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Aust Fam Physician. 2015 Jul;44(7):460-6.

Localised provoked vestibulodynia (vulvodynia): assessment and management.

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MBBS, FAChSHM, Sexual Health Physician, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Carlton, VIC, and Action Centre, Family Planning Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.



Vulvodynia is a chronic vulvar pain condition. Localised provoked vestibulodynia (LPV) is the most common subset of vulvodynia, the hallmark symptom being pain on vaginal penetration. Young women are predominantly affected. LPV is a hidden condition that often results in distress and shame, is frequently unrecognised, and women usually see a number of health professionals before being diagnosed, which adds to their distress and confusion.


The aim of this article is to inform health providers about the assessment and management of LPV.


Diagnosis is based on history. Examination is used to support the diagnosis. Management is multidisciplinary and includes psychological, physical and pharmacological therapies. With appropriate intervention, most women can expect significant reduction in pain and improved quality of life.

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