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Vulvodynia is a heterogenous gynaecological condition that can have a significant impact on the physical and psychological well-being of affected women. It should be considered within the differential diagnosis in a number of gynaecological presentations, including superficial dyspareunia, apparent persistent/recurrent candidiasis and chronic vulval symptoms such as discomfort and itch. Although vulvodynia is widely considered to be an idiopathic pain syndrome, there is a growing body of research into a complex array of factors thought to play a role in its pathogenesis. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to treatment; successful management often relies upon a multimodal and multidisciplinary approach. Despite its high prevalence, vulvodynia remains a poorly recognized condition and women often experience barriers in accessing diagnosis and treatment. Promoting increased awareness of vulvodynia among clinicians and the wider public is therefore an important endeavour.

Original publication




Journal article


Medicine (United Kingdom)

Publication Date





290 - 293