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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