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Vulvodynia is pain in the vulva that can't be explained by another health problem, such as an infection or a skin problem. The vulva is the area around the opening of your vagina.
Doctors don't know the exact cause of vulvodynia. But some things that may help cause it include:
- Swelling of or injury to the nerves of the vulva.
- Spasms or weakness of the muscles that support the organs of the pelvis.
- A family history of vulvodynia.
In most cases, vulvar pain is a symptom of some other problem. And when that problem is treated, the pain often goes away. Some conditions that may cause vulvar pain include yeast infections and other vaginal infections, atrophic vaginitis, lichen sclerosus, lichen planus, or an allergic reaction to soaps or other products, such as vaginal sprays or douches.