Expert Commentary

Vulvar pain syndromes: Making the correct diagnosis


I reserve the diagnosis of pudendal neuralgia for women who have allodynia in the distribution of the pudendal nerve with severe pain on sitting, and who have exquisite tenderness when pressure is applied over the pudendal nerve (at the level of the ischial spine on vaginal examination). Typically, the vaginal sidewall on the affected side is very sensitive to light touch. I do see pudendal nerve pain after vaginal surgery when there has been some compromise of the pudendal nerve or the sacral plexus. This is typically unilateral pain.

Dr. Lonky: Thank you all. We’ll continue our discussion, with a focus on treatment.


  • Part 2: A bounty of treatment options

  • Part 3: Vestibulodynia


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