Dr Jill Krapf of The Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders speaks about the causes of painful sex, why it is so hard to diagnose and treat, and tools women can leverage to properly seek support. Her passion and expertise shine through in this discussion.
Georgie Kovacs: What is vulvodynia?
Dr Jill Krapf: Vulvodynia basically translates into vulvar pain and it's fairly common. If we look at the statistics that are out there, we know that up to 20% of women between the ages of 18 to 40 have had chronic vulvar pain at one point in their lives. And by chronic, I mean a three month stint of vulvar pain or longer, and that translates to 14 million women in the United States alone. So this is not an uncommon thing. The sad thing about it is that about half of those women will seek care for the pain that they have, which is incredibly low.
We only start to see patients start to seek care if it starts to affect their relationship. A lot of women will just avoid intimacy altogether is what we see.