About Vulvar Disorders

Vulvar disorders are conditions that cause pain in and around the genitals (vulva). This can include vulvar pain also known as vulvodynia, or vulvar dermatoses, which are skin disorders around the vulva that cause itching, burning or discomfort. The pain can be generalized, affecting different areas at different times, or localized and concentrated on one spot that will often be sensitive to pressure or touch. Some (but not all) may include visible skin conditions. Vulvar disorders may be caused by inflamed nerves, allergies, skin diseases, diabetes, infection, or the cause can be unknown. Vulvar pain can flare up with activities such as sitting on a bicycle, having sex or inserting a tampon. As many as one in ten women will experience vulvar pain during their lives, and for some, the pain can last for years.

Treatment for Vulvar Disorders at UT Health Austin

Physical examination of the vulva and other tests or screenings may be recommended to aid in proper diagnosis of your vulvar pain. Depending on the cause of your vulvar pain, a variety of treatments may be recommended as a part of your care plan including medications, physical therapy or surgical intervention. Regardless of your treatment, your care team will work with you to understand the risk and benefits and what you can expect throughout your care and recovery.

Care Team Approach

We have assembled a team of experts that includes specialized physicians and surgeons, dermatologists, pelvic floor physical therapists, associate providers, dietitians, and social workers. This team enables us to provide the right care for the right patient at the right time. For some patients, nonsurgical interventions such as lifestyle modifications, pelvic floor therapy physical therapy and medication can help improve pain and function, while surgery may be the best course of action for others. Whatever your needs, our team is here to listen and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.