms and severity levels. Many women diagnosed with Vulvodynia also report sensitivity to many previously pleasurable stimuli, including sitting, wearing tight clothing, getting their hair wet or riding a bike. According to Wikipedia, “The cause is unknown”; however, treatments like compounded topical medications can be very successful at treating the patient’s symptoms.
A person suffering from Vulvodynia will typically experience pain in the vulvar region, but it may also extend into surrounding areas. Vulvodynia symptoms are so vague that they are sometimes mistaken for a yeast infection, urinary tract infection, or another condition. This mistaken identity can be frustrating when patients aren’t aware of what is wrong with them, and no treatment is available.
Women with Vulvodynia will have unique experiences, including how severe their pain is, what triggers it and how long the episodes last. There are many subtypes of this condition that may help explain these differences in severity level or experience. One type called localized provoked Vulvodynia is specific only to the labia minora; however, another type called generalized provoked Vulvodynia can affect external female genitals.
Symptoms of Vulvodynia
The main symptom of Vulvodynia is a general pain in the genital area which can be characterized as:
- Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
Your pain might be constant or occasional, and it may only occur when your sensitive areas are touched or provoked. It depends on the severity of your condition. You could experience pain in the entire vulval area, or the pain might be localized to a certain area, such as the opening of the vagina.
Your vulvar tissue might look a bit inflamed or sometimes swollen. More often, it could appear normal.
How Can Compounding Help?
Compounding medication for Vulvodynia can help when the patient has a medical history that indicates that their pain may be due to an inflammatory disorder. The compounding pharmacist can provide topical medications in cream form or formulate capsules for oral intake.
The most important thing a patient can do is be open and honest about their condition. If a patient is suffering from Vulvodynia, they must know what treatment options are available, including compounded topical medications, physiotherapy or even medication counselling. The Internet has opened up many resources for patients suffering from conditions like Vulvodynia, including message forums to connect with others who have similar experiences. Patients should ask themselves whether or not they feel comfortable speaking to their doctor about this condition. If not, there are other resources available to get questions answered.
Compounded topical medications can be very successful in treating Vulvodynia. Compounding pharmacists can provide topical medications in cream form, capsules or whatever form suits the patient. Compounding pharmacies can formulate a medicine that can contain all the ingredients the patient wants. These pharmacies have been treating many medical conditions in safer and more manageable ways.
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