What is pudendal neuralgia?
Pudendal neuralgia is a rare problem with the pudendal nerve that can affect both men and women. The pudendal nerve runs through your pelvic region, including your genitals, Reference urethra Opens New Window, anus, and Reference perineum Opens New Window. Your perineum is the area between your anus and genitals. The condition is also known as pudendal neuropathy, pudendal nerve entrapment, cyclist's syndrome, pudendal canal syndrome, or Alcock’s syndrome.
Pudendal neuralgia can cause pain, especially when you sit. Men with pudendal neuralgia may have pain in the buttocks, Reference scrotum Opens New Window, penis, and perineum. Women with pudendal neuralgia may have pain in their buttocks, Reference vulva Opens New Window, urethra, and perineum.
Latest Information About Pudendal Neuralgia
The following online resource provides the latest information on pudendal neuralgia:
- Society for Pudendal Neuralgia (SPuN). This nonprofit organization provides accurate clinical information to people with pudendal neuralgia and health professionals who want to learn more about the condition. You can find more information at www.spuninfo.org.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference September 6, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine