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Vulvodynia Vulvodynia is a chronic, diffuse, unremitting sensation of burning of the vulva — (the female external genital organs including the labia, clitoris, and entrance to the vagina).  This disease is usually referred to in medicine as essential vulvodynia.  Which loosely translated means we essentially do not know what causes it.  However, those trained in alternative medicine have discovered that elevated oxalate level in the tissues of the vulva may be a precipitating cause.  The oxalate is extremely acidic and corrosive that causes a burning, stinging or raw pain that women often describe.

Several ways to treat this condition is to first lower you exposure to oxalates by avoiding foods that contain a high amount of oxalates such as soy, spinach, collard greens, and nuts.  Secondly, since you cannot avoid all oxalate containing foods take a calcium citrate supplement.  The calcium will bind to the oxalate precipitating it out in the stool thus preventing its absorption.  The citrate portion will compete with oxalate for absorption in the intestines.  The optimum dose of calcium citrate is  300-350 mg/day.

Fungal infections also have a tendency to generate oxalate crystals so I have found that using anti-fungal medication is often very useful.

Terry Pfau DO, HMD

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