What the Yuck: A stabbing pain... down there
July 15th, 2012
08:01 AM ET

What the Yuck: A stabbing pain... down there

Too embarrassed to ask your doctor about sex, body quirks, or the latest celeb health fad? In a regular feature and a new book, "What the Yuck?!," Health magazine medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj tackles your most personal and provocative questions. Send 'em to Dr. Raj at whattheyuck@health.com.

Q: I sometimes feel a stabbing pain down there. What could be causing it?

Remember when Charlotte's vagina was "depressed" on "Sex and the City?" She had this problem - specifically, chronic vulvar pain, also known as vulvodynia.

It's characterized by soreness, burning, or itching in the vulva, and symptoms can appear or disappear without any apparent trigger (though you may feel them during sex or even long bouts of sitting).

Not much is known about the causes, but there are several treatment options: antidepressants (which can affect your perception of pain), biofeedback (to help relax the pelvic muscles), topical creams, or, in some cases, surgery (to remove tissue involved with the condition).

Copyright Health Magazine 2011

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  1. Sarah

    I was diagnosed with vulvodynia about a year ago. My symptoms went away as soon as I switched birth control pills. My doc told me the hormones can impact the way the area heals.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Shelly

    The National Vulvodynia Association offers support to women with chronic pelvic pain including help with a physician referral and regional support contacts. For more information please go to:


    July 28, 2012 at 11:42 | Report abuse | Reply
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