Volvodynia is a condition that involves chronic pain and discomfort of the vulva and vaginal area. Clitorodynia is a form of vulvodynia in which the pain is concentrated in and around the clitoris.  The area may feel sore and uncomfortable much of the time or may be intensified while exercising, wearing tight clothing or having sexual intercourse.  In some patients, sitting for long periods of time and dealing with stress can worsen the symptoms.

Symptoms of Clitorodynia

Symptoms of clitorodynia mainly affect the clitoris and may include:

  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Swelling
  • Soreness

Causes of Clitorodynia

In many cases, the exact cause of clitorodynia is not known. In some cases it may be the result of:

  • Infection
  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Trauma to the clitoral area
  • Sexual abuse
  • Allergic reaction
  • Hormonal changes

Treatment for Clitorodynia

Lifestyle changes such as wearing loose-fitting clothing, physical therapy and over-the-counter pain medication may help some patients.  For those with severe or persistent symptoms, prescription medication, topical pain relievers and nerve block injections can be effective treatment methods for reducing pain.

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