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When to Meet With a Vulvovaginal Specialist

Vulvovaginal specialists specialize in the care of the vulva and the vagina, including treatments like vulvodynia and vaginitis. Vulvovaginal conditions are common, meaning many women experience them at some point in their lives. Common symptoms that indicate it’s time to visit a vulvovaginal provider include:

  • Pain
  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Throbbing
  • Abnormal Discharge

Treatments may include lifestyle changes, as well as medication options. We’ll review your medical history and ensure that you understand the condition you may be experiencing. Our team will make the process informative and judgment-free, so you can comfortably discuss your health concerns.


Vulvodynia is pain or discomfort around the vulva that lasts more than three months. This pain may make it uncomfortable to sit for long periods, and sexual intercourse may also be painful or not possible for you. Depending on your condition, the pain may be constant or occasional.

Your provider can rule out potential causes of your vulvodynia, such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or yeast infections, to determine the cause of your pain.

Vulvodynia Treatments

There are several medication treatment options, such as antidepressants, nerve blocks, or antihistamines. Physical therapy, such as pelvic floor therapy, can also help manage pain and improve your quality of life. Your provider will recommend treatment options that are personalized for you and may include a combination of approaches.


Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina, one of the most common reasons women schedule appointments with their provider other than yearly wellness checkups.

Many vaginitis conditions have similar symptoms, including itching, burning, and changes in smell and discharge from the vagina. Some of the most common vaginitis conditions include:

  • Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Yeast Infections
  • Atrophic Vaginitis
  • Trichomoniasis

Vaginitis Treatments

Treatment for vaginitis will depend on the specific condition and the plan you and your provider develop. You may receive a pill, cream, or gel to be inserted into the vagina. Complete your treatment even if symptoms resolve before the course is complete to ensure the infection disappears entirely and does not return.

If your symptoms persist, inform your provider. They may recommend an alternative treatment or suggest further testing.

Talk to Your Provider About Vulvovaginal Treatment Options

If you’re experiencing pain, itching, or discomfort near your vulva and vagina, schedule a meeting with a vulvovaginal specialist at UWH of Michigan. Our providers will address the issue and recommend treatment options suitable for you. Contact us to schedule an appointment with a vulvovaginal specialist today.