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 diabetes can lead to damage of one or more of the nerves in the vulva region, resulting in clitoris pain, itching, tingling, or a burning sensation.

Common causes of clitoris pain

Common causes of clitoris pain include:

  • History of surgical procedures in the vulvar region
  • Injury from sexual abuse
  • Irritation to the nerves in the vulvar region
  • Rashes in the vulvar region
  • Recurring yeast infections
  • Repeated sexually transmitted infections
  • Skin irritation from chemicals, such as detergent, soap, or feminine hygiene products

Serious or life-threatening causes of clitoris pain

In some cases, clitoris pain may be a symptom of a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated by a health care provider. These include:

  • Cancers
  • Serious infections

Questions for diagnosing the cause of clitoris pain

To diagnose your condition, your doctor or licensed health care practitioner will ask you several questions related to your clitoris pain including:

  • How long have you felt clitoris pain?
  • When do you feel clitoris pain?
  • Do you have any other symptoms?
  • What medications are you taking?

What are the potential complications of clitoris pain?

The potential complications of clitoris pain depend on their cause. Getting prompt treatment of injuries or infections can help you avoid serious complications, such as deformity or widespread infection. Clitoris pain associated with serious medical conditions, such as infection or diabetes, may have long-term and even potentially life-threatening complications.

Once the underlying cause is diagnosed, it is important for you to follow the treatment plan that you and your health care professional design specifically for you. Left untreated, conditions that cause clitoris pain may lead to the following complications:

  • Abscess
  • Sepsis (life-threatening bacterial blood infection)
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Spread of cancer
  • Spread of infection


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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 intens... Read more about clitoris painintroduction


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:

  • Bleeding Read more about clitoris painsymptoms

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.