Vulva and Vagina Pain and Inflammation Treatments

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



  • Massage therapy
  • Medications
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • MonaLisa Touch®– A minimally invasive laser treatment for vulva disorders and vaginal discomforts (dryness, burning) commonly experienced by women due to a decline in estrogen levels during menopause or after child birth. This simple in-office procedure (typically three short treatments over 18 weeks) resolves estrogen drops in the vaginal wall tissue by re-activating the production of new collagen and reestablishing healthy conditions in the vaginal mucosa.
  • Nerve blocks
  • Pelvic floor physical therapy and exercises
    • Lifestyle modifications
    • Cognitive behavior therapy
    • Sexual counseling

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