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Genital pain refers to a medical condition characterized by painful sensations in the genital region. This can encompass various types of pain, including vulvovaginal pain (associated with female reproductive organs), penile pain, scrotal pain, testicular pain, and other genitourinary pain. The causes of genital pain can vary from benign reasons, such as hemorrhoids, to severe causes, such as cancer.
Wondering if your genital pain requires urgent medical attention? Although many instances of genital pain are mild and self-resolving, it’s crucial to seek evaluation from a pain management expert if you experience any of the following:
- Intense pain
- Pain persists for over two weeks
- Pain affects your daily activities
- Pain disrupts your sleep
- Home remedies fail to alleviate your symptoms.
What can cause genital pain without injury?
Numerous factors can lead to genital pain, and not all of them are related to physical injury or trauma. Both males and females can be affected by these causes, including:
- Anal fissure
- Bladder mucosal inflammation
- Bladder pain syndrome
- Epidermal cyst
- Epiploic appendagitis
- Genital warts
- Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome
- Kidney stone
- Levator ani syndrome
- Pelvic congestion syndrome
- Pelvic floor muscle spasm
- Proctalgia fugax
- Rectal prolapse
- Sebaceous cyst
- Sexual intercourse
- Urinary frequency
- Urinary incontinence
- Urinary tract infection
- Urinary retention
Causes unique to females include:
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Endometrial polyp
- Endometriosis of ovary
- Female genital prolapse
- Follicular cyst of ovary
- Imperforate hymen
- Intraepithelial neoplasia
- Ovarian apoplexy
- Ovarian cyst
- Ovarian torsion
- Pelvic congestion syndrome
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Sjögren syndrome
- Uterine prolapse
- Vaginal dryness
- Vesicouterine pouch
- Vaginal bleeding
- Vulvar vestibulitis
Causes unique to males include:
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia
- Chronic prostatitis
- Inguinal hernia
- Fournier’s gangrene
- Post-vasectomy pain syndrome
- Scrotal cellulitis
What are some ways to alleviate genital pain?
To alleviate genital pain, the appropriate treatment depends on various factors such as the cause of the pain, its severity, and duration, as well as the patient’s unique physiology and response to the treatment. In minor cases of genital pain, at-home treatments are typically the first line of defense and may offer relief. These treatments include:
- Proper hygiene: Maintaining good hygiene practices is crucial in preventing genital pain. Neglecting self-care can lead to bacterial overgrowth and potentially result in an infection.
- Over-the-counter medications: OTC medications are readily available in pharmacies and drugstores and are typically the first treatment for most conditions. If OTC medications fail to provide relief, other options such as prescription medication and therapies are available.
- STI prevention: Taking measures to prevent sexually transmitted infections is another essential step in preventing certain types of genital pain caused by viral and bacterial infections.
In case of worsening or persistent genital pain, it is important to seek immediate medical assistance from a doctor. The doctor may suggest the following treatment options:
- Antibiotics: If the cause of the pain is a bacterial infection, such as urinary tract infection, gonorrhea or chlamydia, the doctor will prescribe a course of antibiotics that should be taken in full even if symptoms improve before the prescription is finished.
- Other medication: Different types of topical and oral medications can be prescribed by a doctor to alleviate genital pain. For viral infections, antivirals may be prescribed.
- Referral to a specialist: If the doctor suspects a serious or syndromic cause for the genital pain, they may refer the patient to a specialist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of such conditions, such as a pain management specialist.
- Ganglion Impar Block: This is a pain relief injection used to treat pelvic, genital, perineal, and anal pain by blocking nerve pain signals from reaching the brain.
If you are currently experiencing genital pain, you can seek professional care at Ramos Center. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our genital pain treatment specialist. We have multiple locations across Florida to better serve patients from Bradenton, Sarasota, Palmetto, St. Petersburg, Laurel, Venice, Englewood, Cortez, Memphis, Port Charlotte, and Dunedin. We are eager to assist you!