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Do This - Not That: Vulvodynia

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Things to do if you have vulvodyniaWhat can I do to help manage vulvodynia?

Because the cause of vulvodynia is unknown, treatment of this condition focuses on symptom control. You will need to work with your doctors to determine which treatment or combination of treatments may be right for you.

In addition, being able to recognize activities and triggers which may increase pain and symptoms can help you manage your condition more effectively. There are also some dietary and lifestyles changes you can make which can help decrease some of the symptoms.

Here are some recommended do’s and don’ts you can follow to help relive some of your vulvodynia pain and symptoms:


  • Keep the vulva area clean and dry.
  • Use unscented toilet paper.
  • Wear only 100% cotton panties.
  • Always rinse the vulva area after intercourse.
  • Try applying an ice pack to the vulva after sex.
  • Use warm or cold compresses.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes.
  • Sleep without underwear.
  • Use a donut pillow when sitting.
  • Only use water-soluble personal lubricants.
  • Practice relaxation techniques.
  • Try biofeedback.
  • Use a sitz bath.
  • Rinse after urinating.
  • For painful urination, urinate while sitting in some bath water.
  • Avoid heat in the vulva area.
  • Wash the vulva area gently.
  • Take care of your skin.
  • Try an antihistamine for itchiness.
  • Consider alternative therapies.
  • Try more than one type of specialist.
  • Keep your partner involved.
  • Remember intimacy is more than intercourse–be creative.
  • Consider counseling.


  • Don’t use scented or performed products in the vulva area.
  • Don’t douche.
  • Don’t use strong detergents for clothing that will touch the vulva area.
  • Don’t use fabric softener, especially on your underclothes.
  • Don’t wear pantyhose.
  • Don’t use pools or hot tubs with excessive chlorine in the water.
  • Don’t eat foods which cause irritation with urination: nuts, chocolate, berries, beans, or greens.
  • Don’t engage in activities such as biking or riding horses which cause direct pressure to the area.
  • Don’t use personal lubrications with warming features or scents.
  • Don’t wear synthetic material in the vulva area.
  • Don’t scratch the vulva skin.
  • Don’t give up.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

07-22-2015 - 03:18 PM


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