Sexual Health
Laboratory

Sophie Bergeron  Ph.D

« Promoting the well-being and sexual health of individuals and couples ».

What is vestibulodynia?

Vestibulodynia affects approximately 12% of women in the general population. It is characterized by pain in the vulvar vestibule, often felt at the entrance of the vagina. The pain is described by women as being a burning sensation during sexual intercourse involving vaginal penetration, but also other activities involving pressure on the vestibule (e.g., insertion of tampons, gynecological examination). Vestibulodynia may affect teenage girls and women of all ages. It may appear from the very first sexual relation, or occur after years of non-painful sexual intercourse. This problem of gynecological pain has negative consequences on the sex and love life of women affected and their partners.

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