Edit: I WAS CURED AFTER 22 YEARS! I had a vestibulectomy Dec. 2016. The recovery was easier for me than having sex ever was. It took about 5 weeks. I have included my recovery photos. Look for the blogpost "I'm Cured!"
I’m a great woman with a pissed-off vulva. I have “primary vestibulitis." Most people are uncomfortable discussing their genital pain in public. Well, I’m not…so, welcome to my blog! There aren’t definitive answers in medical literature to explain the pain cycle of pelvic pain and how to heal it - yet. My hope is that my 21-year obsession to find help for myself will make your experience shorter, easier, and less painful. P.S. Recently "vestibulitis" has been renamed to "vestibulodynia."
Pelvic Floor Muscles, Part 2
Often these muscles are contracted which can compress on nerves that feed your vulva, your pudendal nerve (sitting pain), and your sciatic nerve (pain down the side or back of your leg). These nerves can cause the pain you feel.
These muscles can also be "tonic", meaning that they don't contract and relax properly. This weakens the pelvic floor as the muscles are either strained all the time or not engaged at all. Incontinence is one symptom of a dysfunctional pelvic floor.
Tight muscles can also restrict blood flow to the vulva; blood circulation is critical to the healing process of this skin.