But then it kept happening again and again. Haugstad and Groven are not aware of a single one. Groven and Haugstad operate with the figures per cent of all women between the age of twenty and forty. But it never became comfortable.
For one of the women it was impossible to go through with sexual intercourse. According to Haugstad, vestibulodynia has been the focus of research over the past decade. One wondered if it was because she was unprepared and not relaxed enough. Vestibulodynia or vulvodynia is a prickly and burning pain that affects the vulvar area and the entry to the vagina. The researchers emphasise that culture is not the only reason why the women to talked so much about sex. One of the women in the study had been married twelve years without having been able to go through with sexual intercourse. Both in the relationship and on their own. Vestibulodynia does not yet show on blood tests. But then it kept happening again and again. The tampon consumption among women with vestibulodynia is naturally very low. They think about this a lot, some more or less all the time. But they do get better. Groven and Haugstad operate with the figures per cent of all women between the age of twenty and forty. Between per cent of women between the age of twenty and forty are affected by vestibulodynia. It is one of few qualitative studies which explores how women themselves experience their own disease. Treatment may involve muscular relaxation exercises, body awareness exercises with a physiotherapist, sexological counselling, and operation. The theory that it is caused by vaginal yeast infection has been abandoned by many researchers today. And sex became stress related. But although Haugstad has definitely met women who fit into the clever-stressed-girl stereotype, Groven emphasises that none of the eight women in the study live particularly stressful lives. The major variation concerning experiences with vestibulodynia may be one of the reasons why it is so difficult to say anything specific about how many women are affected. But it was the troublesome sex life that mostly preoccupied these women. Some studies have shown that women with vestibulodynia find it difficult to relax their pelvic floor muscle. But a combination of muscle relaxation, practicing body awareness with the help of a physiotherapist, consultations with a sexologist, or, perhaps the most drastic treatment, an operation. Not the creams prescribed by most gynaecologists and not vaginal yeast treatments. But the medical term vestibulodynia is new.
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