Vulvodynia: A state-of-the-art consensus on definitions, diagnosis and management

Gloria A. Bachmann, Raymond Rosen, Vivian W. Finn, Wulf H. Utian, Charletta Ayers, Rosemary Basson, Yitzchak M. Binik, Candace Brown, David C. Foster, John M. Gibbons, Irwin Goldstein, Alessandra Graziottin, Hope K. Haefner, Bernard L. Harlow, Susan Kellogg Spadt, Sandra R. Leiblum, Robin M. Masheb, Barbara D. Reed, Jack D. Sobel, Christin VeasleyUrsula Wesselmann, Steven S. Witkin

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Vulvodynia is a chronic pain syndrome affecting up to 18% of the. female population. Despite its high prevalence and associated distress, the etiology, diagnosis and clinical management of the disorder have not been clearly delineated. This "white paper" describes the findings and recommendations of a consensus conference panel based on a comprehensive review of the published literature on vulvodynia in addition to expert presentations on research findings and clinical management approaches. The consensus panel also identified key topics and issues for further research, including the role of inflammatory mechanisms and genetic factors and psychosexual contributors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-456
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Consensus workshop
  • Vulvar diseases
  • Vulvodynia


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