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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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7 years later and life looks bleak :(

Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:50 am by RainyShay77

So 7 years ago I had a case of BV...the antibiotic caused a horrible yeast infection which took 5 months to 'get rid of'. During this time I had allergic reactions to 2 of the yeast infection creams which magnified the pain. Over the past 7 years I've tried multiple rounds of physical therapy (they only slightly helped), chiropractic, nerve blocks, medications to target nerve pain (amitriptyline, …

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Amtriptyline, baclofen, gabapentin cream for provoked vestibuldynia

Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:15 pm by WVR00

Hello,
Has anyone had success with this cream in helping their vulvodynia? How long has it taken to help? I’ve had some success with it, but not completely better. I’ve been on it for a month. I️ was hoping to hear from some ladies who have had major success with this cream. I’m hoping for some encouragement here. This condition is so frustrating. I’m lucky enough to have access to two …

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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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New diagnosis, any advice whilst I wait for a specialist

Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:47 pm by Julesyjules

Hi,

I'm new here and wanted to ask for some advice whilst I wait to see a specialist nurse.

After urinary problems which lasted 7 weeks, I finally saw a urologist, who on examination discovered significant inflammation and called in a gynaecologist, who diagnosed vestibulitis. They referred me to a nurse who specialises in vulvar skin issues. That was 5 weeks ago, and I'm still waiting for the …

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Vulvodynia help

Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:27 pm by Katiej

Hi guys new here and newly diagnosed. So I had bv and then after alot of antibiotics and home remedies I still continued to have weird symptoms despite swabs being negative. Two seperate gynes have told me I have vulvodynia as a result of the area being overwhelmed. So first gave me lidocaine which xidnt do much. No I am on amitriptyline for the past 5 days. Seems to be kicking in a little (im a …

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New w/ Secondary Provoked Vestibuldynia

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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Post  anon99 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:21 am

I am 22 years old and had been suffering with vulvodynia for over a year. I had been on birth control since 16 years old and had no issues with it...or so I thought. After a year of pain and discomfort (constant burning, stinging, fissures) and after countless trips to 7+ doctors and specialists, I myself found the cure to my own vulvodynia. I decided I was going to go as "natural" as positive in hopes to making myself more healthy. Therefore, I stopped taking all medicine, but Loestrin 24 was the only medicine I had been taking daily. In a month's time, my pain has finally gone away. I consider myself very blessed and am so thankful to have cured my vulvodynia. Doctors were telling me that it was something I was just going to have to live with but I just couldn't accept that answer so I kept searching for a cure. I think it takes a few weeks for the hormone levels to reduce and for your vaginal area to reduce in irritation and inflammation, so be patient, give it a month's time, and let your body heal. I will never go back on hormonal birth control ever again. The year with vulvodynia greatly affected the person I am, both emotionally and physically. I will pray for everyone reading this that they will find their cure.

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Post  anon99 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:22 am

Also, I would like say I have been pain free for 4 months now

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Post  Neevi on Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:31 am

I have a gynaecologist appointment for weds morning to get overall diagnoses but i have thought about coming off the pill to see if that helps at all.
Happy to hear it worked for you, helps me keep positive about curing it!
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Post  Alana3 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:54 am

Please dont tell people to stop taking meds. I absolutely have to be on bcps for endo and it didnt cause my pain. Remember everyone is different but until you go to med school you shouldn't be giving that advice. I'm glad you're pain free but that would cause a whole different level of hell for me. You're lucky that you had such an easy way of getting cured. Also remember different bcps do different things. I had one that gave me constant yeast infections so I switched. But please keep in mind you have no idea why someone might be on the pill its not always for sex. I have terrible periods and pain. If im not on the pill forget living I'll be in bed for 2 weeks of every month. Vulvodynia doesn't seems terrible then. At least for me. And there are other alternatives too I had surgery and I'm good to go. But like I said I'm happy you're cured but keep in mind sometimes you cant simply go off meds that easily.

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Post  anon99 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:13 pm

Alana3-
I was on birth control for endo as well. I would rather have 3 weeks free of pain per month than pain everyday. But that's just my opinion. I think you missed the point of my post-- this forum is a place to share your story so that is what I have done. Also it wasn't an easy cure. I cried every day for 14 months because I was miserable and was having no luck with other treatments. I shared my story in hopes to possibly help another woman reading this forum; that they would talk to their doctor about the possibility of birth control being the cause and consider going off of it.

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Post  Alana3 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:20 pm

I just dont like hearing oh hey I got off bcps and you should too was my point. Like I said glad it worked for.you. and that its way broader than no more hormones. If you have endo how do you deal now? Most girls with endo cant ditch bc and be good, but again if you can great.

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Post  anon99 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:34 pm

Alana3-
For me, it was as simple as the hormones I was putting in my body were hurting me. I just wanted to share my personal story, find support, and support others. Best of luck to you.

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Post  Alana3 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:01 pm

Ok but that doesnt answer how you're managing your endo now. Did you get surgery? Im all for getting off the pill esp if theres a way to manage endo.

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Post  mary jane on Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:21 pm

it makes sense they don't work for everyone, I was on yasmin for only 3 mo. last year and one day I just woke up with sowllen vestibular glands!!!! My vulva was swollen as well, the glands l=felt like bulging veins, luckily then they dissapeared after taking naproxen !
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Post  Alana3 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:38 pm

And you're sure that's from bcps? Naproxen is an anti inflamatory so that makes sense it would go away. Also remember that different pills work for different people so the one that works for me may not be right for you. And vice versa. I'm just not a fan of hearing oh get off your pill and you'll feel better because it's not true for everyone. That was my point. Nothing more.

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Post  mary jane on Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:01 pm

yes, I'm sure it was from the birth control. It was my first time ever taking them and I did not do anything else to cause such bizarre symptoms.
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Post  mary jane on Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:02 pm

I was on them for 3 months only. I was fine after I stopped taking them
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Post  Alana3 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:16 pm

Yeah any medicine can cause weird stuff thats why theres so many I'm allergic to tylenol thats why I take advil

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Post  Fingerscrossed on Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:31 pm

I've been on birth control (in various forms) since I was 18 and I'm about to turn 24. I asked my doctor, a pelvic pain specialist in Louisville, KY, about stopping birth control and he disagrees with the idea of stopping. In his mind, the pills help you to not have pain because they control your cycle. I'm actually on continuous birth control now and don't think it's made things worse. I have been scheduled for a vestibulectomy on Dec 17. If that doesn't work, I'll probably try getting off all my pills. I think my nerves are the issue, though I cannot compare sex on pills vs. off them. I've been on birth control for as long as I've been sexually active.

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Post  Alana3 on Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:56 pm

I lived in lex for four years if its nerves the vestibulectomy will help

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Post  A2015 on Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:52 am

@anon99, your experience is almost identical to what I experienced in 2012.
Was on the Pill (Microgynon), suffered for over a year with Vestibulitis, countless trips to doctors none of whom suggested coming off the Pill. In desperation, I did, and within a month, all my symptoms had gone away completely.

However, in 2015 (having not been on hormonal birth control since, as I also swore I would never go on it ever again), I got a Yeast & BV infection and it has triggered Vestibulitis just as it was before.

I just wanted to comment to advise being gentle with your body, as I thought I would never have any problems again (I was so completely cured) and thought I was resilient to infections/VVS returning. I never had to question why coming off the Pill worked, as I assumed it was hormonal, but this time, it doesn't appear to be. Be well.

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Post  sailor_moon on Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:15 am

All my problems started when I came OFF birth control...and when I went back on it to see if it would fix me it didn't. I think the pill has screwed up my hormones to the extreme that 2 years later I still only get a period once every 3 months.
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