Steps to Health
Studies have found that in some women removing the skin around the entrance to the vagina can result in a decrease in pain. The procedure is called a vestibulectomy and is performed by a gynaecologist to treat vestibulodynia.
The women who are most likely to benefit from surgery are those who are less than 50 years old, have secondary vestibulodynia and do not have any unprovoked vulvar pain or any other type of pelvic pain (eg. Endometriosis, Interstitial Cystitis).
The surgery is performed in an operating room and patients are sent home the same day of the procedure. Patients are usually able to return to normal daily living activities within 2 weeks. Patients are advised to wait for 6 weeks before attempting to put anything in the vagina. Patients often use vaginal inserts before attempting to have sexual intercourse or penetration. After the surgery some women complain of dryness at the entrance to the vagina.