What is sore vagina?

Sore vagina is pain or discomfort in the genitals. Some women describe it as a raw sensation or a burning, itching or stinging feeling. The symptoms may range in intensity from mild to severe, and they may improve or worsen with movement or sexual activity. Symptoms caused by injury often have a sudden onset. Other symptoms may develop slowly, such those related to infectious disease.

Vaginal soreness can result from damage or injury to any of the structures of the vulva (external genitalia), including inner and outer labia, vagina, vaginal opening, or the vagina itself. Sometimes, vaginal soreness is actually referred pain that originates from injury, disease or infection elsewhere in the vulvar region.

Pain and discomfort in the vulva (vulvodynia) is a common cause of vaginal soreness. Other causes include skin irritation from rashes or household chemicals, recurring infections, and sexually transmitted diseases. Vaginal yeast infections can also result in soreness. Further, vaginal soreness may be related to a chronic underlying disease that affects other regions of the body or conditions of the uterus, ovaries, and adjacent organs.

Sore vagina alone is rarely a serious medical condition. However, it may be associated with symptoms of a serious or life-threatening condition. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you have sudden high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), severe pain, chills, or rapid heart rate (tachycardia).

If your sore vagina is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.


What other symptoms might occur with sore vagina?

Sore vagina may accompany other symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the vagina may also involve other body systems.

Vulvar symptoms that may occur along with sore vagina

Sore vagina may accompany other symptoms affecting the vulvar region including:


What causes sore vagina?

Infections and skin disorders may cause sore vagina. Disease or injury to any of the structures in the vulvar region can also result in sore vagina. In addition, sore vagina can be caused by underlying conditions that involve the body as a whole or the pelvic organs specifically.

Common causes of sore vagina

Sore vagina may have common causes including:

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: May 7, 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.