What is clitoris pain?

Clitoris pain can result from damage or injury to any of the structures of the vulva (external genitalia), including the inner and outer labia, the vaginal opening, and the clitoris. The symptoms may be constant or variable and may improve or worsen with movement or sexual activity. Clitoris pain may be described as a raw sensation or a burning, itching or stinging feeling that ranges in intensity from mild to severe. Sometimes, pain perceived in the clitoris is actually referred pain that originates from injury, disease or infection elsewhere in the vulvar region.

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Pain and discomfort in the vulva (vulvodynia) is a common cause of clitoris pain, as are skin irritations from rashes or household chemicals. Recurring infections or cancer may also cause clitoris pain. In other cases, clitoris pain may be related to a chronic underlying disease that affects other regions of the body. Other causes of clitoris pain include vaginal yeast infections and sexually transmitted diseases.

The duration and course of clitoris pain vary widely, depending on the cause. Symptoms caused by injury, such as those following sexual abuse, often have a sudden onset. In other cases, clitoris pain may come from an infection that may develop slowly and persist or worsen over time.

Clitoris pain alone is rarely a serious medical condition; however, it may be associated with symptoms of a serious medical condition. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you have high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), severe pain, chills, or rapid heart rate.

If your clitoris pain is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with clitoris pain?

Clitoris pain may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the clitoris may also involve other body systems.

Vulvar symptoms that may occur along with clitoris pain

Clitoris pain may accompany other symptoms affecting the vulvar region including:

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CAUSES

What causes clitoris pain?

Infections and skin disorders may cause clitoris pain. Disease or injury of any of the structures in the vulvar region can also result in clitoris pain. Further, clitoris pain can stem from underlying conditions that involve the body as a whole, such as diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy (disorder that causes dysfunction of nerves that lie outside your brain and spinal cord) associated with diabet... Read more about clitoris paincauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 1, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.