Vulvodynia is a chronic condition which affects an increasing number of women; it presents currently an incidence that is higher than had previously been estimated. Regarding pathogenesis, several (hormonal, infectious, inflammatory and psychological) factors have been proposed, but vulvodynia etiology remains still unclear. This disorder is a multifactorial condition with a significant impact on the patient’s quality of life, yet is difficult to diagnose (an under-estimated/ under-recognized affection). Certain medical investigations are required in order to exclude other diseases (the diagnosis of vulvodynia being one of exclusion), but anamnesis and physical examination are essential steps in the diagnosis.
Although many therapies have been proposed, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological, a standardized therapy has not yet been established/ generally accepted. Accordingly, many therapeutic options have been studied with varying results. Vulvodynia remains a challenging disease and a multidisciplinary approach is needed to achieve satisfactory outcomes. Further studies are needed to completely understand its pathogenesis and to develop a standardized treatment.
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Georgescu, Simona Roxana; Mitran, Cristina I.; Mitran, Mădălina I.; Sârbu, Maria I.; and Tampa, Mircea
"Vulvodynia; an under-recognized disease,"
Journal of Mind and Medical Sciences:
2, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholar.valpo.edu/jmms/vol3/iss2/6