My Symptoms

At SIWSH, we are experts at diagnosing and treating a variety of symptoms including genital itching and burning, urinary frequency and urgency, and pain during intercourse. See below for a more extensive list of symptoms and diseases.

Common Symptoms Treated

  • Sexual Pain – Pain that occurs just before, during, or after sexual intercourse
  • Dryness – Lack of vaginal moisture can occur at any age, frequently with menopause
  • Anal Itching – anal pruritus (pruritus ani) or itching around the anal opening 
  • Scar Tissue – Fibrous tissue that replaces normal tissue after an injury such as a vulvar tear
  • Sexual Dysfunction in Cancer Survivors – Might include pain with intercourse, low libido, vaginal dryness, damaged vaginal skin
  • Decreased Libido – Lack of sexual desire; might be affected by biological, psychological, and social factors
  • Vulvar Itching – Itching in the area just outside the vagina
  • Recurrent Tearing of the Vulva – Tearing of the inner or outer labia
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain – Persistent pain in the area below the belly button and out to the hips
  • Clitoral Pain – Very localized, aching pain of the clitoris; cause might be metabolic, traumatic, or unknown
  • Persistent Genital Arousal – Spontaneous, unrelenting genital arousal
  • Complications from Herpes – Includes bladder problems and rectal inflammation
  • Abnormal Growth of the Vulva – Skin growth on the outside genitalia
  • Recurrent Vaginal or Yeast Infections – Experiencing three or more infections in a year
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction – Can cause disturbance of urination and bowel movements, pain or pressure in the vagina or rectum, radiating leg pain, etc.
  • Decreased Arousal or Decreased Orgasm – Lack of a response to sexual stimulation due to physical or emotional factors
  • Incontinence – Inability to control the flow of urine


Common Diseases Treated

  • Vulvodynia – Chronic vulvar pain or pain of the labia
  • Vulvar Vestibulitis (or Vestibulodynia) – Constant severe pain of the vulva
  • Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD) – Severe pain of the vaginal entry during penetration
  • Lichen Sclerosus – Thin patchy white skin around the vulva that may result in severe scarring
  • Lichen Planus – Skin disorder that causes pain, burning, and itching; results in vaginal narrowing making intercourse painful
  • Lichen Simplex Chronicus – Itchy skin disorder often misdiagnosed as yeast infection that leads to thick brownish leathery skin
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (or Vaginismus or Levator Ani Syndrome) – Dysfunction of the layers of muscles that involve the bladder, bowel, and uterus
  • Interstitial Cystitis – Recurring pain and pressure in the bladder and surrounding pelvic region
  • Desquamative Inflammatory Vaginitis (DIV) – Inflamed vaginal lining with a greenish-yellow discharge and painful intercourse
  • Human Papilloma Virus Infection (HPV) – Genital warts that can become cancerous over time
  • Herpes and Postherpetic Neuralgia – Lingering nerve pain due to the herpes virus
  • Pudendal Neuralgia – Pain in the genitals or anal-rectal area caused by the pudendal nerve that runs through the pelvic region
  • Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD) – Spontaneous, unrelenting genital arousal with or without orgasm
  • Plasma Cell Vulvitis – Very rare chronic bright-red mucosal lesions of the area just outside of the vagina
  • Aphthous Ulcers/Behcet’s Disease – Recurrent painful ulcers on the area just outside of the vagina that are non-sexually acquired
  • Pruritus Ani– itching of the anal opening; anal pruritus
  • Pruritus Vulvae – Itching of the area just outside of the vagina; vulvar itching
  • Vulvar Granuloma Fissuratum – Recurrent tearing of the area just outside of the vagina

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