6 Causes of Clitoral Pain

The clitoris is a part of the vulva and an external part of the female genitalia. It is highly sensitive due to the fact that it contains thousands of nerves. Women who experience clitoral pain may experience stinging or burning, throbbing or aching, stabbing, or itchiness. If you are experiencing clitoral discomfort, the first step toward treatment is to identify the underlying cause. Read on to learn more about the main causes of clitoral pain, as well as possible treatment options.

What Causes Clitoral Pain?

There is not just one main cause of clitoral pain, rather, there is an array of possible explanations. These may include: 

Vaginal infection

Infections that affect the vagina such as bacterial vaginosis (BV), urinary tract infections (UTIs), or yeast infections can lead to clitoral pain.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Common STIs can often lead to clitoral pain, such as genital herpes, hepatitis B, chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, vaginitis, and more. 

Nerve compression

When the nerves around the clitoris are held under tension or pulled tightly, pain or discomfort may occur.

Skin irritation

The clitoris can become easily irritated. Scents or chemicals in lotions, soaps, or personal hygiene products could irritate your external genitals. If you are experiencing clitoral irritation, see if a change in personal hygiene products or soap is the cause. 

Trauma to the area

Trauma to the area not caused by sex such as injuries from vaginal childbirth may lead to clitoral pain.

Other health conditions

Other medical conditions that affect the central nervous system such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis can be the culprit. 

Some patients may also experience symptoms associated with vulvodynia, which is a similar condition that causes pain in the external genitals. Your doctor may diagnose this condition if no cause can be found for your clitoral pain.

Clitoral Pain Treatment Options

Overall, the right treatment for you will depend on the underlying cause of your symptoms. Possible treatment options may include medications such as antibiotics, antifungals, antidepressants, pain relievers, or antivirals. Pelvic floor physical therapy is a form of specialized physical therapy that may be helpful by strengthening the pelvic muscles. Other patients may benefit from platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, which uses the blood’s growth factors to improve the health of clitoral tissue.

Your doctor can diagnose clitoral pain during an exam and recommend the best possible treatment plan based on your health and your symptoms. 

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Are you experiencing clitoral pain that is negatively impacting your daily life? If so, contact Tideline Center for Health & Aesthetics today. Our team of physicians is dedicated to providing quality care regarding urological issues and feminine health.



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