2. Symptoms

Burning and stinging are common symptoms of vulvodynia. The pain feels like throbbing and aching, and it can disappear as quickly as it came, affecting a woman's ability to do the simplest activities, including sitting. Swelling may also occur, leading to soreness and making it difficult to wash properly or tolerate diagnostic exams. Other symptoms include bladder spasms, which exacerbate pain by irritating nerves and can prompt frequent urination and weakness in the pelvic floor that may lead to decreased vaginal sensation and bowel incontinence.

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