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Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:46 pm by Birdy

Hi everyone,

I'm here because I'm pretty sure I have secondary provoked vestibuldynia, even though my gyno is still "optimistic" it is not.  My problem started six months ago when I got my second UTI in as many months (after going 25 years of life without one) and then ended up with a bad yeast infection (also my first one ever) thanks to the antibiotics.  Ever since the yeast …

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Newly diagnosed

Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:37 pm by Brevispink

Hello everyone. I have recently been diagnosed with unprovoked vulvodynia and would really appreciate some advice and support. I have had a chronic urine infection for 16 months and was on antibiotics for 9 of those months. I have been very uncomfortable for the entire time, but now I have absolutely unbearable stinging and burning all day with itching too. The infection has just about gone, …

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Recent "Poke" Pain - So Confused/Losing My Mind

Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:26 am by kelseybeth23

Long Story, but I am losing my mind and getting really depressed, so if I tell the full story maybe someone can help me.

Back in August I started to get an itch down there. Normally, in the past, when this would happen, I would change the way I wore my clothes, take more baths instead of showers, and use Monistat. This time, after about two weeks of no relief, I started to get concerned. I was …

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Does anyone else experience this?

Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:21 pm by Angelmegs

Hi— im new here. Im incredibly desperate so if anyone has any suggestions i would greatly appreciate it. Im a 20 year old female with vulvodynia and vaginismus. I was on the birth control pill (junel fe lo estrin) from age 13-18 because of severe menstrual pain. I used the xulane patch for a few months when i was 18 but eventually stopped BC altogether because it interferes with my med for …

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Post Full Vestibulectomy - 5 Years Later - Please Read

Tue May 02, 2017 6:18 pm by jen007

Hi All,

It's been awhile since I've written a new topic on the forum. Wondering if any of the same ladies are still here. I've come back to update you all on my post vestibulectomy results. I can't remember if I've done an update on my current state, so forgive me if this is repeated information... I can't remember how to view my old posts! Anyway, let me get on with my update.

For 4 years post …

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Do you ever worry that you're making it up?

Fri May 27, 2016 6:50 am by Lucci


I was diagnosed with Vaginismus and Vulvar Vestibulitis 10 years ago. I was 18 and scared and moving across the country for college, but luckily was able to find a doctor who specialized in 'Women's Health' who immediately put me into physical therapy. Long story short, I've been in and out of the system ever since.

A few years into treatment, I had the diagnosis of PTSD added on for …

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Clitoris Issues

Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:17 pm by January

I am going crazyyy trying to figure out what's wrong. Please does anyone else have an issue similar to mine? I'm only 22. So, basically when my clit is lightly rubbed, there is no feeling. However, when rubbed vigorously and directly, the burning and tingling sensations shoot down my legs and feet as if coming to the end of an orgasm but with no good feeling leading up. It's so strange. What …

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Cured of Vulvodynia

Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:39 am by angelique2016

I used to post on this forum a long time ago and told everyone of how I was cured of my vulvodynia by a (Melbourne Australia) female dermatologist, she put me on very low doses of Nortriptyline (Allergron) for pain management about 10mgs I believe it was, and she also had me use Advantan Fatty Ointment (not the cream) (although I saw the cream for sale on ebay from germany) so it might help, as …

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Vulvodynia and IVF? Anyone done this? What does it do to the vulvadynia?

Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:03 am by Carolyn4

Hi everyone,

I have had vulvodynia since age 27--I am now 43 and it has been in pretty good remission.  I control it with acupuncture and herbs, and some cranial sacral therapy.  I have a 5 year old, had a pretty uneventful pregnancy which ended in a c-section.  My VV worsened after that, and I have worked hard to get it back under control (it took over a year to get it back into pretty good …

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Confused and Looking for Answers!!

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Confused and Looking for Answers!!

Post  Kate1981 on Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:34 pm

Hi everyone

I was diagnosed with vulvadynia (vestibulodynia) 6 weeks ago and im finding it all very difficult to deal with and understand. When I first had sex I was very tight and it hurt which I imagine it does for everyone. As time went on I had normal painfree sex with the same partner for the next 5 years. During my second relationship of 10 years I noticed I got occasional burning during sex and an uncomfortable feeling for the rest of the day but by the next day I was fine. Sometimes it hurt upon initial penetration but then I was ok. Ive never been able to use tampons so I assumed I was just small.

I started seeing a new partner a year ago and this is when the intense pain and burning started. The first time we had sex after 3 days i had an intense burning sensation to the right hand side of my vulva and into my vagina. Initially I thought STD and went to the sexual health clinic all tests came back clear said it was a uti and gave me antibiotics and within 9 days the burning disappeared. For the next 6 months I was fine had amazing pain free sex. I then had a routine smear test which caused pain in my urethea causing another uti so was back on antibiotics. This cleared and I was fine once again. 1 month later we were away on holiday and had lots of sex. The last day of the holiday the burning started once again and it was also hurting to urinate so thought it was another uti infection and was given another lot of antibiotics.

I was then fine again up until 6 weeks ago when the burning started again and this time it hasnt stopped. It has been so intense and I also have a stabbing type pain up into my vagina with a kind of throbbing sensation. I havnt been able to work or leave the house. I went back to the sexual health clinic and was tested once more this time they tested for herpes as well through blood all tests came back clear. I have no marks or anything to see just maybe a slight redness just inside. The doctor at the sexual health clinic said straight away it was vestibulodynia. He performed the qtip test and I jumped every time he touched the area just inside the vagina.

I have read and read about this condition and I am totally devastated at the thought I may have this forever. I have been put on amitripline initially on 10mg but now taking 30mg a day. The pain has massively improved however the burning still remains but not so intense. I am so confused do symtoms come and go? Was the slight burning and uncomfortable feeling I sometimes had with sex be a sign that ive always had it? Im so confused!!!! Sex doesnt usually cause me a lot of pain or discomfort its just these 3 occasions its caused this intense burning and pain a few days later. Is this usual for v? The doctor who diagnosed me also said my vagina was very small so could this be the reason for the burning? At the moment sex isnt even a possibility but I am scared that I will never be able to do it again because of what it may cause afterwards.

I have ordered some dilators to see if that helps. Ive also been referred to a vulval specialist clinic where hopefully they may give me some physio. I also suffer with IBS mainly constipation and im wonderring if this is related. I also have a lower back pain and restless legs but only in my right side the same as my vulval pain.

Any help or advice would be massively appreciated as im going out of my mind.

Wishing all of you suffers some painfree days and positive treatments


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Re: Confused and Looking for Answers!!

Post  scrumptuous on Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:27 pm

Dear Kate,

I have only just joined the vulvodynia support group, this evening, after coming across the site. I am 55 years young and have lived with vulvodynia for 21 years. Can I immediately reassure you, that yes you will be able to accept living with this condition and manage to continue with your life. Following a gynae operation 21 years ago, I developed severe pain and burning. As mentioned by previous members, I was constantly told there was nothing wrong, but I knew that there was. I like you attended the GUM clinic (I have been with my husband since I was 15) thinking it may be herpes, as you try to search for any answer. All my swabs and tests always came back negative. Years ago, very little was mentioned about this condition and I spent the next ten years having injections into the area (anti-inflammatory, which were very painful) and many operations removing skin from the vulval area. I actually had a right sided vulval skin graft at St. Mary's Manchester, because this was the only treatment offered to me. It was'nt until many years later, that a Consultant at Hope hospital actually told me that cutting away the area only temporarily relieves the condition (after weeks of recovery from the surgery), as the nerve endings re-grow and so the condition returns. It would appear to target certain types of women. I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia, IBS, litchen planus, thyroid antiboidies and am definately a person that worries. When my stress levels rise, I definately suffer most. This aside, I have been married for 36 years to a very understanding husband. As like many of the other women have mentioned, it can have a massive impact on your status, as a woman and your sex life, but if you cannot cope with full intercourse, then there are many other ways to be intimate and still feel close and loving. I myself still needed to fully make love and would consentrate on the nice feelings at the time. Yes, I knew that the following days, I would be extremely uncommfortable, but I also knew that this would then return to a level, which was acceptable and that is how I coped. You will find your own coping strategies. May I say that over the years, I definately have more better days and manage to live an active 'normal' life. I would advise you to only shower and not bath, as I never use soap, talc or anything else in the area. I also stopped using tampons and even found that certain tiolet papers were better than others (I'm not sure if there are bleaching agents in some of them). I gave over using any sort of creams, as I have found that my own body eventually returns to a copable level. With any diagnosis, there is always anxiety and fear of loss of control and in the early years, I did question why me?, but now I am aware that I am not the only one, there are many other women like us. Never feel that you are on your own and believe that the situation will greatly improve, it just takes a little time.



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