Vulvitis is temporary inflammation of the vulva, or folds of skin surrounding the vagina, which may occur as a result of allergies, irritants, infections or injury. It also can be caused by various diseases, including vaginitis or genital herpes. Women with high stress levels, poor nutrition, or bad hygiene have a greater risk of vulvitus. Post-menopausal women may be more likely to suffer from vulvitis because the genital tissues become thinner and drier and more prone to irritation. Diabetic women also have a greater risk for vulvitis because high sugar levels increase the likelihood for infection. It can be caused by skin sensitivity, prompted by a reaction to soap, perfume, or other scented products. Although not life-threatening, vulvitis can be irritating and frustrating to diagnose.


UAB Obstetrics and Gynecology offers comprehensive women's health care in a private, personal environment, with physicians and nurses who are dedicated to delivering excellent care. Because our physicians are nationally recognized specialists in their fields, you can rest assured that you are receiving the most advanced care available. UAB Obstetrics and Gynecology is consistently ranked among the best programs of its kind in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

As part of the UAB Division of Women's Reproductive Healthcare, UAB Obstetrics and Gynecology’s services range from complete obstetric care to the medical and surgical treatment of complicated gynecological concerns. We work closely with the UAB Medicine Interventional Radiology team to diagnose and treat your condition, using the latest and most accurate technology and imaging methods, including fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and CT scans. Because UAB Medicine is an academic health center, patients may be offered participation in clinical research trials, which can give you access to new techniques and treatments that are not available elsewhere in the area. Our physicians are here for you at all times, from your first routine gynecological exam, to delivering your baby, to guiding you through menopause. When you establish a relationship with our doctors, you can rely upon that relationship throughout your lifetime.



UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of vulvitis. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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