Symptoms of Vulvar Disorder
Patients with vulvar problems commonly present with one of two symptoms; pain and itching. However, many women also describe their discomfort as burning, stinging, and rawness. While there are several disorders that can occur in the vulvar, two of the most common are vulvodynia and vulvar vestibulitis syndrome (VVS).
Vulvodynia means vulvar pain. The pain can occur when the area is touched or it can occur without touch. There are two types of vulvodynia: generalized and localized. With generalized vulvodynia, the pain occurs over a large area of the vulva. With localized vulvodynia, the pain is felt on a smaller area, such as the vestibule (the area around the opening of the vagina).
Vulvar vestibulitis syndrome (VVS) is a specific form of localized vulvodynia. In VVS, the pain is felt only in the vestibule (the area around the opening of the vagina), usually in response to touch or pressure.