The vulvodynia survival guide: how to overcome painful vaginal symptoms & enjoy an active lifestyle

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Resource Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Paper
Author: 
Howard I. Glazer
Gae Rodke
Publisher: 
New Harbinger Publications
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Oakland, CA

Looks at ways to identify vulvodynia and avoid triggers, modify diet to reduce symptoms, find knowledgeable medical help, reduce or eliminate pain, and begin to enjoy healthy sexual relations and daily activities.

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ISBN 1572242914
WGYN.G55 2002 (CWHN Offices)
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, May 2003: Vulvodynia is a chronic vulvar discomfort or pain, characterized by burning, stinging, irritation or rawness, and painful intercourse. These symptoms are not caused by an infection or skin disease. And as with most chronic pain conditions, it can have a profound impact on a woman's quality of life, affecting her ability to engage in sexual activity and interfering with daily functioning (e.g., sitting at a desk, engaging in physical exercise, participating in social activities, etc.). These limitations can negatively affect self-image and lead to depression. To make matters worse, when it comes to vulvovaginal pain disorders, there is a true lack of knowledge in the medical community - many doctors do not yet even acknowledge the condition as a real problem with a physical component! As the authors contend, since the medical community is not yet up to speed on vulvodynia, those women who suspect they have this condition must be in the know. They present the reader with medical information and self-help solutions to identify and avoid triggers, modify diet to reduce symptoms, find knowledgeable medical help, reduce or eliminate debilitating pain, and begin to enjoy healthy sexual relations and daily activities.