Vulvodynia is a condition that makes it painful for women to have intercourse, use tampons, or even sit. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Latinas are twice as likely as non-Latina women to be affected by it.
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Charactarized by a burning irritation or sharp pain near the opening of the vagina, vulvodynia has previously been estimated to affect one in 12 women at least once in their lifetime. The study, which surveyed 2,542 women of varying ethnicity and socioeconomic backgrounds in the Detroit-metro area over a three-year period, found that approximately nine out of 100 Latinas who didn’t experience any vulvodynia symptoms at the start of the study went on to develop new symptoms indicative of the condition, compared to 4 out of 100 women, in general.
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