What it is, how it manifests, and can physical therapy can help.
Vulvar vestibulitis is characterized by extreme sensitivity and pain at the opening of the vagina, which significantly or completely limits ability to tolerate intercourse, or speculum or tampon insertion. Vulvar vestibulitis is very similar to vulvodynia but is more localized to the opening of the vagina, a region called the vestibule.
While there is no one single underlying cause, a combination of abnormalities of the nerves and overly tight pelvic floor muscles can lead to this condition.
Pelvic health physical therapy can help to relax and stretch the muscles that are too tight. Your physical therapist can work alongside you to develop an individualized self care program.
Mendwell is a Pelvic Health Physical Therapy clinic serving patients in Portland, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, and Tigard. Our team of specialists are passionate about helping patients improve pelvic function, relieve pain, and get back to feeling their best. Reach out to learn how we can help.