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The vulva is the external part of a woman's genitals. Some problems you can have with the vulvar area include
- Bacterial or fungal infections
- 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.
Prevention and Risk Factors
- Vulvar Care (American College of Nurse-Midwives) - PDF
- Self-Help Tips for Vulvar Skin Care (National Vulvodynia Association)
- Bartholin Cyst (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Lichen Sclerosus (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Vulvodynia (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Also in Spanish
- Vulvodynia FAQ (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) - PDF Also in Spanish
- What Is Lichen Sclerosus? (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Also in Spanish
- Yeast Infection (Vaginal) (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: 2015 ISSVD, ISSWSH and IPPS Consensus Terminology and Classification of...
- Article: Effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Physical Therapy for Provoked Vestibulodynia:...
- Article: Why Us? Perceived Injustice is Associated With More Sexual and...
- Vulvar Disorders -- see more articles
- Vulva Anatomy (National Cancer Institute)
Find an Expert
- Labial Adhesions: A Guide for Parents (Children's Hospital Boston)
- Lichen Sclerosus (Children's Hospital Boston)