Treatment for vulvodynia is focused on relieving the discomfort experienced. Symptoms may be reduced by following the following general vulval care tips:
- Switch to hypoallergenic versions of products like toilet paper and laundry detergent as these products have no or limited perfume and colourings known to cause irritation.
- Avoid soap or use a soap substitute.
- Take showers instead of baths and do not use douches or talc.
- Wear cotton underwear and avoid tight-fitting trousers, pantyhose and G-strings.
- When showering avoid getting shampoo or conditioner residue on the vulval area. Alternatively, wash hair in the basin.
- Use tampons rather than sanitary pads where possible—they are less irritating to the vulva. If pads are preferred, consider using washable cloth sanitary pads. Avoid the use of panty-liners between periods.
- Avoid repeated use of over the counter anti-fungal preparations for thrush. If symptoms of thrush continue after an initial treatment women should consult their doctor as these preparations are a common cause of irritation.
- Examine your vulva on a regular basis so that you are aware of any changes that occur.
Women should also avoid constipation or a full bladder and activities that put pressure on the vulva such as bike riding or sitting for long periods.For further informaton see our Vulval Conditios fact sheet
For more information Queensland women can call the Health Information on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane). Please note that all health information provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide is subject to this disclaimer