Vulvodynia Diet

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Vulvodynia diet is a special low-oxalate food routine indicated for women who suffer from Vulvodynia or pain in the vulva. (Vagina)

 

Scientific Facts Related to the Origin of the Vulvodynia Diet

Vulvodynia is a very painful condition of the vagina. Women experience painful spots, bumps on the inner labia of the vagina orifice, or what feels like rashes underneath the skin of these areas. According to the National Vulvodynia Association, “chronic vulvar pain without any identifiable source” is considered to be vulvodynia. Most researchers feel that the use of a low oxalate diet can help to reduce the painful stinging sensations that are seen in this condition

 

Characteristics of the Low-Oxalate Vulvodynia Diet

The exact underlying cause of the problem is not known. As a result, most physicians recommend a complete dietary, physical and medical evaluation before treatment is started. General guidelines for the Vulvodynia Diet include the following rules-

  • Supplements like biotic, chondroitin, glucosamine and grape seed extract seem to work well to control the condition. 
  • Patients should boost their overall health with the help of low sugar, and high fiber diets.

 

Dietary Laws Governing Low-Oxalate Vulvodynia Diet

According to researchers, oxalates present in food accumulate in the vaginal tissue forming needles of the oxalate that could be responsible for the pain. As a result, a few foods that contain oxalate have to be skipped from the diet. They are-

  • Physicians advise calcium citrate-500 mg three times a day to bind the oxalate that might enter into the diet and aggravate the condition. Calcium carbonate also seems to work well.
  • A low-oxalate diet should restrict the oxalate intake to 40-50mg of oxalate per day. Foods that are high in oxalate should be completed omitted from this diet. For example, the following foods are high in oxalates and should be avoided
    • Dark beers
    • Coffee and coffee products
    • Cocoa
    • Beans
    • Berries like blackberries, strawberries and blue berries
    • Bread
    • Celery, water cress, turnip greens, sunflower seeds, spelt and spinach.  
  • Low oxalate foods include the following
    • Skim milk and low fat milk products
    • Fruits like apples, avocados, peaches and plums
    • Grains like wild rice and barley
    • Mustard, mayonnaise, vinegar
    • Coconuts, black-eyed peas
    • All vegetable oils
    • Sugar,
    • Maple syrup

The Vulvar Pain Foundation supplies a low-oxalate cookbook for patients. Patients should refer to the cookbook to get an accurate idea of the foods that can be consumed and how they can be prepared for better overall health.