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Health Agencies Update
July 16, 2003

Vulvodynia Common

JAMA. 2003;290(3):324. doi:10.1001/jama.290.3.324-a

Idiopathic vulvar pain is "highly prevalent and often misdiagnosed," according to a new study, conducted by Bernard Harlow, PhD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The researchers asked more than 4900 women aged 18 to 64 years from five ethnically diverse Boston communities to complete a questionnaire about chronic lower genital tract discomfort. More than 16% of the 3000 women who responded said they had experienced vulvar pain lasting three months or longer; nearly 7% were experiencing pain at the time of the survey (J Am Med Womens Assoc. 2003;58:82-98).

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