- A recent study found that individuals with chronic vulvar pain conditions who reported experiencing vulvar pleasure also reported lower levels of pain-related anxiety.
- Chronic vulvar pain conditions, lasting for 3 or more months and often occurring during sexual activity, can lead to decreased sexual desire, arousal, and satisfaction.
- Despite being considered separate experiences, there is interplay between chronic vulvar pain and vulvar pleasure, as indicated by sexuality research.
- The study revealed that individuals who experienced vulvar pleasure since the onset of vulvar pain had reduced pain-related anxiety and pain catastrophizing.
- Based on their findings, the investigators recommended incorporating pleasure-based approaches into the management of chronic vulvar pain, potentially improving sexual function and reducing pain-related anxiety in affected individuals.