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Vulval Gynaecology

There are range of conditions associated with the external female genitalia, or vulva. Vulvar symptoms can include itching, burning, stinging, or the appearance of redness and swelling. Your Alana Doctor can provide you with the specialised care needed for diagnosis and symptom relief while allowing you to heal.

Vulval Gynaecology

There are a number of conditions that can affect the vulva.  These are broadly categorised as follows:

  • Skin issues, such as dermatitis, psoriasis, lichen sclerosus, lichen planus, and ulceration;
  • Infections, such as thrush, genital herpes, genital warts, and recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis;
  • Chronic pain, such as vulvodynia and vestibulodynia;
  • Cancerous conditions, such as melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, sarcoma, lymphoma, and basal cell carcinoma.

To aid in diagnosis your Alana Doctor will take a thorough medical history, physical examination and may take swabs to test for infections or a biopsy.


Vulvoscopy is a special procedure where the vulval skin of the perineum, labia and vaginal opening is examined using a special microscope, known as a colposcope.  This allows your Alana Doctor to identify any abnormal changes that may be present.

If your Alana Doctor recommends a vulvoscopy for you, you will be provided with a Consent Form outlining what happens during the procedure and any risks associated.

If abnormal cells are detected, a small biopsy may be taken under local anaesthetic.  This biopsy is sent to the pathology lab to determine the nature of the abnormality.

A vulvoscopy will help guide treatment by identifying any abnormality that may be present.