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Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:46 am by Jma990o

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» I'm new to this forum and would love some advice! :)
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» I think I know what causes vulvodynia-it's the memory of pain
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:24 pm by foxysugarpants

New here would very much appreciate advice at the end of my rope

Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:09 pm by Jma990o

This might be a little long but it's been such a long time I've even been able to talk about my problems openly thank you in advance for any helpful advice.
So ok I'm 24 I've been having this problem for over two years seen quite a few doctors and obgyns alike and nobody will take me seriously I have had a few utis and yeast infections and even bv once and this all started after one of the utis …

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Diagnosed Recently

Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:55 pm by flissyg

Hi All,

I’m so glad I’ve found a place where there are others who understand how I feel!

So this is my story:-

I’m 36,  and 4 months ago, whilst innocently sitting in bed reading I experienced a very sharp stabbing pain in my clitoris. It last only a few minutes and then subsided as quickly as it came on. It put it down to “one of those things”.  The following morning I woke up …

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Looking for suggestions or encouragement

Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:10 am by ryn207

Hi there. I'm 25 and have been dealing with this for over a year and a half and I'm really starting to lose hope this will ever stop.

In July of 2016 I had a yeast infection. When Monistat didn't work I went to my gynecologist who prescribed Diflucan. When the itching didn't stop she retested me and found that my yeast infection was gone, but I now had a bacterial infection. After taking the …

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New and need advice and help

Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:26 pm by Cin124

Hi everyone,

About three months ago, I started having vaginal and vulval itching. Then, about two months ago, my vulva started to feel painful and look swollen, so I went to the doctor. I was tested for herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea which all came back negative. I also had to do a vaginal swab test and the only thing that came back positive was yeast infection. I was prescribed hydrozole …

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I'm new to this forum and would love some advice! :)

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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Hello. Happy to have found this group.

Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:01 pm by foxysugarpants

I am new here and hope to gain some insight into my vulva pain. I suffered for a long time not realizing that there are ways to feel better. I saw the Dr. yesterday and I am starting P/T pelvic and valium suppositories. queen

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Had this for 5 years, looking for people who understand

Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:46 pm by blackberrie

Hey all. I'm really struggling to find anyone in real life who can really understand what I'm going through. I've had vestibulodynia for 5 years now and I'm single. Obviously it has completely affected how I approach dating and sex and the fact that I can't really talk to people irl about it has made me feel very lonely. I've found that a lot of the women who have this problem are married and …

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Anyone have pain with urination?

Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:35 pm by mertzwl

Hi everyone - I can't believe I've been dealing with this for almost 10 years and an appointment scheduler at a urogyn office is the one to suggest I look into vulvodynia. Honestly, I don't care, I just thankful I might have an answer.

I have pain in one specific spot right around the urethral opening so it always coincides with urinating (it's not a uti). Does anyone else deal with pain …

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Diagnosed recently, looking for advice

Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:51 am by Cloudberry

Hi everyone,

I'm so glad I found this forum! I was diagnosed with vulvodynia/vulvar vestibulitis (still not sure about the difference between all the different terms) a couple of months ago and I could do with some advice. This is probably going to be a lot of text because I just want to get everything off my chest, so please bear with me.

I’m a woman in my late 20s. Before getting diagnosed …

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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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Re: Stop taking your birth control!

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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Re: Stop taking your birth control!

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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