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I'M NEW - Do I listen to my gyno who I feel has it wrong?

Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:17 pm by Tunes25

Hello!

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

Hi,

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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Hi Im from Australia :)

Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:08 am by emma

Hi girls... I live in Australia.
I am currently undergoing a new treatment for vulvodynia. Just wondering if anyone else here has tried it. It's Endep in the form of cream to apply directly on the area. I dont know if anyone else has tried this but so far evidently it has had a 50% success rate.
Anyway i feel at a loss. This new treatment is exciting but at the same time i just dont feel like …

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Somebody please help me...

Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:05 am by Andlag

Hey everyone,

since I started being sexually active i often experienced burning in my vagina which was often worse during sex /around the time of my period or when using lubricants. I was never able to use tampons because the one time i tried putting them in it felt like acid was poured on my skin. Fast forward to 2 months ago when I got a UTI and an allergic reaction in my vagina. I thought it …

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Lidocaine with condoms?

Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:44 pm by AEM1

Hi everyone! My doctor just prescribed me a topical lidocaine to administer before sex, but I forgot to ask if it is okay to use with condoms. Has anyone else used this before and know it is safe to use with condoms? Thanks! Very Happy
Unrelated, but I just started Lyrica a few weeks ago...no changes yet, but I'm hopeful something will come out of it. 3 years with vulvodynia and unable to have sex …

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Constant pain, I want to die.

Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:29 am by Meggiemay

I posted on here a few years ago but my symptoms went away with the inflammation. I didn't get so lucky this time.

For over three months, i've had terrible rawness, burning, soreness in the urethral/vestibule area and pressure/hypersensitivity in the clitoral area. I've also had some lower abdominal pressure and burning on my butt. I can barely walk! My gyno hasn't been much help. I'm on …

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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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MAY HAVE FOUND A CURE- PLEASE READ

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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Just Diagnosed- frustrated and worried please help

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Just Diagnosed- frustrated and worried please help

Post  ESR on Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:03 pm

Hi all,

I am 18 years old began trying to have sex for the first time 7 months ago with my boyfriend and we never managed it at all due to the pain and probably additional tension in my vaginal muscles.
I found my journey to being diagnosed very emotional and confusing, going on internet sites, a family planning clinic before finally going to a GUM clinic where they did that cotton bud test and decided I have vestibulodynia(?? I have the provoked one, I think that is the name for it) The doctor said the friction involved during attempting penetration causes irritation in four areas/glands around my vagina, in the way of redness, swelling and stinging, similar to the way for example pollen makes hayfever sufferes' eyes itch and go red and puffy . I have very bad hayfever and maybe slight eczema and asthma and this makes me 'atopic' and this could possibly be the cause of my vestibulodynia.
Everywhere I look there seems to be different information about the causes of this condition and I just wonder if anyone really knows enough about it, even when it affects so many people.
The treatment plan the doctor gave me consisted of applying a weak anaesthetic (instillagel) to my vestibule three times a day then when I used that all up move onto a stronger anaesthetic (lidocaine 5%) for two weeks, which I am currently in the middle of doing. After those two weeks she said I could try sex again. She said the aim was to 'retrain' that area to not be so sensitive but I just feel sceptical about this actually working. She also gave me some antihistamine pills (ucerax) and isntructed that I should take one before I have sex. I was wondering whether any of you were given the same treatment and if it's worked because as of yet I have not found anyone else who has been told to continually numb the area for retraining or something.
I would love anyone's opinion or help with my problem and will be so grateful for the support from someone who knows how I feel.

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Re: Just Diagnosed- frustrated and worried please help

Post  Alana3 on Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:13 am

Uh its not gonna just stop because you numb it. I used lidocaine but because of pain. Once it wears off it will.come right back.

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Re: Just Diagnosed- frustrated and worried please help

Post  EviEĀ°Bee on Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:32 am

ESR,
your gonna be asked to try a whole lot of different treatments and some may work, some may not. Depends on the lady and culprit. Everyone responds differently to meds, creams, injections, ect.

Best thing to do is do a bunch of research regarding VV, keep a daily log of your symptoms and possible irritants (diet, activities, ect), how you respond to treatments.

I know it's overwhelming and I wouldn't wish VV on my worst enemy but your not alone.

I've never heard of "retraining" the vulva back to normal. Keep us posted. Muah.

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Re: Just Diagnosed- frustrated and worried please help

Post  mary jane on Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:29 am

Don't worry, everyone is different and has different sets of symptoms. You will find something, you're very young and the body recuperates fast !
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Re: Just Diagnosed- frustrated and worried please help

Post  Alana3 on Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:13 pm

I've heard of retraining but typically after a diagnosis of vaginismus or surgery. Lidocaine blocks pain while on it but when it wears off the pain is still there. It would work it you had muscle pain but not nerve/skin pain. Maybe get another opinion...

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Re: Just Diagnosed- frustrated and worried please help

Post  Sunflower82 on Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:33 pm

When I was first diagnosed I got given the same treatment the strine gleans then lodicaine. Which helped in the shirt term when I used it but didn't give any long term relief. The got given trimovate cream which is a steriod and told to come back in three months! After that was out on anti depressants after 6 months I said it made know difference and I was told, "of course it has" it hadn't it didn't feel any difference!
The only think that helped was Physio, this I had to pay for privately. I am now able to have sex the pain does come back but I have a back related issue that makes my vulvar pain worse.

Hope this helps

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Re: Just Diagnosed- frustrated and worried please help

Post  Sunflower82 on Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:35 pm

Oh dear lots of auto corrects !
I had the same gel in the syringe that was supposed to say !!

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