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Fri May 27, 2016 6:50 am by Lucci


I was diagnosed with Vaginismus and Vulvar Vestibulitis 10 years ago. I was 18 and scared and moving across the country for college, but luckily was able to find a doctor who specialized in 'Women's Health' who immediately put me into physical therapy. Long story short, I've been in and out of the system ever since.

A few years into treatment, I had the diagnosis of PTSD added on for …

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Clitoris Issues

Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:17 pm by January

I am going crazyyy trying to figure out what's wrong. Please does anyone else have an issue similar to mine? I'm only 22. So, basically when my clit is lightly rubbed, there is no feeling. However, when rubbed vigorously and directly, the burning and tingling sensations shoot down my legs and feet as if coming to the end of an orgasm but with no good feeling leading up. It's so strange. What …

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Cured of Vulvodynia

Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:39 am by angelique2016

I used to post on this forum a long time ago and told everyone of how I was cured of my vulvodynia by a (Melbourne Australia) female dermatologist, she put me on very low doses of Nortriptyline (Allergron) for pain management about 10mgs I believe it was, and she also had me use Advantan Fatty Ointment (not the cream) (although I saw the cream for sale on ebay from germany) so it might help, as …

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Vulvodynia and IVF? Anyone done this? What does it do to the vulvadynia?

Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:03 am by Carolyn4

Hi everyone,

I have had vulvodynia since age 27--I am now 43 and it has been in pretty good remission.  I control it with acupuncture and herbs, and some cranial sacral therapy.  I have a 5 year old, had a pretty uneventful pregnancy which ended in a c-section.  My VV worsened after that, and I have worked hard to get it back under control (it took over a year to get it back into pretty good …

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Partial Vestibulectomy

Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:44 pm by JGD13

Hi all i am new here.
I had a partial vestibulectomy 21/7 for my provoked vulvodynia.
After a painful few days and feeling quite uncomfortable it seemed to get better. 1 week after i noticed some white stuff and gloopy discharge, it wasnt smelly or itchy but i got a check up at the gp surgery and the doctor said the stitches looked fine and i could just have a touch of thrush. He said this is …

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Post Vestibulectomy

Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:15 pm by infinitelywondering


I had my vestibulectomy (full) about a day and a half ago. I was very sick and poorly just after the op and experienced intense pain down there Sad

However, today I came home and have done the following things:

-washed with warm water
-applied manuka honey to the area
-ensured I wash at least 3 times a day and dab the area dry gently
-use frozen peas to stop the swelling

As of now I am …

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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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Anyone from the PNW?

Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:54 am by jungleclover

I'm located near Portland and I would be really cool to actually meet someone with this issue. I think my roommate in college technically had this problem. She had an overgrown hymen removed and can't deal with penetration as a result. But she is gay so it seems like it hasn't been a huge problem for her (although we didn't talk about it much so there was possibly more to it than she let on). …

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Constant pain, I want to die.

Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:29 am by Meggiemay

I posted on here a few years ago but my symptoms went away with the inflammation. I didn't get so lucky this time.

For over three months, i've had terrible rawness, burning, soreness in the urethral/vestibule area and pressure/hypersensitivity in the clitoral area. I've also had some lower abdominal pressure and burning on my butt. I can barely walk! My gyno hasn't been much help. I'm on …

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Post  orchid27 on Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:20 am

I have suffered with pain for over 7 years. I married an amazing man 3 months ago who has been with me since before the pain started. I have provoked vestibulitis and underwent a vestibulectomy last week. The recovery is smoother than I expected, but what I didn't expect is the emotional toll. I am afraid my surgery will fail, I'm afraid I will will have to have another surgery if this one doesn't work. I am most affected by the ups and downs of the recovery; one day I feel great, the next day I feel like total crap. Lying in bed all day alone for a week is taking it's toll. I made a blog to try to help other women know what to expect who end up having the surgery, but sometimes I could really use some extra encouragement. My blog is at privatepainsupport. wordpress. com if you want to know about the surgery and recovery. Words of wisdom and encouragement would be such a help. I just want to smile again.


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Post  Leslieg on Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:48 pm

Hi Orchid,
I hope you are feeling better today. I feel like the emotional toll of this might be worse than the physical pain for a lot of us. You are not alone in your emotional ups and downs. I struggle with this as well even after 5 years. My coping skills seem to be depleted. However, when my downs get severe I am forced to dig really deep within and somehow rally again. This is not easy, but we all have reserve somewhere. Allow yourself some time to feel bad about it.....you have every right. Then do something that you enjoy. I have different issues than you so I cannot offer specific advice. I just wanted to write and wish you well. I hope and pray for you that the surgery is the answer.

It's frustrating that so many of the websites re: V state that there is no cure. I would love to have the time, ambition and power to change that. Whenever I read that in a piece of literature I just want to flip off my computer :-0! It just isn't true and none of us should give up in finding our own cure. So many success stories I've read have happened 'by accident or by chance'. I hope/wish the medical field would pay attention to this.

You are an incredibly strong woman and will get through this. Try to stay positive and do whatever you need to feel happy and warm inside. You are healing. The smile is still there!


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Re: New and Feeling Down...

Post  Fingerscrossed on Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:14 pm

I had a vestibulectomy on Dec 17 for provoked vestibulitis, so I understand how you're feeling. You might even be feeling great now! I'm slightly past the three week mark and have been feeling wonderful. I was very tired of lying down all the time too because I wanted to move around and leave home. Unfortunately, I live right on a hill, so I can't really walk anywhere. If I go up the hill, I have to walk down and visa versa. I would also not recommend taking stairs for a while, even at the three week mark. I did my second checkup yesterday with my doctor and he said I shouldn't be doing that yet, after I told him I walked up three flights to get to the office because I wanted to get some exercise. He said that everything looked good and that I need to keep taking sitz baths, which I hate doing because it feels weird.

I have also been feeling those same concerns about the surgery not working. I've been told there is a 20% chance that the surgery won't work. When I was lying in the hospital bed by myself before the surgery, I started crying because I was afraid it was all going to be for naught and I felt so lonely. I know that if it doesn't work, I'm going to cry a lot and my husband probably will too because we want to be a normal sex crazed couple. Botox is super expensive and typically isn't covered by insurance. Even if it doesn't work, there are other options. I've thought about doing chiropractics because I've had back surgery and thought that perhaps I had a pinched nerve.

I hope you're feeling better!


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Re: New and Feeling Down...

Post  orchid27 on Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:59 pm

Thank you ladies! I just wanted to update and say I am doing better. I had a q tip test at my 4 week appointment with no pain! I am working with the dilators now with poor success and am having some struggle with physical therapy. Just trying to remind myself that it is a journey. I get so lonely being home all day by myself. I wish there was a face to face support group! Emailing back and forth with others has been extremely helpful though mentally. All your stories are so similar to mine, it is comforting knowing I am not the only one dealing with this.


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Re: New and Feeling Down...

Post  Alana3 on Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:06 pm

Yeah I had a vestibulectomy last year trust me what youre feeling is all normal!!!!


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