The Vulva is the area of skin between your legs. It includes the labia, which are the flaps of skin that surround the opening of the vagina. There are many different conditions that can make this area painful or irritated. It may be painful due to an infection such as thrush. It may be painful due to a skin condition like dermatitis or lichen sclerosis.
However, sometimes it can be painful without any infection or skin condition being present.
To make it even more complicated, sometimes all these conditions are present at the same time – or at different times in the same woman. It’s also common for her to have other types of pelvic pain as well.