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Disorders of the vulva are painful problems that occur on the external genitalia, which is often referred to as the vulva or labia, and not within the vagina.
Symptoms that indicate there’s a problem with the Vulva:
Pain During Intercourse
Common Causes of Vulva Problems:
Sexually Transmitted Disease
What is the Vulva?
Most women don’t know that the vulva and the vagina are two different organs. It is important to differentiate between the two, because they are each composed of different tissues and experience different problems. For instance, if a woman has a vulva problem, inserting medication into the vagina will not help the problem. If a woman suffers from a bacterial infection in the vagina, applying medication to the vulva won’t cure the problem. For a bacterial infection, medication must be inserted directly into the vagina.
Learning the anatomy of the vulva and vagina is an important step towards improving gynecological health. Women will then improve their understanding of where their pain is coming from and how to go about getting treatment to correct the problem.
Self-Help Tips for Vulva Skin Care:
Use dermatology approved detergent
Use 100% cotton menstrual pads and tampons
Urinate and rinse vulva with cool water after sexual intercourse
Before intercourse, apply a lubricant that is water soluble
Wear 100% cotton underwear
Avoid tight-fitting undergarments and pantyhose
Use mild soaps for bathing and clean the vulva with water only
Do not use vaginal wipes, deodorants or bubble baths