Vulvodynia is chronic pain or discomfort of the vulva (the area surrounding the outside of the vagina) that lasts for three months or longer without any evidence of other skin or gynecological causes. READ MORE

Vulvodynia: Pain Down There

Many women complain of pain around their labia, vagina and genital region, a common condition known as vulvodynia. While it can be challenging to treat, there are treatment options available.

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What Is Causing Pain During Sex?

Dryness, irritation and a tearing feeling during sex are common symptoms of vulvodynia. It may be difficult to diagnose, but it can be treated.

Menopause & Aging Well

When Sex Hurts

Many women find sex painful after menopause. This condition, called dsypareunia, has many causes and many treatments.

Sexual Health

Does Your Vagina Burn During Sex?

If your vagina burns during sex, you may have this condition.

Sexual Health

The Wonderful World of Your Microbiome

What you need to know about keeping your gut and vaginal microbiomes in balance.

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Healing My Confidence and My Skin From Chronic Yeast Infection

I thought there was something wrong with my plus-sized female body, until I learned I wasn't alone in my struggle with chronic yeast.

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When Is Vaginal Discharge Abnormal?

Most women regularly experience vaginal discharge, making it difficult to know when the discharge is a concern. Here are signs that it's time to see your health care provider.

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How Your Vagina Changes in Midlife

As you age, your vagina—due mostly to decreased estrogen levels—can become dry or irritated, which can cause pain during sex. This does not need to be the norm.

Menopause & Aging Well

Drying Up in Menopause

As the autumn air grows colder and my body continues to age, I find myself drier and drier these days. The air conditioner is in the off position and the heater is turned on, but that's not the only reason my body is drying up from top to bottom.

Menopause & Aging Well