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There are some many taboos that exist, especially when it comes to women and their bodies. For the longest time, women have been unaware about everything related to their sexual health and wellness. Fortunately, there are some credible influencers like Dr Niveditha Manokaran (dr_nive_untaboos on Instagram), who have been consistently trying to bust myths and educate their audiences on all the things that matter.
In her recent Instagram post, Dr Manokaran has touched upon the subject of vulvodynia. As the name suggests, this is a condition that affects the area on the outside of a woman’s genitals. It is generally accompanied by a burning and stinging sensation, as well as itchiness. In some cases, the pain goes on for more than three months, and the cause can’t really be identified.
Here’s what she writes, “Individuals with sexual pain disorders experience genital pain just before, during, or after sexual intercourse or other sexual activities that involve the clitoris, vulva, vagina, and/or perineum.”
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There are many possible causes of pain related to sex:
The leading cause in women less than 50 years has been localized provoked vulvodynia. In women above 50 years, urogenital atrophy, a symptom of menopause, is the leading cause. The lack of female hormone estrogen is what affects the vagina, urethra and bladder. That’s also because estrogen levels decline drastically after menopause.
Vulvodynia refers to the pain that is provoked by touching the vulva. There are a few specific types of vulvodynia:
– Primary vulvodynia: A woman has pain from her first experience with a tampon, speculum or sexual relations.
– Secondary vulvodynia: The pain develops after a period of comfortable sexual relations.
“There may be virtually no physical findings, or there may be areas of tenderness, increased sensitivity, or decreased sensitivity,” she adds.