How is vulvodynia diagnosed?
Vulvodynia is diagnosed by ruling out other conditions that might be causing the pain. Your doctor will ask about your medical and surgical history, where it hurts, when it hurts and how badly it hurts. An examination of the vulva area might include touching areas around the vulva with a cotton swab to evaluate the location and intensity of the pain. A pelvic exam will be completed to assess your pelvic floor muscles and help to identify any other areas of pain.
Tests might include:
- Swabs to test for infection
- Biopsy: An examination of tissue removed from the area. This test is not done routinely and is only performed if there is a lesion or abnormal exam finding.