Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia (burning vulva syndrome, vulvar vestibular syndrome or vulvar vestibulitis) is a painful condition affecting the external genitals (vulva) of sexually active women due to inflammation of the tiny lubricating glands in the skin of the vulva. The cause is unknown, but attacks sometimes follow a vaginal thrush infection. The…

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Vulvectomy

The surgical removal of the vulva in the treatment of vulval cancer of severe lichen sclerosis is called vulvectomy. The skin of the labia minora and majora are usually removed, and sometimes the clitoris and surrounding lymph nodes are also removed (radical vulvectomy).

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Vulvar Dystrophy

Vulvar occurs in elderly women who develop dryness, scaling, pustules and sometimes lichen sclerosis of the vulva due to a prolonged lack of lubrication after the menopause.  

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Vulval Cancer

Vulval cancer is a form of skin cancer and usually takes the form of a squamous cell carcinoma, but rarely may be a form of adenocarcinoma (gland cancer) known as Paget’s disease of the vulva. It is treated by surgically removing part or all (vulvectomy) of the vulva.

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Vulva Itch

The skin surrounding the external female genitals, the vulva, is very sensitive because it is designed to respond to sexual stimulation. This sensitivity can easily lead to vulva itch as a result of various stimulations outside of sex. It is also situated in a part of the body that generates…

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Vaginal Ultrasound

A vaginal (or transvaginal) ultrasound is used to examine the structures in a woman’s pelvis in great detail. The ultrasound probe, which is about the size of a finger, is introduced into the vagina and generates the sound wave that is detected by the receiving equipment. There is no pain,…

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Vaginal Speculum

In order to see the inside of the vagina a bivalve vaginal speculum is used. The speculum can be made of metal or plastic and has two blades that are at right angles to its handle. The blades are inserted closed together but once in the vagina they are opened…

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Vaginal Ring

A vaginal ring may be used to support a uterus that is prolapsing (falling down the vagina), particularly in elderly women who are not suitable for surgery. The firm rubber or plastic ring is inserted by a doctor high into the vagina and left there long term to support the…

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