Vulvodynia is a chronic pain syndrome that affects the vulvar area with no identifiable cause, affecting women in their teen years or later on in life. There are a lot of women who refuse to talk about the great distress caused by vulvodynia or see a specialist, this genital condition affecting their ability to exercise, socialize, have intercourse or even work. To avoid having to deal with such a distressful condition, we welcome women in Coventry to Renew Skin & Health Clinic to benefit from our professional, safe and highly effective vulvodynia treatments performed under the close supervision of our Consultant specialist, Dr. Amgad R Habib, MBBCh, MSc and MRCOG. Dr Habib completed his training in Genito-Urinary Medicine in West Midlands Hospitals and has been appointed as a Consultant in GUM since 2004. His main interest is treating skin conditions in male and female genital area including warts treatment and various STIs, and specializes in vulvar painful conditions (vulvodynias and dyspareunia).

As previously mentioned, vulvodynia affects the vulva and the external genital organs, which include the vaginal opening, labia and clitoris, this condition manifesting into two main subtypes, namely: generalized vulvodynia and vulvar vestibulitis syndrome. The former refers to pain in different areas and at different times, either constantly or every once in a while, with the possibility of touch or contact to prompt it or not. The latter, refers to pain in the vestibule or the vaginal opening, which is generally triggered by touch or pressure, mostly during intercourse (also see superficial dyspareunia).

The main symptoms experienced by most women range from burning, soreness, rawness and stinging sensations to painful intercourse (superficial or deep dyspareunia) and itching. Although these symptoms may be constant or irregular for months or years, they can also cease as suddenly as they have appeared, with no apparent cause. According to our specialist Consultant, Dr. Amgad R Habib, there are several factors that may cause or trigger vulvodynia symptoms such as: hormonal changes, allergies or irritation to different substances of fabrics, hypersensitivity to yeast infections, vulvar infections or trauma, genetic factors that cause a poor vulvar response to chronic inflammation, muscle spasms, nerve injury or even history of sexual abuse.

Although the symptoms of vulvodynia are not health hazards, they still have a great negative impact on women’s lives, causing both physical and psychological distress. There is no known singular treatment for vulvodynia, although self-care and a combination of remedies may be effective in ensuring pain and discomfort relief, being highly important for women to educate themselves in this regard and about this genital condition. During the consultation for vulvodynia at Renew Skin & Health Clinic, our specialist Consultant, Dr. Amgad R Habib, will give you all the necessary details about this condition, answer all your questions and also ask a few questions himself, so he can better understand the cause and set a clear diagnosis. The best results obtained so far by Dr. Amgad R Habib were achieved by using a multidisciplinary approach, each treatment prescribed by him taking into account every small detail, such as medical or sexual history and current health condition, ongoing medication, etc. All treatments at Renew Skin & Health Clinic are customized according to the severity of your condition and your body system, as no treatment that has positive feedback in one individual can ensure the same result in another.

The previously mentioned multidisciplinary approach preferred by Dr. Amgad R Habib includes:
• self-care measures such as: avoiding potential irritant substances or fabrics, avoid activities that put pressure on the vulva, soak sessions in lukewarm water, use of water-soluble lubricants during intercourse and relaxation techniques
• chronic pain therapy, as vulvodynia also affects you emotionally
• medication: nerve blocks, topical estrogen creams, anticonvulsants, local anesthetics (lidocaine), tricyclic antidepressants or interferon injections
• physical therapy to strengthen pelvic muscles and ease muscle spasms and biofeedback for vaginal muscles relaxation
• surgery, especially in the case of vulvar vestibulitis syndrome, where the painful tissue is surgically removed.

If you are dealing with this painful and highly bothersome vulvodynia genital condition, please contact us at our Renew Skin & Health Clinic to benefit from our professional, safe and highly effective gynecological services and Dr. Amgad R Habib’s expertise in the vulvodynia treatments. If you are from Coventry please ring us at our Head Office on 01926 422454 to get further information and book your vulvodynia consultation/treatment.