If you are a woman and have ever wondered why sex hurts, or why your genitals hurt even when you’re riding your bike or sitting in a car or wearing tight jeans, please read on. If you are a man whose partner has ever complained about her vagina or vulva hurting, or that sex was painful, also please read on.
Vulvodynia is a term that refers to vulvar pain (a vulva is the word that is used to refer to a woman’s external genitals). Information about vulvodynia and other genital pain conditions is hard to come by in mainstream media, in spite of how hard women from the National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) work to raise awareness of this important health condition that may affect as many as 15% of American women. Amazingly, the New York Times recently covered vulvodynia – something I was very excited to learn about last week. I apologize for waiting so long to share it with you.