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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Severe Vaginal Pain

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced severe vaginal pain. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Bartholin Duct Abscess

    The Bartholin gland sits in the outer part of the vagina and produces fluid that lubricates it. A Bartholin duct abscess is caused by a blockage in the gland and a bacterial infection within the fluid that builds up.

    Rarely goes away without surgery. 2-25% recurrence for surgery and drainage

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal pain, painful sex, bump on the outer part of the vagina, painful vagina lump, small vagina lump
    Symptoms that always occur with bartholin duct abscess:
    bump on the outer part of the vagina, vaginal pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Lichen Sclerosus

    Lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown cause. It's most commonly on the genital region and occurring in women who are post menopausal.

    Can be lifelong; however, symptoms will come-and-go with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vaginal pain, painful sex, dry skin on the outside of the vagina, painful urination
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Vaginal Bruise

    A vaginal bruise occurs when the veins that carry blood from the vagina back to the heart get damaged, causing blood to build up in that area.

    Resolves with conservative treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal pain, vaginal swelling, severe genital swelling, vaginal injury
    Symptoms that always occur with vaginal bruise:
    vaginal injury, vaginal swelling
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Enlarged Bartholin Cyst

    The Bartholin gland sits in the outer part of the vagina and produces fluid that lubricates it. A Bartholin cyst is caused by a blockage in the gland and the build up of fluid behind the blockage.

    1/3rd of patients who drain the cyst will have it come back. Surgery can cure it.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    bump on the outer part of the vagina, vaginal pain, marble sized vagina lump, large vagina lump
    Symptoms that always occur with enlarged bartholin cyst:
    bump on the outer part of the vagina
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Genital Herpes

    Genital herpes is caused by a common viral infection that is sexually transmitted. The virus can lay dormant for months after exposure, causing itching and rash on the inner thighs or genitals. Some people carry the virus, but have no symptoms for their entire lives.

    Infection with herpes simplex virus cannot be cured, but there are many effective treatments to manage symptoms

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    symptoms of infection, fatigue, muscle aches, fever, penis pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Molluscum Contagiosum

    Molluscum Contagiosum is a common viral infection of the skin that usually affects young children, sexually active young adults, and patients with a weakened immune system.

    Typically resolves in 6-9 months

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with bumps or blisters, leg skin changes, skin changes on arm, head or neck skin changes, genital skin changes
    Symptoms that never occur with molluscum contagiosum:
    fever, headache
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Severe Vaginal Pain

  • Q.Have you ever had a yeast infection?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you urinate?
  • Q.Have you ever taken a course of antibiotics in your life?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?

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Severe Vaginal Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced severe vaginal pain have also experienced:

    • 9% Vaginal Itch or Burning
    • 7% Vaginal Discharge
    • 4% Vaginal Pain
  • People who have experienced severe vaginal pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 44% Less Than a Week
    • 23% Less Than a Day
    • 14% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced severe vaginal pain were most often matched with:

    • 40% Bartholin Duct Abscess
    • 30% Lichen Sclerosus
    • 30% Vaginal Bruise
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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