01. October 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Vulvodynia

A small study carried out by investigators in the USA has found that acupuncture appears to reduce pain and dyspareunia, while increasing sexual function, for women with vulvodynia (a chronic pain syndrome affecting the vulvar area without an identifiable cause). Thirty-six women with vulvodynia were randomly assigned either to an acupuncture group or a wait-list control group. Subjects assigned to the acupuncture group received acupuncture twice a week for five weeks. Reports of vulvar pain and dyspareunia were significantly reduced, while changes in scores on the Female Sexual Function Index suggested significant improvement in sexual function in those receiving ‘acupuncture compared with those who did not. However, acupuncture did not significantly increase sexual desire, sexual arousal, lubrication, ability to orgasm or sexual satisfaction in women with vulvodynia. (Acupuncture for the treatment of vulvodynia: a randomized wait-list controlled pilot study. J Sex Med. 2015 Apr;12(4):1019-27).

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