Vestibulitis (Vulvar)

Vestibulitis is a condition that causes redness and pain of the vestibule. Vestibulitis is an inflammation of this skin and may include all of the area around the opening of the vagina, but is most commonly seen in the lower part. Vulvar vestibulitis occurs in women of all ages. It can occur in women who are sexually active and also in women who have never been sexually active. 

Symptoms of Vestibulitis

  • Severe pain with pressure (biking, exercise, tight fitting clothes)
  • Vaginal entry such as tampon use or intercourse
  • Burning, stinging, irritation or raw sensation within the vestibular area
  • Vestibular redness
  • The urge to urinate frequently or suddenly

Causes of Vestibulitis

The exact cause is unknown, but many studies are being conducted to determine the cause of vulvar vetibulitis. The following factors have been associated with vulvar vestibulitis:

  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • Chronic yeast infections
  • Chronic bacterial infections
  • Chronic changes of pH (acid-base balance in the vagina)
  • Chronic use of chemicals/irritants such as detergents, soaps, spermicides or lubricants

*This information does not replace a provider consultation. You should schedule an appointment with your provider if you experience any of these symptoms.

*Information provided by the University of Iowa