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A sharp pain in the vagina is not normal. Pain can be intermittent or persistent and range from mild to severe. The pain can be localized to the vagina or it can be situated in the pelvis. Vaginal pain can be disruptive and unpleasant, but fortunately this symptom is highly treatable once diagnosed.
A number of conditions can cause pain in both the vagina and pelvic area.
Vaginal and pelvic pain can be related STDs, specifically chlamydia and gonorrhea. If you’re experiencing painful vaginal sores, herpes could be the cause. STD testing is recommended if you may have been exposed to an STD.
A gynecologist can help diagnose causes of vaginal pain that is not caused by STDs.
When dealing with vaginal and pelvic pain, it’s important to treat the specific cause. STDs—chlamydia and gonorrhea—can be cured with antibiotics, while herpes can be treated with antiviral medication.
Vaginal pain that is not caused by an infection, such as endometriosis, requires treatment as directed by a doctor.