Search For a Provider Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube ES View the Patient Toolkit

Did You Know?

Fibromyalgia Drug Might Help Women with Provoked Vulvodynia

Fibromyalgia Drug Might Help Women with Provoked VulvodyniaGabapentin, a drug used to treat fibromyalgia, might help women with vulvodynia, according to new research in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The study was the first to focus on gabapentin to treat vulvodynia, the authors said.

Vulvodynia refers to pain in the vulva, the external portion of a woman’s genitals. The vulva protects the internal genital organs and includes the labia majora and labia minora (sometimes called the “lips”).

Women with vulvodynia often describe the pain as stinging, burning, or itching. It might occur throughout the vulva (generalized vulvodynia) or affect one particular vulvar area (localized vulvodynia).

Women with provoked vulvodynia feel pain when the area is touched. This can occur during sexual activity, when inserting a tampon, while having a pelvic exam, or even while sitting for a long time.

The most common type of provoked vulvodynia affects the vestibule – the area around the entrance to the vagina – and is called provoked vestibulodynia.

Not surprisingly, vulvodynia can make sexual relationships difficult.

Scientists aren’t sure what causes vulvodynia, and that can make it difficult to treat. Some experts believe that it might be due to weak pelvic floor muscles or extra-sensitive nerves in the vulva. Oral and topical medications, pelvic floor physical therapy, nerve blocks, and other therapies are used to relieve symptoms.

Is gabapentin a viable treatment option? Researchers think it might be, at least for some women.

1 2 Next » (page 1 of 2)