The female vagina is one that was previously shrouded in mystery but medical advancement has now made a lot of information regarding it available.
The vagina is a body part that doesn’t require high maintenance given the fact that it cleans itself out naturally. Despite this fact however, some women still face an array of problems when it comes to the vagina. Recent research has shown that a sizable percentage of women face some kind of vaginal disorders which have been known to cause extreme pain and discomfort in sufferers. These rare conditions make certain day to day activities such as sitting down and having sex extremely difficult.
Moreover, a lot of medical practitioners have no idea the specific cause of these conditions which makes treatment quite dodgy at times. Here are five vaginal disorders that cause extreme pain in women that you probably have never heard about.
Clenched Muscles (vaginismus)
This condition is known as vaginismus and the sufferer feels involuntary tightening of the muscles in her pelvic floor. These muscles control the vagina. The clenching of the pelvic floor muscles can trigger muscles spasms which can be very uncomfortable and painful. The cause of this condition is not completely clear but has been linked to anxiety or psychological stress from sexual abuse. This condition can be treated with Kegel exercises which tighten pelvic floor muscles. It can also be treated by inserting plastic dilators from a physician which can be inserted into the vagina regularly to aid the relaxation of the muscles of the pelvic floor.
Development of a lump in your labia can occur as a result of cysts in the Bartholin’s gland present in the vagina. Each outer side of the vagina contains Bartholin’s gland which lubricates the outer end of the vagina. However, the gland ducts of this gland may become clogged and blocked which allows fluids to build up in the duct and then would trigger a lump. The worrying part of this however is when the clogged duct becomes infected which may turn into an absess. The lump is usually tender and painful and is characterised by fever and chills. Cysts formation can be uncomfortable but is usually devoid of pain but when an abscess is formed, it is usually very painful. Antibiotics are required to prevent infection after the abscess has been drained. There are no holistic methods of preventing cyst formation but once the abscess is removed, there is a reduced chance of re-occurrence.
The formation of white plaques is as a result of a reduction in the oestrogen levels which occurs in perimepausal women in their mid to late 40s. These white plaques also known as Lichen sclerosus are formed around the skin surrounding the vagina and has been dubbed the “eczema of the vagina.” It is characterised by itching, discomfort and irritation. In extreme cases, it may prevent sex. It is usually treated with oestrogen shots administered topically or with the use of steroids. In all, visit a gynecologist for appropriate advise.
The hymen is the ring of tissue surrounding the entrance to the vagina and it usually helps to indicate virginity. It has a small hole which allows menstrual blood and other fluids to exit the body. Some women have an imperforate hymen which completely blocks the vagina. This allows different kinds of fluids to build up inside the vagina causing severe pain. It can be treated with surgery which entails partial or total removal of the hymen. This however has no effect on the ability of the lady to become pregnant or have children.
Pain Around The Vagina Mouth
This condition is known as vulvodynia and is characterised with chronic pain at the opening of the vagina. The pain as been described as an intense burning sensation without a specific known cause. The glands surrounding the vagina entrance become swollen which makes it difficult to do day to day activities such as sitting, walking, or having sex. The cause of this condition is unknown and treatment consists of relieving the symptoms. This usually consists of using medications such as antidepressants or having surgery to remove inflamed tissues around the vagina opening.