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Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)

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NIH Vulvodynia Awareness Program

Vulvodynia is chronic discomfort or pain of the vulva, which is the area around the outside of the vagina. Vulvodynia affects women of all races and cultures and is especially common among women 20 to 50. Researchers estimate that nine to 18 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 64 may experience vulvar pain during their lifetimes.

The NIH Vulvodynia Awareness Program provides educational materials to key audiences to help women, their partners, and their health care providers better understand this complex chronic pain disorder. ORWH has supported a variety of initiatives since 2008 to expand and enhance vulvodynia awareness, including co-sponsorship of trans-NIH vulvodynia research initiatives.

With the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, ORWH continues to update and distribute materials generated by the Vulvodynia Awareness Campaign materials, a major research forum convened in 2011 to develop a vulvodynia research plan.

This page last reviewed on June 8, 2015