Vulvodynia Specialist

Steven R.  Poliakoff, MD -  - Gynecologic Oncologist

Steven R. Poliakoff, MD

Gynecologic Oncologist & Gynecologist located in South Miami, FL & Miami Beach, FL

Are you experiencing unexplained pain or a burning sensation in your genital area? Have you been plagued with these symptoms for several months? You may have vulvodynia. Steven R. Poliakoff, MD, is a woman’s health expert with offices in South Miami and Miami Beach, Florida, and he can help you get relief from the discomfort caused by vulvodynia. Call the office today or request an appointment online to schedule a consultation.

Vulvodynia Q&A

What is vulvodynia?

Vulvodynia is a chronic pain condition that causes you to feel discomfort or pain around the opening of your vagina, referred to as the vulva, that has no known cause. The discomfort can last for months or years.

Doctors aren’t certain what causes vulvodynia, but you may be at greater risk of developing the chronic pain condition if you’ve injured the nerves around your vulva, you have a history of infections, or you have sensitive skin or allergies. Hormonal changes may also trigger vulvodynia.  

What are the symptoms of vulvodynia?

A burning sensation in your genital area is the most common sign of vulvodynia. Other symptoms you may experience in your genital area that may indicate vulvodynia include:

  • Pain or throbbing
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Soreness or rawness
  • Itching


You may also experience difficulty sitting for long periods of time. These symptoms often develop without any visible indications that something is wrong.

Many women with vulvodynia may also develop other health issues related to the chronic pain condition, such as depression, anxiety, or sexual dysfunction.

If you have pain in your genital area, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Poliakoff. Many women don’t talk about genital pain, but vulvodynia is a very common and treatable condition. It’s also important to get an evaluation to rule out other causes of your genital pain, such as a yeast infection, a precancerous condition, or vaginal changes due to menopause.

What treatment is available for vulvodynia?

Treatment for vulvodynia focuses on managing your symptoms, and no single treatment works for all women. Dr. Poliakoff offers many treatment options for vulvodynia and works one on one with you until you find the best solution to relieve your symptoms.

Treatment may include:

  • Medication
  • Biofeedback
  • Pelvic floor exercises


Dr. Poliakoff also offers laser therapy to treat chronic and precancerous conditions as well as MonaLisa Touch® to rejuvenate genital tissue to relieve pain and restore health.

You may also find that cold packs and sitz baths at home help you get some additional relief from your pain.

Vulvodynia is common, and it’s not something you have to live with. To get relief from your genital pain, call Dr. Poliakoff’s office today or request an appointment online.