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I'M NEW - Do I listen to my gyno who I feel has it wrong?

Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:17 pm by Tunes25


I am a 25 year old woman and wanted to share my story here as I feel frustrated by the suggestions of my gyno and am hoping for some advice.

To give the context for this: in September 2016 I moved in with my long term boyfriend after living abroad a year and (nearly) abstaining from sex. Within a few weeks I had got a yeast infection which I treated myself successfully, but then 2 weeks …

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I cured myself 100% of vulvodynia twenty years ago--I hope this helps someone

Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:33 pm by totallycured


Every so often I'm reminded of the constant, persistent, horrible pain I was in two decades ago, and I reach out to try to help others who are suffering. If someone had offered me a solution during that terrible time, I'd have jumped at it. I hope this helps someone.

Yes, I did have terrible vulvodynia. It felt like someone poured acid all over my vulva. My doctor confirmed it and was …

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Hi Im from Australia :)

Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:08 am by emma

Hi girls... I live in Australia.
I am currently undergoing a new treatment for vulvodynia. Just wondering if anyone else here has tried it. It's Endep in the form of cream to apply directly on the area. I dont know if anyone else has tried this but so far evidently it has had a 50% success rate.
Anyway i feel at a loss. This new treatment is exciting but at the same time i just dont feel like …

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Somebody please help me...

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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Lidocaine with condoms?

Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:44 pm by AEM1

Hi everyone! My doctor just prescribed me a topical lidocaine to administer before sex, but I forgot to ask if it is okay to use with condoms. Has anyone else used this before and know it is safe to use with condoms? Thanks! Very Happy
Unrelated, but I just started Lyrica a few weeks ago...no changes yet, but I'm hopeful something will come out of it. 3 years with vulvodynia and unable to have sex …

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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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Recently Diagnosed which has motivated my research study

Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:54 pm by ebclose2free

Hi everyone,

My name is Eliza Barach and I was diagnosed with vulvodynia in October of 2017. I'm also PhD student at the State University of New York at Albany. I work several professors at SUNY, but one in particular, Dr. Mitch Earleywine researches marijuana and its possible efficacy as an alternative treatment. Our previous examined cannabis and symptoms of PMS/PMDD and found that women …

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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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New and desperate for advice

Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:37 pm by srbry

Hi everyone,

I'm new here and was told to find a support group because this is all getting a bit much really...

I lost my virginity when I was 18 and it hurt - that was normal. Loads of women had told me that it hurt so that was fine I didn't question that. I was with the same guy for a couple of months and each time after that it was uncomfortable and not great. I didn't tell him because I …

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Post  Rose86 on Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:53 pm

Hi all,

Quick question - have any of you had any success using pregabalin or gabapentin to treat vestibulodynia? My gynae wants me to go on pregabalin but I only have localised provoked pain and can't find any evidence to suggest it works for this. I'm not prepared to go on a drug with side effects if it's never worked for anyone!



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Re: Pregabalin/gabapentin

Post  Alana3 on Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:38 pm

I used it for provoked but it didn't work for me but you don't know until you try. You can always get off it there shouldn't be lasting side effects so once you wean off you should be OK. But if it works that would be cool.


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Re: Pregabalin/gabapentin

Post  alessandria on Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:55 pm

The only clinical trial examining pregabalin for vulvodynia was discontinued due to low enrollment, so there are no real studies on whether it is effective or not (there are anecdotal reports of people getting better on it, but mostly in the case of generalized and unprovoked). As far as gabapentin goes, there is a multicenter trial underway right now in the US to see whether it is effective specifically for provoked vulvodynia. There is evidence to suggest it works well in people with generalized and unprovoked vulvodynia, at the very least. However, unprovoked and provoked are thought to be caused by different mechanisms, so what works to treat one might not help the other. There just isn't a ton of data, which means it might work, it might not. Both of those drugs have been under a lot of fire lately for not actually being helpful in a ton of different pain disorders, despite prevalent off-label use. Doctors have been prescribing them for plenty of things under the rationale that you never know until you try, but it has ended up hurting people. So...a lot will come down to whether you feel like its potential risks are worth it, and that's a personal call.

A question, how has physio been going? Did you end up getting botox? I think as long as you have noticeable pelvic floor dysfunction, I'd continue working on that -- it DEFINITELY can be a huge cause of provoked pain in particular, and it's hands down the best route to go with if side effects are a big concern of yours. If you are not super concerned about side effects, then the drugs could totally help out and should be up for consideration. Good luck!!


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Re: Pregabalin/gabapentin

Post  Rose86 on Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:26 pm

Hi! Yeah the gabapentin study came up in one of my searches, but god knows when we'll see the results of that one! As for the Botox, I didn't go down that route in the end, my new gynae doesn't seem keen on it. But I'm certainly keeping my mind open to it. As for the physio, I've been using a biofeedback machine and dilators since October and haven't noticed any change in my vestibule pain, even though my resting tone in my pf muscles has gone down. I'm still unable to relax the pf muscles when I'm thinking about something else though so maybe that's the problem. I'm reluctant about gabapentin and pregabalin because of the side effects, however I would be prepared to try topical gaba/pregabalin if I could get it prescribed in the UK. I'll be asking my gynae at the next appointment if it's an option.


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Re: Pregabalin/gabapentin

Post  JemimaSurrender on Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:12 pm

I used Pregabalin for about eighteen months I think, and for a decent portion of that I did seem to be considerably better and sex was almost bearable, but it did return eventually. I am now on Gabapentin, and have been for about six months and have had no success so far!

I did see a consultant today and he said they rarely work for the kind that I have as it's for nerve pain rather than provoked. Another success for the NHS then, thanks guys!


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Re: Pregabalin/gabapentin

Post  Rose86 on Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:41 pm

Hi Jemima,

You say the pregabalin worked for a bit - do you have localised provoked pain of the vestibule or something else? Also how did you find the side effects and also coming off it at the end? x


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