Epidemiology

The typical patient with vulvodynia used to be described as a nulliparous woman in her twenties or early thirties who often develops symptoms suddenly.189 In a survey of over 4900 women aged 18-64, it was reported that 16 percent of the 3000 respondents had experienced vulvar pain lasting at least three months and 7 percent had vulvar pain at the time of the survey and, many had seen up to five different doctors for this problem.190 Unexplained vulvar pain was found to be of similar incidence among white and African-American women. Hispanic women were 80 percent more likely than white women to have experienced chronic vulvar pain.

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