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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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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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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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New and need some help

Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:30 pm by LindafromNJ

New to this site ad trying to figure out how it works.  I am trying to post as a new member so I am hoping this goes thru.  I am a senior adult and have just been diagnosed by the Drexil Vaginitis Center to have vulvodynia along with Vestibulitis (not sure if spelled correctly).  My symptoms are vaginal burning, itching, soreness around the vaginal opening with one spot in particular.  Some …

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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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Success! Estradiol/Testosterone compound cream

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Success! Estradiol/Testosterone compound cream

Post  daisiesfordays on Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:16 am

Hi all,
I developed VVS after taking low estrogen birth control. I didn't even know I had developed it (always skipped the sugar pills so I didn't get my period) until I had a yeast infection. Like many others, it took me about 5 tries to find a doctor to help me (message me if you want the details, he is on the west coast).
First, we tried estrogen cream. Estrace, to be exact. He gave me samples so I wouldn't have to purchase it. Smile That helped probably... 70%.
Then, I took spironolactone for acne. Was on it literally for a day, before my v started freaking out. Sad I was having pelvic floor spasms and it was super dry down there (when I look back, there was a decrease in my acne the following day after I took my first birth control pill. Sounds weird, but I am ODDLY sensitive to hormones.). I went and saw him, he said I am having PFD from all the pain my poor vestibule had been in. It was also a lot more red and "angry" (my word, not his) than when I had come in 3 weeks ago. I got prescribed some valium suppositories. He also mentioned that if I don't improve, we will have to consider surgery (really don't want a scalpel there). So I did a lot of research...
It just seemed weird to me that the Spironolactone had caused that, the only thing would be that I had super duper low amounts of free testosterone in my body! I managed to convince the office to write me a prescription for estradiol/ testosterone cream.  Twisted Evil It was only 42$ (last week I had spent $102 on my v, appointment + valium sups... yeah my insurance sucks and won't even cover compounds) and that is a small price to pay as compared to how much I had already spent!
It just seemed weird to me that the Spironolactone had caused that, the only thing would be that I had super duper low amounts of free testosterone in my body! So naturally, I threw that orange container of those bad boys away.
I started using the estradiol/testosterone cream. The first night, it was super red and uncomfortable, but the cream helped soothe the area.
Within 3 days, my vestibule looked completely normal! I've been poking and prodding it and there isn't even any ounce of discomfort.  Shocked 
Now, I just have to deal with my secondary vaginismus that stemmed from this whole 6 month journey. Crazy how more doctors aren't educated in it, especially when they keep telling you to put more irritating things down there! Ugh. Obviously I can't take birth control ever again, or clearly anything hormonal for my face, but I'll trade some zits and oiliness for the hell (quite literally, fiery) that I endured. Wishing luck to all you strong ladies!!! I love you 


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Testosterone receptors

Post  Sarah2993 on Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:13 pm

Hello! I'm glad the compound cream works for you - that's what has worked for me. I actually have/had 2 separate issues - vulvodynia, and chronic fissuring. I had surgery for the vulvodynia (vestibulectomy), which helped immensely. But my skin down there was/is incredibly fragile - my doctor said that when she was trying to stitch me up during the surgery, pieces of my skin would literally just tear off. So, I use a testosterone/estriadol compound cream to treat that, and I don't have those fissures anymore!

My doctor said that it's likely because my testosterone receptors in that area of the body are faulty. I wonder if this might also be the issue for you. The way I understand it, you can think of testosterone receptors as vacuum cleaners. The body has various vacuums throughout, one of which is located at/near the vagina. So even though there is plenty of testosterone (T) being produced by the body, the vacuum at the vagina isn't working properly to actually pick up enough T. Your hormone levels on a blood test would be just fine (my T is elevated by 1 point, even) because it isn't a T production issue - it's a T receptor issue.

My doctor thinks this was caused by BC pills too. Just thought I'd share because I think it's interesting!


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