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Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:17 pm by Tunes25


I am a 25 year old woman and wanted to share my story here as I feel frustrated by the suggestions of my gyno and am hoping for some advice.

To give the context for this: in September 2016 I moved in with my long term boyfriend after living abroad a year and (nearly) abstaining from sex. Within a few weeks I had got a yeast infection which I treated myself successfully, but then 2 weeks …

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I cured myself 100% of vulvodynia twenty years ago--I hope this helps someone

Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:33 pm by totallycured


Every so often I'm reminded of the constant, persistent, horrible pain I was in two decades ago, and I reach out to try to help others who are suffering. If someone had offered me a solution during that terrible time, I'd have jumped at it. I hope this helps someone.

Yes, I did have terrible vulvodynia. It felt like someone poured acid all over my vulva. My doctor confirmed it and was …

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Recently Diagnosed which has motivated my research study

Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:54 pm by ebclose2free

Hi everyone,

My name is Eliza Barach and I was diagnosed with vulvodynia in October of 2017. I'm also PhD student at the State University of New York at Albany. I work several professors at SUNY, but one in particular, Dr. Mitch Earleywine researches marijuana and its possible efficacy as an alternative treatment. Our previous examined cannabis and symptoms of PMS/PMDD and found that women …

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Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:04 pm by infinitelywondering

Dear all,

Today has been the day I've been waiting for. The day something FINALLY makes sense.
I've been told countless times that I've got nerve damage or a muscular condition, yet none of the specific treatments have helped me. My GP suggested attacking this from a different angle so referred me to a dermatologist specialist

after having a vestibulectomy with no success, I decided to visit …

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New and desperate for advice

Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:37 pm by srbry

Hi everyone,

I'm new here and was told to find a support group because this is all getting a bit much really...

I lost my virginity when I was 18 and it hurt - that was normal. Loads of women had told me that it hurt so that was fine I didn't question that. I was with the same guy for a couple of months and each time after that it was uncomfortable and not great. I didn't tell him because I …

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New and need some help

Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:30 pm by LindafromNJ

New to this site ad trying to figure out how it works.  I am trying to post as a new member so I am hoping this goes thru.  I am a senior adult and have just been diagnosed by the Drexil Vaginitis Center to have vulvodynia along with Vestibulitis (not sure if spelled correctly).  My symptoms are vaginal burning, itching, soreness around the vaginal opening with one spot in particular.  Some …

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Amitriptyline given for vulvodyina pain

Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:46 pm by katycrawford

Hi there,

After years of being misdiagnosed etc as most women have on this forum I have finally been diagnosed with vulvodynia (yay) and have been given the lowest dose of an antidepressant called Amitriptyline. Has anyone been on this before and has any positive (or negative) news to give me? Im feeling down already and I've only been taking it for a few days, I don't have much hope of it …

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Can A Cut In Vestibule cause Vulvodynia?

Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:07 am by rockylife

Can a cut in the vestibule area cause vulvodynia? Is it possible that some nerve a were damaged that’s why I feel this pain in my area without visible lesions?

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Anyone from New Jersey

Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:47 pm by LindafromNJ

Looking to maybe talk to someone from NJ to see if there are any support groups in this state.

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Post  Hodg72 on Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:27 pm

Hi to all

I guess I am looking for others with similar symptoms/experiences to mine, and looking at some of the posts I think I might find some here.

I have experienced itching, burning and some pain 'down there' for about 15 years. For 12 of those years I thought I had recurring thrush, and treated the problem accordingly. I had many swabs over the years, but was never actually told that they swabs were negative - so I subjected myself for the harsh treatments for years unnecessarily! Finally my Gynae looked in my file and asked why I was going through all the courses of treatment when I had always come back negative??!! (GRRRRR).

We them looked at other things such as dermatitis etc, and I was given steroid treatments to try. Nothing has really helped, although there are some (very few and far between) months when I DON'T suffer. That is the other thing about me - my symptoms are definitely ciclical (although this was poohoo'd by my Drs).

So - finally I was referred to a dermatologist to look at allergic causes - and after waiting for many more uncomfortable months I went through patch testing. I tested positive to an allergy to Balsam of Peru (has anyone heard of it??) and nickel. So - I have cut these products out of my life as best I can (Balsam of Peru is little heard of but in EVERYTHING! Especially in producst you are likely to use 'down there'. I have been looking on forums, and products suggested to me to use as an anesthetic or cooling gel seem to contain it (anything with Benzoayte, basically!)

My Dermatologist did suggest that I may have Vulvodynia, esp if my patch tests came back negative. I am wondering if this is in fact the case, as my symptoms are not always visble (especially when I get an examination) and also the sensation can be on one side, then shift front, back, other side, etc etc. I hve read that itching is not usually a symptom for this condition, through.

Any help GRATEFULLY received

thanks all


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Post  jen007 on Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:52 pm

Hello Hodg72 and Welcome to the forum!

I've had vulvodynia for 5 years now. I too had itching and burning pains "down there" for a long time, mostly caused by chronic yeast infections. A lot of the time, vulvodynia is misdiagnosed as a bacterial infection. Theres a few ways to tell if you have vulvodynia...at least that I know of. Let me know if you answer yes to any of these questions:

Are you now on or have ever been on birth control?
Do you have any food allergies?
Do you get reoccurring yeast infections?
Is the pain constant or is it provoked? ....meaning does it hurt all the time or does it only hurt when you touch "down there?"

The allergy you mentioned could be the issue, but if you took all of it out of your daily routines, things should've gone back to normal. Also it isn't unusual to have periods of no pain. I always had pain...but only provoked pain, but a few women here have talked about going through a few months pain free or even a few years and then it comes back. Not sure why...this is a very strange disorder, in my opinion. I'd recommend finding a vulvodynia specialist if you have one near you. If you do have vulvodynia it is important to get some help to keep it under control.



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Post  Hodg72 on Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:05 pm

Thanks, Jen

In answer to your questions:

It seems that although I had suspected yeast infections, it wasn't so.

Food allergies would be the nickel and Balsam of Peru - both are present in both food stuffs and other products. I have ben advised to avoid tomatoes (Nickel) and the presence of B of P, and things that are similar (cinnamon, cloves, citrus peels etc etc) It is nigh on impossible to avoid in products AND food, but I've been doing my best by changing shampoos, any other bathing products used elsewhere on my body (I have not used products in the effected area for years) washing powders,, cleaning products etc. Really made no difference except to my bank balance!

When I get the symptoms, they are fairly constant, this month has been worse than recent - I am towards the end of my period and still in a bad way - normally things start up halfway through my cycle and finish as my period starts (hence my notion that my issues are cyclical and flare-ups with hormone levels). Sex is very uncomfortable both during and afterwards.

I am having acupuncture this week (haven't had since our long quest for a child (he's four and asleep upstairs!) - and am hoping she may be able to help me.

Thanks again for your response - other than my husband and Drs I haven't really talked about this before -As I said to my husband this morning, due to the nature of the problem, it isn't really easy to discuss, like evident skin problems behind you knee!



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