Vaginal Burning Sensations

What Causes Vaginal Burning?

Vaginal burning can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'worrying'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose vaginal burning, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "vaginal burning" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Allergy To Semen
  • Vaginitis/Vaginal Infection

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
painful shallow penetration with sex
severe vulvar pain
'fishy' vaginal discharge odor
painful deep penetration during sex
grayish vaginal discharge
vaginal yeast infection
history of bacterial vaginosis
chronic bacterial vaginosis
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of vaginal burning:
Cause Probability Status
Vaginitis/Vaginal Infection 96% Confirm
Allergy To Semen 74% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate vaginal problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you ever experience a burning sensation inside the vagina?
Possible responses:
→ Occasionally / don't know
→ No, never
→ Yes, even without sexual activity
→ Only with sex, but even without semen contact
→ Only after contact with semen
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of vaginal burning, vaginal burning, intercourse-related vaginal burning or semen-related vaginal burning, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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