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Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:13 am by anikita

Hi lovely gals!

I'm honestly hoping to get any bit of advice anyone might have to offer. I go from bouts of sobbing hysterically in my boyfriend's arms to feeling confident that I can beat this.

I haven't been actually diagnosed with vulvodynia but EVERYTHING under the sun has come back negative. I started having sex 4 years ago after starting Lo Loestrin, with my first and current boyfriend …

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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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Gabapentin Gel. or other topical creams

Thu May 10, 2018 9:43 am by Rosie21

Hi I have been suffering for some years with this abominable pain. I have tried most of the systemic drugs , I asked specialists and Doctors if I could at least try a topical treatment but because this requires a special prescription have been refused Has anybody had a chance of trying these? Thank you I will try to put a link on to some of the research into Gabapentin Gel. Thanks.

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What has been helping ME (much less pain over time!!)

Wed May 16, 2018 3:43 am by leoscc

Hello everyone! I vanished for quite some time as my life became consumed by not only this but other daily responsibilities as well. Shortly after my diagnosis, my boyfriend f 3 years left me as he did not want to deal with this. It left me broken for a while but also gave me time to figure out what the heck was going on. So, I will write out a quick list of my symptoms and what helped me.

1. I …

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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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Condoms Less Painful?

Mon May 07, 2018 3:35 am by stillinpain

I'm just curious, has anyone found using condoms to be less abrasive to the skin than without? I just got off birth control and haven't stretched myself out enough post surgery to try sex yet, but when I do I am wondering how trying it with condoms with affect the sensation. I feel like for me the skin to skin sensation creates pain, not just at my entrance but internally, too, since I also have …

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Will there be an end?

Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:06 am by Krista2828

I go in and out of being okay and not being okay with this condition. I question often why me? I am a problem solver by nature and I feel so defeated that after tons of research and trial and error and doctors and tears that there still is no answer.

I am in my 20's.. it shouldn't be this way.

Id love to know what all has worked! I am willing to try anything to get my life back. I am curious …

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you can be healed so easy and quite fast.

Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:46 pm by pussycat

Hello everyone,
i am new to this forum. I wanted to share my personal "journey" with V with you and to give you a real hope you can be totally healed/recovered from V. Many years ago i was struck with V, it was painful and got worst and worst, eventually i could not sit, could not stand, could not walk, could not swim in a swimming pool anymore. I was becoming bedridden, it frightened …

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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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Has Anyone Tried Evening Primrose Oil?

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Has Anyone Tried Evening Primrose Oil?

Post  Minny on Tue Nov 05, 2013 3:42 pm

Hi everyone,

I am a new member, and would like to share some info. with everyone. I have been suffering on and off for 30 years with Vulvodynia. I was treated in my early twenties, after having many UTI's and infections from constant use of antibiotics. A Gyn. froze the painful areas with liquid nitrogen, and the pain went away completely for many years. The doctor is not practicing anymore and I cannot find anyone who will do this procedure. The freezing procedure worked for over twenty five years with only minor bouts of burning.

I am now in my early fifties and about four years ago, the horrible pain came back. I am peri-menapausal, and cannot relieve myself from this constant burning, even using Estrace cream. I have been to many specialists and have tried many treatments. I just found this website today and am very happy I did.

If anyone has tried Evening Primrose oil and it has relieved the burning, please let me know. I am desperate, like all of you suffering constantly, to rid myself of this burning pain. Thank you so much, Minny.

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Re: Has Anyone Tried Evening Primrose Oil?

Post  zarli on Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:45 am

Hi Minny
I heard years ago when I was on a different forum about a lady who used vinegar and water, she put a folded face cloth in the mixture and then doused her self with it. Funny enough my Mum used to do this to my head when I used to get migraines, they used this for pain in the old days. The vinegar draws out the heat.... I don't suffer from burning down there so I have never tried it, but I couldn't see any problem with giving it ago. I feel you should look into going to a vulva pain specialist if you can. All the best Very Happy 

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Re: Has Anyone Tried Evening Primrose Oil?

Post  Kathy100 on Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:03 pm

Be careful with vinegar - it's acidic. I'm very wary of using anything down there following several flare ups. Notriptyline tablets and physio are helping me but it's a long haul. Have you tried lindocaine - I know that's helped some ladies here.

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Re: Has Anyone Tried Evening Primrose Oil?

Post  Sarah001 on Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:08 pm

I second Kathy vinegar could be seriously painful! Shocked  I use lavender oil in vaseline and it helps alot. Anything should be used with caution though, do a tiny spot test first
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Re: Has Anyone Tried Evening Primrose Oil?

Post  Elc88 on Sun Nov 10, 2013 1:36 pm

I've tried it. It wasn't right for me, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a go. If you're pre-menopausal, a lot of people recommend it for hot flushes too, so it sounds like a good idea for you.

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Re: Has Anyone Tried Evening Primrose Oil?

Post  Courtney 32 on Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:21 pm

I posted this is another topic but thought you may be interested in reading .....

Hi ladies, I wanted to tell you what has helped my 22 year old daughter. My daughter has been battling vulvodynia, chronic UTI's, yeast infections, BV, and even strep B vaginal infections for almost 3 years now. She's been on the neverending revolving doOr of antibiotics, vaginal creams, lidocaine, hydrogen peroxide douches, etc., etc. FINALLY I SAID ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND TOOK OVER!! There's nothing worst than seeing your child in so much pain and agony, and it was so heartbreaking watching this "animal" take my daughter's womanhood away from her. SUPER SAD!! Sad

Here's what I did and, shockingly, it has helped her tremendously. Even to the point where she and her fiance' are actually having sexual intercourse with very little to no pain.

1. Get off all HORMONAL birth control.
2. Get on a daily regiment of:

Morning:

Garlic pill - 1
Vitamin C (500mg) - 1
Femdophilus - 1
Cranberry pill - 1
Biotin - (she takes this because her hair has been thinning)
* Barlean's, The Essential Woman Supplement, Swirl, Chocolate Mint - 1 TBSP
* Flaxseed Oil - 1 .... once the Barlean's, The Essential Woman Supplement, Swirl, Chocolate Mint drink is gone. The two main ingredient's in this drink is Flaxseed Oil and Primrose Oil.


Evening:

Folic Acid - 1
Jarrow IBS 299V Probiotic - 1
Femdophilus - 1
Cranberry pill - 1
Biotin - (again, she takes this because her hair has been thinning)
* Primrose Oil - 1 .... once the Barlean's, The Essential Woman Supplement, Swirl, Chocolate Mint drink is gone. The two main ingredient's in this drink is *Flaxseed Oil and *Primrose Oil.

She also uses a spray bottle to spray that area with a mixture of vinegar and water while taking her daily shower.

About 2 weeks after starting this regiment, I'm telling you, it's been like night and day for her. She is so happy right now. Almost makes me want to cry. And btw, she had a copper IUD with NO HORMONES inserted for birth control.

Also, we will be adding Zinc (and copper ... needed with zinc supplementals) to her daily regiment. I found some very interesting articles that say that low zinc levels are often found in people who have acne and hair loss/thinning due to their hormones being out of whack, "PARTICULARLY IN LOW PROGESTERONE LEVELS," which, voila', is often noted in women with vulvodynia.

Anyway, I just wanted share what has dramatically helped my daughter with this awful, AWFUL thing. I don't know if her daily regiment will help all, but even if it helps 1 or 2 people, that's a couple less women that have to live with this evil problem.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL!!

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Re: Has Anyone Tried Evening Primrose Oil?

Post  zarli on Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:51 pm

Thankyou Courtney for your post, Im going to give it a go. My hair is thinning too. A lot of these things to take that you mention Ive never heard of so I guess Ill go to health food shop to start. Glad you mention vinegar and water I don't feel bad for my earlier post !!! Thanks again and all the best for your daughter, I have a 19 year old daughter and if she had Vulvodynia Id be going crazy with worry as well.

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Re: Has Anyone Tried Evening Primrose Oil?

Post  Alana3 on Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:58 pm

Im glad shes.feeling better but please dont tell people to get off bcps you have absolutely no idea why someone is on something. And telling someone to get off drugs could.potentially hurt them. I'm on it for endometriosis my growths would grow out of hand without the help of bcps. None of this would work for me as mine was nerve pain. Mine was handled thru surgery and removal of my skin and nerves. That for me was never an option and sorta seems like yeast or an infection. But I appreciate what you're saying and helping other women but try not saying to get off of something.

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Post  Courtney 32 on Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:10 pm

Alana3 wrote:Im glad shes.feeling better but please dont tell people to get off bcps you have absolutely no idea why someone is on something. And telling someone to get off drugs could.potentially hurt them. I'm on it for endometriosis my growths would grow out of hand without the help of bcps. None of this would work for me as mine was nerve pain. Mine was handled thru surgery and removal of my skin and nerves. That for me was never an option and sorta seems like yeast or an infection. But I appreciate what you're saying and helping other women but try not saying to get off of something.

Alana3, I'm sorry.  The only reason I said to get off hormonal BC is because it's strongly suggested (and do I dare say, universally KNOWN) by many that vulvodynia is actual caused by or strongly contributed by hormonal BC use.  Obviously if you have other illnesses where hormonal BC is needed, then you may need to find differing ways/regiments to help with the vulvodynia.  Like I said, my daughter's daily regiment isn't for everyone and may not help everyone, but if it helps just a few women, it's worth sharing.

Also, my daughter did have yeast and other chronic infections, but she was diagnosed with vulvodynia about 2 months ago.  The doctor even admitted that she had probably been misdiagnosed with "infections" for a couple years.  They even discussed having surgery to remove the nerves, and also the possibility of trying local injections.  Even though she was in unbearable pain, my daughter was super leery and scared about having injections or surgery down there, so she opted to give her daily regiment of probiotics, vitamins, and sprays a chance.  She actually started feeling a bit better after 2 weeks and, thankfully, stuck with the regiment.  She'll be the first to tell you that she had her doubts about "the regiment" but, I know, now after 1 1/2 months of sticking with it and feeling 98% "normal" again, she would encourage everyone to find a daily regiment THAT'S GOOD FOR YOU and STICK WITH IT.  Give it a chance to work.  Also, I want to add, she didn't get her IUD until about 1 week ago, about 3 weeks after she was feeling some improvement in her vulvodynia.

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Post  Alana3 on Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:19 pm

I am in total agreement but I have been blamed for my v because I use bc

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Post  Alana3 on Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:22 pm

And like I said I'm happy for her too

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Post  bluekangeroo on Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:58 am

This always worries me when people say BC pills can cause the v pain.

My gyne has just suggested I go back on BC progesterone only after I have been off it for about 5 years.

I used to use combined BC pills for about 10 years, my v pain began probably about 3/4 years after I started taking the pill, but it was manageable you know like 5 days outta 30 I would have some pain. (It all started after a run of infections and yeast down there) But since coming off the BC pills the pain has gotten so much worse like 25 days out of 30 I'm in terrible burning sore pain.

There are bound to be several other factors at play here, but it seems to me that going back on the pill is worth a try. Especially as my pain is always better at the start of my period and worse towards the end of my period and just after. Seems there is something cyclical going on.

It certainly hasn't helped me much coming off.

And like Alana - my pain is nerve related so I can't imagine how or why the BC pill will make a difference but lets see.

I'm always confused at all the conflicting advice, for example, my pain is said to be just my nerves playing up, but nobody will recommend surgery or even a nerve block to give me some relief.

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Post  Alana3 on Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:26 pm

I seriously doubt it's just bc lots of women get v never have touched bc. It's just something else to blame you know. If it caused it why when we go off doesn't thr pain stop? There's absolutely no evidence just speculation. But everyone is different mine cant come back thank god but unless I wanted surgery every other month I have to be on bcps. But that being said if you had any weird unbalance or change with hormones wouldn't it stand to reason that vulvodynia could rear its ugly head? So maybe if it is to blame someone could be on the wrong pill who knows

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Re: Has Anyone Tried Evening Primrose Oil?

Post  uniqueblacksheep on Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:28 pm

I actually just started the Evening Primrose oil about a week ago and as you know it's hard to know in such a short time, but I do feel it might be helping. I will update in a few weeks as to how it's going. I am doing this with the combination of rinsing during urination to dilute my urine and also rinsing after. I no longer use toilet paper after urination, I only rinse, unless I am not at home. I am also using Acid Redux, so it's hard to tell which is helping the most, but the EP oil does seem to calm and lubricate which I think is a big help.

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