Vaginal Ulcers

Vaginal Ulcers – Do I Have It?

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What are Vaginal Ulcers (vulva ulcers)?

The vulva is the outer part of a woman’s genitals. Vulvar or vaginal ulcers are sores that can appear in this region.

These sores are usually painful and can cause significant discomfort to a woman experiencing them.


Are Vaginal Ulcers the cause of vaginal pain?

There can be various causes of vaginal pain, and ulcers are one of the most common reasons why a woman experiences vaginal pain.

Ulcers can present as a single sore or multiple painful blisters around the vagina or labia region. Other causes of vaginal pain can also include factors such as infection, abscess, or even superficial abrasion or tears around the vaginal region.

What are the causes of Vaginal ulcers?

The most common cause of vaginal ulcer is due to genital herpes.

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that is passed via sexual contact. Genital herpes can be caused by either type 1 or type 2 of the herpes simplex virus. They usually present with a stinging sensation or a painful blister around the vaginal region, causing discomfort to the patient.

Other causes of vaginal ulcers can be:

  • Skin inflammation – persistent scratching can lead to broken skin which can lead to ulcers
  • Vaginal infection (bacterial or fungal) – while this may not lead to ulcers per se, they can lead to significant skin irritation and soreness which can feel similar to an ulcer.
  • Molluscum
  • Genital warts
  • Other rare but more serious causes of vaginal ulcers can include conditions such as Betchets disease or drug induced ulcers

Treatment options for Vaginal Ulcers

Treatment options for vaginal ulcers will depend on the etiology and cause of the ulcer.

  • If the cause of the ulcer is due to a herpes infection, antiviral medications will be necessary to treat the viral infection. This can be given in the form of oral medications and creams.
  • If the underlying cause is due to a bacterial infection, then antibiotics can be prescribed.

Painkillers can also be prescribed as these vaginal ulcers tend to be very painful due to the increased sensitivity of the area.

Tips to avoid and prevent the occurrence of such vaginal ulcers can include practicing safe sex with the use of a condom, especially if it’s with a partner you are not familiar with.

More importantly, it is important to seek medical attention early and get treatment in a timely manner to prevent the condition from worsening or having any potential unwanted consequences.

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