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Vulvodynia. Yes, you read right… women get pain ‘down there’.


Pain in the pelvis can include pain ‘down there’ too… sometimes ‘back there’ as well! True! Just follow the path of the Pudendal Nerve and see where its extremities are…

I have cyber met many women who suffer with the awful condition called, Vulvodynia. The Pudendal Nerve branches extend to the Vulva, and so the condition is certainly ‘related’ to the whole Pelvic Chronic Pain issue. I personally relate to the condition after having extremely high sensory signals (almost maddening like I had my own Vulva stuck in a power point!!), up until an oversized pelvic ligament was found and resected. Thankfully that high sensory pain (and associated issues) ended for me there. Of course my Pudendal Nerve and I are still in a personal battle over its insistent pain tune.

But… I’ll leave my personal details there and rather concentrate on some much-needed awareness by joining my pain sisters who are out there telling their story and providing a voice to those who can’t bear to speak about this awful issue, Vulvodynia.

First up I’ll introduce a wonderful and supportive cyber friend, Vanessa Watson who lives in Perth and helps run the Pelvic Pain Support group at HOPE (Health Organization for Pudendal Education). Vanessa’s story was also recently published in The Sydney Morning Herald. You can also find us chatting on Facebook.

Secondly, Esther runs her ‘Mad Peach, living with chronic pain in the hoo-ha’ blog, and might I add with a great sense of humour. Read her account and many other accounts from her followers at: madpeach.blogspot.com.au.

And thirdly I’ll add a recent story, Privacy around private parts hurts women’s health, which went to air on the ABC’S 7:30 report last week.

It is certainly difficult to speak of this very personal pain but the more documentation and the more we share our stories, the more courage we give to our sisters to speak up. Speaking up means we share our treatments and knowledge and bring pain relief and quality of life. Silence will take us nowhere. Please share this post and related links.


  • Vanessa

    Oh Soula you are a sweetheart! I love this post- so true about speaking up. We have started the ball rolling just have to keep it going and gather women along the way holding their hands so they can also speak freely. thanks for the link to Esther’s site- fantastic too! Her latest post from Anon could have been my story…so many of us seeking answers quicker than Doctors can keep up with information- a big need to educate health professionals too 🙂 xxx

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Definitions of pain

What is Pudendal Neuralgia (PN)?
Most simply put PN is Carpal Tunnel in the pelvis/buttocks. Compression of the Pudendal Nerve occurs after trauma to the pelvis and is aggravated with pressure. The pain is often described as a toothache like pain, with spasms, sensations of tingling, numbness, or burning. It can be very debilitating.

What is Neuropathic pain?
Neuropathic pain is the result of an injury or malfunction in the peripheral or central nervous system. The pain is often triggered by an injury, but this injury may or may not involve actual damage to the nervous system. More…

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