VULVA PAIN | VULVODYNIA
Flint • Genesee County • Burton • Fenton • Flushing • Grand Blanc
The vulva is the external part of a woman’s genitals – often mistakenly referred to as part of the vagina. Pain or discomfort in the vulva is medically called vulvodynia. It can range from mild discomfort and irritation to extreme pain that interferes with a woman’s quality of life.
Symptoms of vulvodynia may include redness, itching, pain, or cracks in the skin. There can be many causes, and obtaining an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment often requires the skill of a highly experienced physician with very specialized training.
Dr. Fellenbaum at Flint ObGyn is a nationally renowned expert on vulva pain and is the only physician in Michigan specializing in the treatment of Vulvar Diseases and Vulvodynia. He has founded Mid-Michigan Vulvar care, a subsidiary of Flint ObGyn, as the culmination of his life long research and commitment to improving the treatment of vulvodynia.
FLINT VULVODYNIA SPECIALISTS
Causes of Vulva Pain & Vulvadynia
Sometimes women struggle with painful sex without realizing its the symptom of a rare diagnosis called Vulvodynia. At Mid-Michigan Vulvar Care, a subsidiary of Flint ObGyn, we have not only a member of the National Vulvodynia Association but one of the highest contributors to its research Theodore Fellenbaum, MD.
Studies have shown that one in four women experience chronic vulvar pain their lives – yet sadly only about one in a hundred are actually treated for it. Often times women are embarrassed by their vulvar pain and suffer in silence. But our compassionate vulvodynia specialists understand your pain, are sensitive to the subject, and there to help.
Some Cause of Vulva Pain Include:
• Bacterial or fungal infections
• Skin problems due to allergy
• Hormone imbalance
• Vulvar cancer
• Lichen Sclerosus
Treating Vulvar Disease
There are numerous reasons for seeking a vulvar disease specialist. At Mid-Michigan Vulvar Care, treating the pain is only one part of managing your symptoms. Our collaborative approach at ensures that women receive full circle care, from state of the art treatment options to education.
Our clinic is one of the rare clinics that specialize in treating these conditions. For thirty years Dr. Fellenbaum has led the research of Vulvar Disease, Vulvodynia, and Colposcopy. He began his research with researching INTER-STIM use in the treatment of Refractory Vulvodynia. He also won the Dr. Stanley C. Marinoff Vulvodynia Career Development Award for “creating a community based multidisciplinary Vulvodynia and Vulvar Disease Center.
Colposcopy for Diagnosing Vulvodynia
A Colposcopy is a procedure used to view the vulva, vagina, and cervix for signs of disease. When patients get an abnormal pap smear a physician uses Colposcopy to aid in the detection of cervical cancer or other such indications of illness. We use a special magnifying device that is superior to any other Colposcopes in both hospital or private practice in Genesee County. At Mid-Michigan Vulvar Care we not only use the Colposcope to diagnose disease but educate our patients through their unique images.