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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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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  kdh17 on Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:11 am

Hi! I'm new here. I'm 30 years old. I've had vulvodynia for 10 years, though it was only officially diagnosed 5 years ago. My symptoms started with recurrent yeast infections and progressed to pain. My symptoms react very strongly to certain foods. I made a tremendous improvement when I went gluten free 5 years ago and have kept strict to that diet ever since. My symptoms were fairly well controlled between diet, topical lidocaine, and antidepressants for about 4 years.

I went off birth control pills in fall 2012 and my symptoms immediately got bad again and the recurring yeast infections started immediately. My symptoms seem to react to hormonal changes. I had several months this summer where things got better, but I have been in a bad state again since September. I have been on numerous courses of diflucan, both the 250 mg for 3 days and 150 mg daily for 14 days. I cannot take any of the -azole products because they irritate my V so badly. To complicate matters my husband and I have been trying to conceive for many months which is next to impossible with my condition. Even when I do feel well enough to have sex it takes me forever to recover. I am also not able to take the medications my doctor would like me to because I am actively trying to get pregnant and they are not safe for pregnancy. I'm just so desperate at this point I don't know what to do.


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Post  alessandria on Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:46 pm

Many hugs your way, we all know what a tough condition this is to deal with! A quick question, have you tried physical therapy? I've had noticeable progress ever since my physician told me I constantly tense my pelvic floor, which is sometimes a learned response to things like really nasty infections. Absolutely nothing else had helped until I started working on the muscular issues, even though I had always previously been certain it was my skin that was the problem. Some women also experience a complete remission of vulvodynia after childbirth, so it is possible that it may help!

Do you have diagnosed yeast infections, or does it just look like yeast but without positive culture? One potential cause of vulvodynia is cytolytic vaginosis, which is due to an overabundance of acidophilus bacteria in the vaginal flora and a too-low vaginal pH. This will look EXACTLY like yeast discharge, but for a completely different reason. This can usually be alleviated by sitz baths, and failing that, vaginal suppositories to elevate the pH. One suggestive marker of CV is if your pain goes away with menstruation. If you do have positive yeast cultures though, make sure you've addressed all causes of recurrent yeast (get hemoglobin A1C assessed to see if diabetes could be a reason, for example). I know you've had this for 10 years though, have you fully explored all of those possibilities?


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