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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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NO PAIN DURING SEX

Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:18 am by rockylife

I HAVE NO PAIN DURING SEX, BUT I FEEL THIS BURNING SENSATION ALL DAY JUST BESIDE THE VAGINAL OPENING. DO I REALLY HAVE A VULVODYNIA? I'M CONFUSED.

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Newby not sure where to turn

Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:32 pm by Cerjo87

Hi this is all very new to me , well the talking about it bit is , the pain while having sex and also the uncomfortable feelings after and feeling like I have  sistitus most of the time I’m very used to , I’ve suffered for 7 years now I’m only 30 . Finally after all this time the doctors or should I say my gp has said I have Vulvodynia and have givin me gabapentin to try .i told her I’d …

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Looking for a friend..... and new problems

Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:38 pm by infinitelywondering

Hi everyone,

I hope you're doing well.

I hate to say this, but I feel beaten down and terribly alone. I had a vestibulectomy surgery about 6 months ago and I was absolutely praying it would work. It didn't.

6 months later and here I am, sitting on my bedroom floor crying my eyes out because I know I'll never be able to have painfree sex. I don't know what to do and just need a friend Sad



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Newbie to the site

Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:16 am by Ksa

Hello. Thank you for this wonderful site. I'm currently under the care of a dr in Phoenix that specializes in vaginal disorders. I will probably be on a suppository of estridol the rest of my life and I am currently on medications for a rare form of vaginitis that's pretty unheard of for my age. My vagina literally hates me. I've struggled with vulvadynia for 20 years, the duration of my …

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Vulvodynia from #metoo media coverage

Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:01 pm by dooleyhornberg

I am wondering if anyone else in this forum has experience an increase or flare up in their vulvodynia as a result of the coverage of the sexual abuse scandals in Hollywood, DC, and the recent gymnastics scandal. I have definitely had a flare up.

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So frustrating!!

Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:15 am by Hannah77

Well I'm back in pain after 7 years of pain free days.
I was diagnosed with vulvodynia when I was 17. I suffered for three years with horrible burning all day, painful sex with my boyfriend and just pure misery Sad I went into a spontaneous remission when I was 20. I'm still not sure how the pain stopped but all the sudden I could go an entire day without thinking of my vagina, sex started to …

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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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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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Post  Elc88 on Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:14 pm

I thought this might be a good place to ask, to try and draw from a wide pool of knowledge and experience. I feel like I've spent so much of the last 4 years researching problems in that part of the body, that I am sad I can't think to suggest anything to a friend who is also suffering from problems in one of our favourite areas!

My friend suffers from recurring UTI's every time she has intercourse, apparently every single time. Various tests show nothing, and several doctors say there is nothing that can be done. She seems to have accepted their diagnosis, as it's come from several different doctors.

My personal experience with doctors is that they often lack understanding about that part of the body, and I'm not entirely convinced they don't just think it doesn't matter because it's not a part of the body others can see, it's not killing us and it's not like it's stopping us from living our lives...

Anyway, I just wanted to ask. As I say, she gets a UTI every time, I don't know what tests she's had, but I'm scratching my head to think what might cause a UTI. Are there any others who've experienced this?

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Post  alessandria on Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:53 pm

If nothing has shown up positive on a urine culture, she should probably try to get a referral to a urogynecologist. UTIs tend to make themselves known in a few different ways, such that it'd be pretty hard to get a false negative. To me, I'd be concerned that this is interstitial cystitis rather than UTIs. IC can feel exactly like a UTI, and flares can definitely be provoked by sex (it isn't a condition I have, but I've read a lot about it and there are a few sufferers on this forum). Has she been worked up for IC yet? Best of luck to your friend!

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Re: Advice for a friend

Post  Alana3 on Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:56 am

It's called honeymoon cystitis and can be prevented by taking a low dose antibiotic before sex . Also she may wanna look into IC... tell her to go to a urologist

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Post  Leslieg on Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:14 am

My sister has this issue. It started when she started to date her current boyfriend.  She had a workup  done and nothing showed up.  Like Alana said, her doctor gave her a low dose antibiotic and she takes a pill each time she has intercourse.  She's been with him a while now and she thinks her body has adjusted to him and hopes to be able to stop taking them. Is your friend drinking lots of water and peeing right after sex?

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Post  Alana3 on Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:13 pm

And you should always pee after sex

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Post  Elc88 on Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:12 pm

Thanks for the suggestions guys - I'm afraid I don't know any more than I've said, I'd just like to be able to suggest something to her the next time I see her. I know how frustrating these problems are, and if there's anything I can suggest to stop someone else I know from having to put up with it, I want to investigate it.

I did wonder about cycstitis, but couldn't remember its name to ask if she'd been checked. She said she takes some over the counter antibiotic/product soon after, but sometimes doesn't get it in time, so it sounds like taking a pill before will help her. I will definitely suggest that one!

Thanks again!

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Re: Advice for a friend

Post  aspaceodyssey on Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:24 pm

I had this problem when I was regularly having sex. for me, drinking carbonated beverages (particularly soda) in the same time frame as sex would cause a UTI, so once I was careful about cutting back on soda the problem improved greatly. d-mannose powder is a good natural remedy and preventative for them, but that's assuming she's getting an actual infection. if it's something like interstitial cystitis I don't know if it would still help...hopefully she can find a way to avoid taking antibiotics constantly, because that really does a number on you.  Neutral 

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