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Vulvar Disorders

Summary

The vulva is the external part of a woman's genitals. Some problems you can have with the vulvar area include

  • Vaginitis or vulvovaginitis, swelling or infection of the vulva and vagina
  • Skin problems due to allergy
  • Vulvar cancer
  • Vulvodynia, or vulvar pain

Symptoms may include redness, itching, pain, or cracks in the skin. Treatment depends on the cause.

Start Here

  • (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) - PDF
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Also in
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Symptoms

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Also in

Diagnosis and Tests

  • (National Vulvodynia Association)

Prevention and Risk Factors

  • (American College of Nurse-Midwives) - PDF

Living With

  • (National Vulvodynia Association)

Specifics

  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
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  • From the National Institutes of Health Easy-to-Read (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Also in
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Clinical Trials

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)

Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

Reference Desk

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)

Find an Expert

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Also in

Children

  • (Children's Hospital Boston)

Teenagers

  • (Children's Hospital Boston)

Patient Handouts

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