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Today at 4:43 pm by Katiej

» How I cured my Vulvodynia!
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» Amitriptyline given for vulvodyina pain
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:33 pm by WVR00

» Needing some reassurance
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:28 pm by Katiej

» Amitriptyline Success and new-found love
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» New diagnosis, any advice whilst I wait for a specialist
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» Vestibulectomy today and no pain
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» MY STORY & Vestibulectomy 2/8/17
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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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New diagnosis, any advice whilst I wait for a specialist

Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:47 pm by Julesyjules

Hi,

I'm new here and wanted to ask for some advice whilst I wait to see a specialist nurse.

After urinary problems which lasted 7 weeks, I finally saw a urologist, who on examination discovered significant inflammation and called in a gynaecologist, who diagnosed vestibulitis. They referred me to a nurse who specialises in vulvar skin issues. That was 5 weeks ago, and I'm still waiting for the …

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Vulvodynia help

Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:27 pm by Katiej

Hi guys new here and newly diagnosed. So I had bv and then after alot of antibiotics and home remedies I still continued to have weird symptoms despite swabs being negative. Two seperate gynes have told me I have vulvodynia as a result of the area being overwhelmed. So first gave me lidocaine which xidnt do much. No I am on amitriptyline for the past 5 days. Seems to be kicking in a little (im a …

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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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Newly diagnosed

Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:37 pm by Brevispink

Hello everyone. I have recently been diagnosed with unprovoked vulvodynia and would really appreciate some advice and support. I have had a chronic urine infection for 16 months and was on antibiotics for 9 of those months. I have been very uncomfortable for the entire time, but now I have absolutely unbearable stinging and burning all day with itching too. The infection has just about gone, …

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Recent "Poke" Pain - So Confused/Losing My Mind

Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:26 am by kelseybeth23

Long Story, but I am losing my mind and getting really depressed, so if I tell the full story maybe someone can help me.

Back in August I started to get an itch down there. Normally, in the past, when this would happen, I would change the way I wore my clothes, take more baths instead of showers, and use Monistat. This time, after about two weeks of no relief, I started to get concerned. I was …

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Does anyone else experience this?

Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:21 pm by Angelmegs

Hi— im new here. Im incredibly desperate so if anyone has any suggestions i would greatly appreciate it. Im a 20 year old female with vulvodynia and vaginismus. I was on the birth control pill (junel fe lo estrin) from age 13-18 because of severe menstrual pain. I used the xulane patch for a few months when i was 18 but eventually stopped BC altogether because it interferes with my med for …

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Post Full Vestibulectomy - 5 Years Later - Please Read

Tue May 02, 2017 6:18 pm by jen007

Hi All,

It's been awhile since I've written a new topic on the forum. Wondering if any of the same ladies are still here. I've come back to update you all on my post vestibulectomy results. I can't remember if I've done an update on my current state, so forgive me if this is repeated information... I can't remember how to view my old posts! Anyway, let me get on with my update.

For 4 years post …

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Do you ever worry that you're making it up?

Fri May 27, 2016 6:50 am by Lucci

Hello,

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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Need opinions on birth control pill

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Need opinions on birth control pill

Post  Delilah1 on Wed May 07, 2014 6:00 pm

Hello ladies. My daughter is 20 years old and in a loving and serious relationship. She is telling me she wants to go on the birth control pill. She is a virgin and has never used any kind of contraception. Having V myself, it worries me that she could develop it. I have read the theories that perhaps the pill contributes to the onset of V for some women. I have never used oral contraceptives myself. Does anyone have any opinions or advice? Would an IUD be better?

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Post  Alana3 on Wed May 07, 2014 6:29 pm

An IUD isn't really recommended for women who haven't had babies yet. Plus they are excruciating to put in. They are however good if you have endo, adeno, etc., but can still be prone to infection! And if you haven't had a kid, they can be expelled by your uterus. Hence the reason I would never in a million years get one. Most 20 year olds don't have them.

It's not really proven that birth control can be a contributing factor to vulvodynia, I know plenty of women who aren't on it and have v. Take her to a specialist who has an interest in vulvodynia and see what they recommend. If you don't even know if she has vulvodynia, you could be stressing out over absolutely nothing.

I would just go to a doctor and see what they say. A doctor would know way better than anyone on here. I've been on bcps since I was 14 but have had pain since I was 3. I love the pill for the most part. But I also don't have vulvodynia anymore.

Also, just to add these are THEORIES. There is absolutely NO evidence whatsoever that states this is true. I just read an article that said that even discontinued, women still had pain. I wouldn't put on your daughter what happened to you, you are two different people. Go to a medical professional and get their advice.

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Re: Need opinions on birth control pill

Post  Delilah1 on Wed May 07, 2014 9:21 pm

Thanks for your advice, Alana. I love my daughter so much and I never want her to have to deal with this horrible condition. It takes so much from you. It steals your self esteem, womanhood, confidence....not to mention just dealing with the pain everyday! It affects every part of your life. we all know- we've all been there and dealt with all of the same issues. I talked to my vulvodynia specialist. She said there is no direct evidence that oral contraceptives cause V. She said some of the experts believe there is a connection and some don't. Guess I just needed to hear what my fellow V sisters felt. Thanks

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Re: Need opinions on birth control pill

Post  alessandria on Thu May 08, 2014 6:07 am

Alana, some reading for you on IUDs real quick, because I think it's important for you to know: http://bedsider.org/features/243 . There are a LOT of myths out there about IUDs that I wish people got to hear more about, because they're actually great options. They're hugely prescribed around the world to women of all ages, and often a favorite method of birth control in terms of low systemic dose of hormones, great prevention of pregnancy, and lower risk for people who can't take the OCP (clotting disorders, migraines with aura, sexual effects, etc). They're actually awesome for a lot of things, and more and more used by young people. Many of my friends have Mirena, and a couple now have Skyla as well (we're all in our 20s, no one has kids yet, not one of us has had a nightmare experience with it!). There are some drawbacks to the Paragard in terms of causing more bleeding than baseline for some women, but I think Mirena is very well-tolerated by most. I had a Mirena prior to all of my V issues, and actually thought insertion/removal weren't anywhere close to the level of pain I had on a daily basis when my V was at its worst.

The OCP discontinuation is NOT a curative factor, but rather a "do no further harm" kind of thing, even if you ask the experts who believe the OCP instigates vulvodynia. Sadly, removing the cause doesn't mean you can reverse what has happened -- there's a whole chain of events that happen downstream of the cause. It's kind of like how you should stop smoking if you have lung cancer -- you'd still have the lung cancer, but you'd take away something causing it to progress more quickly or become refractory to treatment. There's good evidence that vaginal dermis changes with the OCP even in normal women, the question is whether that's a contributory factor or unrelated. Multiple subsets of V likely do not even have hormones as a cause, but regardless, why not remove a possible contributory factor if there is a safe and effective equivalent that definitely doesn't play a role? Women do not get better in this case from just going off the pill, but they stop provoking the feedback loop that keeps the tissues in a relative hormone deficient state (increasing SHBG). Topical hormone replacement is indicated for hormone-dependent V, not going off the OCP alone. The verdict is still out, but the verdict is still out on EVERYTHING in vulvodynia other than vestibulectomy. That's not to say that the hypothesized factors don't play a role, or that certain treatments do or don't work, just that we don't know what works and for who, and there aren't a lot of great tests to figure out who will benefit most from what.

So going back to the original question! It's up to your expert whether they want to try a hormonal therapy for your daughter. There are a lot of reasons people go on the OCP, but if she is solely on it for birth control purposes, there is no reason an IUD shouldn't work. I hope things improve!

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Re: Need opinions on birth control pill

Post  Alana3 on Thu May 08, 2014 1:14 pm

Yeah, I'm good, doctor has way too much control over my body. With a pill, I can stop taking it at any time, with that, if they don't feel like pulling it, they wont. No thanks. Most people I talk to say you have continuous bleeding for 6 months to a year. I guess if you don't have endo it would work but nope, no way in hell. Frequent infections are not my bag. Plus there is just the concept of something unnatural being in your body for 5 years. That just sounds wrong to me. I've read enough to know that if you frequently get diagnosed with yeast and/or BV its not for you. And I get those infections all the time.

I'd say the pill or whatever you decide is a personal choice, if she doesn't have v than why not go for it? Just because you have it does not mean she will. Especially since there is absolutely no evidence saying that there is a link. If not 18k for a new vagina that was worth it haha... I hate being a medical rat.

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Re: Need opinions on birth control pill

Post  alessandria on Thu May 08, 2014 4:02 pm

Alana, sorry, I didn't mean for you!! I think you have a uniquely complicated case because of the endo (and obviously it's up to you and your team what you feel is a good match for you!) I just wanted to make sure you knew the facts about IUDs regarding their safety, pain, etc, even if you have decided based on your other condition that they're not right for you. I don't want people to walk away thinking that the IUD is not an option for vulvodynia by itself, because that limits options in a way I don't think is necessary. I cannot even take the OCP safely because of other conditions I have without risking getting a stroke, and considering 10% of women are in the same boat (have a history of migraines with aura), I want people to know there is still a safe and effective birth control method out there for us and that a lot of what people think about IUDs is wrong. I think you and your doctors will know what's best for you, and no one should tell you otherwise. There are a lot of factors in medical history and on exam that can make IUD vs. OCP the better choice, but those are all readily apparent within a doctor's visit. For a lot of us with V though, there aren't any of those factors and the choice is left up to us about what kind of contraception we go for, so having the facts straight going into that discussion is good!

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Re: Need opinions on birth control pill

Post  Alana3 on Thu May 08, 2014 6:38 pm

That's why I always say go to a medical doctor. No one knows what's good for anyone really, especially if they haven't been yet and don't even have the disease. For most people, most of this stuff works just fine, for us, well that's another problem haha. IUD's aren't wrong, but I was just saying, (like the pill) they aren't for everyone and was just saying stuff I have heard about why a young girl whos never had sex may not be the best candidate. Yes, they are deemed safe and effective, but sometime's that's not the way to go. Nuva ring and the patch are also other options. For me, the ring isn't an option because I'd be freaked it would do something to my vulvodynia, but my friend loves hers. So it's always something and a person's best bet is to go to a doctor, ask as many questions as possible, weigh the options and go from there!  Very Happy 

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