Chronic Gynecological Conditions - No More Silence

Psychotherapists in Warsaw published the first website about persistent vulvar pain – vulvodynia – in Polish. This condition, mostly unknown and undiagnosed in (Central) Europe, is responsible for lowering life quality of one of six woman.

Warsaw, Poland, July 11, 2008 --( The first Polish website about persistent vulvar pain – vulvodynia – opens to the public. The team of psychotherapists located in Warsaw end silence and openly write on the condition which is mostly unknown in Central Europe. The NIH funded studies conclude that vulvodynia affects one out of six woman and is commonly misdiagnosed as candida or infections.

The pain resulting from vulvodynia changes women’s life. Harvard studies shows that three out of four affected women feel they cannot control their life and 60% are unable to have a sexual relationship. Extensive information on etiology, studies, diagnosis and consequences of vulvodynia are presented to support women, their partners and families and to inform the media.

Vulvodynia is a chronic condition characterized by pain and burning in the vulva in the absence of infection or other known disease. The most commonly reported symptoms are burning, stinging, and/or rawness. Some women describe the pain as “acid being poured on their skin” or as “constant knife-like pain.” The condition varies in persistence and location. Pain may be constant or intermittent, localized or diffuse. Vulvar vestibulitis or vestibulodynia, one type of vulvodynia, refers to pain experienced primarily when pressure is applied to the vulvar vestibule, the area surrounding the vaginal opening; this pain typically occurs with sexual intercourse, tampon insertion, a gynecological exam or simply sitting.

(source: NVA)

Monika Nowak
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