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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
- Vaginitis or vulvovaginitis, swelling or infection of the vulva and vagina
- 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.
Diagnosis and Tests
- About Vulvodynia: Diagnosis (National Vulvodynia Association)
Prevention and Risk Factors
- Vulvar Care (American College of Nurse-Midwives) - PDF
- Bartholin's Cyst (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Lichen Sclerosus (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish
- Vulvodynia (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
- 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) Also in Spanish
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Topical estrogens and non-hormonal preparations for postmenopausal vulvovaginal atrophy: An EMAS...
- Article: Efficacy and safety of a new vaginal gel for the treatment...
- Article: PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY IN TREATMENT OF PATIENTS WITH PREMALIGNANT VULVAR DISEASES. FIRST...
- Vulvar Disorders -- see more articles
- Vulva Anatomy (National Cancer Institute)
Find an Expert
- Labial Adhesions: A Guide for Parents (Boston Children's Hospital)
- Lichen Sclerosus (Boston Children's Hospital)