Some women experience painful intercourse and severe pain in the vulva that doctors often find difficult to diagnose. Many of them become frustrated and depressed because they are unable to get the help they need. So, what can be done to remedy painful intercourse.
What Can I Do To Remedy Painful Intercourse?
Painful intercourse that is accompanied by other symptoms such as itching, burning, discharge, and odor, may be caused by vulvodynia. Vulvodynia is a chronic condition that is characterized by pain at the vaginal opening and vulva. This pain often has no identifiable gynecological cause and may be constant or provoked by pressure, hence the pain during intercourse.
After years of research and clinical work, board certified gynecologist Dr. R. Stuart Fowler of Fowler GYN International, discovered that vulvodynia is caused by an altered vaginal microflora.
The pain that occurs with vulvodynia is the result of the vaginal response to an altered microflora pattern, which is indicative of a shift in the vaginal milieu. Therefore, in order to treat vulvodynia, its necessary to move the microflora towards a normal pattern.
At FGI, this process begins with an advanced vaginal fluid analysis (VFA) test which identifies the vaginal constituents. If an altered vaginal microflora pattern is confirmed, a customized treatment protocol is formulated for the patient. This typically involves a combination of medication and vaginal therapy.
The treatment protocol may be reviewed at intervals to verify that the desired improvements are being achieved. Treatment for vulvodynia can take 8-12 months, but patients can expect to see some improvement in symptoms at the 4 month mark.
Would you like to learn more about treatment for painful intercourse? Contact Fowler GYN International at www.fowlergyninternational.com, or by calling (480) 420-4001. FGI is located in Paradise Valley, AZ.