Pain and Inflammation of the Vulva and Vagina

Houston Methodist helps women who have unsuccessfully sought treatments for persistent gynecologic pain, inflammation and skin conditions. Our specialists diagnose and treat autoimmune and other disorders, which many patients suffer from for months and years before finding relief.


We routinely help women who travel throughout the southeastern United States in search of care for untreated conditions that have left them feeling misunderstood and frustrated. We get to know our patients and their medical histories, providing compassionate and individualized care, as well as improving their quality of life.


Conditions Treated


  • Lichen planus – an inflammatory skin and mucous membrane condition causing discharge, pain, burning and itching
  • Lichen sclerosus – causes thin, white patches in the genital area
  • Lichen simplex chronicus – persistent itching and scratching of the vulvar skin
  • Recurrent vaginal infections
  • Vaginismus – involuntary vaginal squeezing or spasms in anticipation of penetration
  • Vulvar and vaginal disorders
  • Vulvodynia – chronic pain around the vaginal opening



  • Medications
  • Pelvic floor physical therapy and exercises
    • Lifestyle modifications
    • Cognitive behavior therapy
    • Sexual counseling
  • Massage therapy
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Nerve blocks


Our doctors at Houston Methodist specialize in gynecology care at the following convenient locations: