What is Intimate Relief?

Intimate Relief is a topical pain relief gel for women with acute or chronic vulva pain.

What are the types of vulva pain that can be treated by Intimate Relief?

Types of vulva pain that can be treated by Intimate Relief include vulva burning and itching, vulvodynia, vestibulodynia and vestibulitis.

What are the symptoms of vulvodynia or vulva pain?

Vulva pain or Vulvodynia may present as burning, stinging, irritation, itching, pressure, or rawness.

What are the causes of Vulvodynia or chronic vulva pain?

Typically, vulvodynia is not related to an underlying condition. The exact cause is usually unknown.

Factors that may raise the risk of vulvodynia include:

Damage to or irritation of the nerves around the vulva

A high density of pain-sensing nerve fibers in the vulval area

Chronic inflammation

Genetic susceptibility

Weak pelvic floor muscles

Unusual or long-term reaction to infection, trauma, or another environmental factors

Hormonal changes


Other factors that increase susceptibility include:


Frequent yeast infections

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Chemical irritation of the external genitals, caused by soaps, feminine hygiene products or detergents in clothing

Rashes on the genital area

Previous laser treatments or surgery on the external genitals

Nerve irritation, injury or muscle spasms in the pelvic area


What activities can aggravate Vulvodynia?

Vulvodynia / vulva pain can be triggered or aggravated by:


Sexual intercourse

Tampon insertion

A gynecologic examination

Prolonged sitting

Wearing tight underclothes or pants

Activities such as cycling or horseback riding

How does Intimate Relief work to treat vulva pain?

The active ingredient in Intimate Relief is Lidocaine 4%, a  local anesthetic that is absorbed through the skin of the vulva and works at the level of the superficial peripheral nerves to block the transmission of pain signals. Intimate Relief also contains other compounds that help soothe the burning and itching pain that is common with vulvodynia and vestibulitis.

How do I use Intimate Relief?

Place a pea-sized amount of the gel on your index finger and massage gently into the skin of your vulva.

How often can I apply Intimate Relief?

You may use Intimate Relief several times a day.

Can I apply Intimate Relief inside my vagina?

Intimate Relief is for external use only. It should not be applied inside the vagina.

What if some of the gel inadvertently slips into my vagina?

If Intimate Relief gel enters the vagina, it should not cause any serious harm or side effects. However, you may experience numbing of your vagina which may be significant and may lead to decreased sensation. This may last several hours before resolving.

Intimate Relief is for external use only. It should not be applied inside the vagina.

Can I use Intimate Relief if I am pregnant?

There is no contraindication to using Intimate Relief while you are pregnant but contact your doctor before use.

What are some contraindications to using Intimate Relief?

Do not apply Intimate Relief over wounds, open sores or cuts in the skin.