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Female genital skin (vulva) conditions

What is it?

Genital skin problems are very common and are not necessarily related to sexually transmitted diseases. The external genital organ of a woman is known as vulva. Vulval symptoms may include redness, itchiness, pain and ulceration. Common examples are:

How is it diagnosed?

Diagnosis may be tricky and is best done by an expert. Dermatologists, gynaecologists and doctors in genitourinary medicine are the most appropriate specialists to examine and diagnose vulval diseases. Skin swabs or biopsies (samples) may be helpful.

How is it treated?

Taking good care of the genital skin can help treat and prevent vulval and vaginal problems. General principles include:

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