What is it about?

About one out of fifteen women suffer from chronic vulvar discomfort, mainly experienced as pain or itch, and mostly described by patients as "vaginal" discomfort. Women may experience spontaneous itch or pain or specifically suffer from pain during sexual intercourse. In this paper we report on a very particular condition causing such discomfort, which we adressed in detail, while we also aimed to draw attention to the vast number of women suffering from vulvar pain and paintful intercourse, who go often undiagnosed nor treated.

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Why is it important?

We aim for thorough patient history taking and clinical diagnosis in patients reporting debilitating vulvovaginal symptoms while not showing obvious disease signs. We further aim to explore the therapeutic potential of local (cream/ointment/gel) treatments with or without systemtic (oral) medicines.

Perspectives

For almost ten years I aimed to find a solution for patients considered to present with 'intractable' vulvar complaints. I have also been developing topical treatments for women suffering from vulvar pain, vulvar itch, and painful intercourse (mostly vulvodynia). While the case presented is more rare, and uniquely approached, it is an exemplary illustration of this negelected field in medicine.

Professor Hans Verstraelen
Ghent University

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This page is a summary of: Genitofemoral neuralgia: adding to the burden of chronic vulvar pain, Journal of Pain Research, November 2015, Dove Medical Press, DOI: 10.2147/jpr.s93107.
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