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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

Hello!

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

Hi,

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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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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Bloke looking for advice.

Post  Ben on Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:28 pm

Hi All

My first forum thingy so not sure of the etiquette. let my know if i'm posting in the wrong place or suchlike.

I'm just a little lost and looking for some help here, lots of info out there but nothing for partners and what i have read seems rather negative.

So anyways, i'm 30 and my lovely lady is 27 and although only recently been diagnosed she has been going through this for a couple of years. Unfortunately being passed around from pillar to post by Doctors until a specialist in New York finally got it right.

Just knowing makes such a difference and we can now focus on working through this. we met almost a year ago and sadly i've been dragged away to Australia for a few months so have been doing the long distance thing. The fire is definitely burning bright, and i'm as supportive as i can possible be from 9000 miles. i just know that we will both get through this. We're back together in a week and boy i can't wait.....

The things i wanna know i guess is - i'm really worried about hurting her and it worries me so much. I really want our love making to be a gentle, sexy, positive thing that we both look forward to. i know there will be failures and triumphs along the way but it seems that a lot of things i've read suggests the blokes libido dies. (I guess it can really knock a guys mojo for things to keep ending in pain. Blokes don't want to inflict pain or discomfort on the one they love the most). So, have any of you got any tricks up your sleeves or suggestions. i was thinking maybe oral sex with ice-cream could be a goer? good / bad? are there any lubes that work the best? do some positions hurt less if we try ? We've tried making love before but it was too painful. but she has been going to regular Physical therapy and there's a glimmer of hope there, and we're going to try. All i really want is, not to make unnecessary mistakes like some other chaps, and for us to both still have fun as we work our way through this.

So any advice is really appreciated.

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Re: Bloke looking for advice.

Post  Sarah001 on Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:55 pm

Hi Ben, welcome to the forum. I think the reason nobody's answered the post is because it's really difficult to give you very precise advice. As we're all different, some women on here can tolerate sex but most can't, it's impossible to tell you what position to use etc. Basically you and your girlfriend need to work through positions to see what works, if anything. There is a product called lidocaine which numbs the area and it can be applied a few minutes before sex but again not all women can stand the actual lidocaine on the area and of course if the man gets it on him he won't be able to feel anything either.

Lubes are essential but again it's very individual as to which ones suit. I think the female probably loses her sex drive more often than the male as pain is never going to be a turn on. The two of you need to work together to figure out what she can stand and what she can't but a word of caution to your lady friend, if she feels pain with something it's not worth doing it or it will make the pelvic floor spasm which results in even more pain so penetrative sex might be out for now.

Ice cream may or may not be ok, probably a plain ice cube in your mouth would be better as ice cream contains sugar which can cause a yeast infection and cream which is alkaline so may alter the ph of the area and cause more problems. Really it's a case of trial and error between the two of you but avoid anything painful even it means a temporary halt to sex in any form while your girlfriend works through physical therapy.

That's the best advice I can offer I'm afraid, not very precise but I hope the two of you can work through this.
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Re: Bloke looking for advice.

Post  naomi on Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:37 am

I wish my ex was as thoughtful as you!...hence the reason he's an ex Smile

I can't really speak for your other half but I'll tell you how I felt with regards to sex etc living with this condition...

I loved the hugs but felt I constantly on my guard and uneasy if started kissing as I knew it would lead onto other things. I would tell him this beforehand then he'd push his luck, then id complain and then have a massive guilt trip over it. So maybe make things clear if you are having a cuddle etc just to make her feel at ease?

I myself can not tolerate vaginal sex as im constantly raw/sore but anal was fine and enjoyable...lots of lube needed thats all. And basically go easy...it can be painful at the best of times without the porno type sex!! Ive got v sensitive skin and a few allergies and used to use coconut oil instead of lube. You can buy tubs of it in the health food store...its solid and then the heat melts it. It also kills those bastard yeasts as well! And a very good moisturiser for dry skin so great for massage. Good all rounder in my book Smile

I'll be honest, 90% of the time sex was and still is the last thing on my mind. And it was a relief for me personally to break up with my ex as he did lay the guilt thing on me quite heavily. Or pester. It wasnt that I didnt want to but it was so so sore 24/7. So yeh, always ask what she is happy with and never pester. (pesters a horrid word to say i know but i cant think of another word at the mo!)

As long as you have the closeness and complete understanding you will be fine. Talk about the mental aspect of things as well. I made the mistake of not doing that and it lead to my break up...theres only so long you can hide how you are feeling until it turns to complete melt down...my ex couldnt handle how low and down (basically shit scared out of my wits with worry) I got and I got fed up with painting a happy face on all the time. Shes going to be stressed to the eye balls with it if she is anything like me.

Youre doing a brilliant job of researching and involving yourself in this already! You sound like you are in it together and thats fab to see.

I cant think of any more advice at the mo but will add on if I think of more.

Just keep reading the forum really and keep up to date with folk. Is you partner on here? Would be good if she is. My main thing is the feeling of loneliness and this site has helped me feel like im on my todd.

Keep in touch.

Naomi x




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Re: Bloke looking for advice.

Post  jules on Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:30 am

Hi Ben,

Welcome to the forum. It is very admirable that you are looking to find out what works out best for your sweetie. The ladies are correct when they talk about different things work for different women. It also may depend on what kind of Vulvodynia your partner has. There is generalized Vulvodynia (pain on the outside of the Vulva) and Vestibules Vulvodynia (pain in the vagina and opening). I have Generalized Vulvodynia. Sex for many of us equals pain. So, with that in mind, sex is not always welcome. There is a lot of anxiety created when it comes time to have sex or even when our partners look interested. It's great that you are thinking ahead. Pay close attention to her cues and her mood.

The best thing you can do is to communicate w/ your partner. Ask her what she feels comfortable with..what hurts? doesn't hurt? etc. Some women can't even be touched. Other women, like myself can handle touch and sex(sometime), but it may hurt afterward or during. I usually have a couple of cocktails ahead of time. Not only does the alcohol relax me, but I have less pain during sex. Partners can even work with physical therapists to try to get to a place where sex is not as painful for the woman. I don't know if your "lovely lady" is on medication or not. medication can decrease some of the pain. I recommend medication and physical therapy.

as for lube. I use K-Y Jelly- INTRIGUE This is a water-based Gel that was recommended to me by my ob/gyn. I can't do the anal sex and oral sex is not for me w/ my outside pain. But once again...talk to your lady. Be understanding, gentle and kind. Hugs and kisses are always welcome. Good luck.


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Post  Ellie on Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:14 am

It sounds like you and your lady Ben are on the right track! (spite having the Vulvodynia). My boyfriend and I have been together 2 years and I just (like 2 weeks ago) found out that I do have Vulvodynia. I hope to see a physical therapist soon and hope that helps with the pain because I do miss having sex that we both can enjoy. How has your girlfriend been doing when seeing one? Has she been seeing good results? This site has been really helpful and I hope it is for you Ben.

And Naomi I didn't know about the coconut oil! That sounds like a good idea because I have been avoiding lubes because most of them have been irritating me so much. I have found condoms to bother me also. For me anything that goes near my opening hurts and makes me want to cry. We do a lot of clitoral stimulation, which personally to me feels good, but like others have said every woman is different!
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Post  Mouse on Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:47 am

Hi Ben,

I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned this BUT please find a good sex therapist. Talking openly in a safe environment is a great place to start. When this crazy shite started for me, my gynys only advice was to do that. I could have punched her (I may still do that). I was mortified because she had no idea what this condition was - imagine that and treated me like a crazy person.

I did find a therapist. After sending her an angry email she came back with fab advice and I now see her regularly. It just makes sense that a sexual issue needs someone with that kind of experience. I tell people she's my pain therapist though, this is partially true as she's taught me ways to handle the pain.

By a stroke of extreme good fortune I also found a vulval pain specialist.

Good luck! There are some great support sites also.

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Thanx

Post  Ben on Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:21 am

Hi Peeps,

Thank you so much for taking the time out to post a reply, i really do appreciate the advice.

It's a bloody minefield at the best of times and then when you throw this into the mix, well it just ain't gravy for us poor man folk either.

Good call on the ice cubes instead, and coconut goo, i think i'll try that if she's up for it.

As for being open and honest with each other,I think we're pretty good at that. I said that, so long as i understand and i feel i'm kept in the loop completely then we can pretty much deal with it as a team rather than individuals. I think that's better than standing at the sidelines scratching my balls and getting frustrated. hence the reason I'm on here really. but in the same respect, i don't want to keep pumping her (excuse pun) for information to the point that sex becomes too technical for us.

Ellie - From what she's told me physical Therapy has been going well but i get the feeling that things happen with small steps in this world, so we shall see. but is it wrong that i'm strangely jealous of her OBGYN since she's getting more action than me!!!! (i'm kidding guys)

Thanks again, between you all it sounds like the makings of a wild night - recommendations so far, - Get her drunk, give her a back rub with coconut oil,then a bit of tongue lashing with an ice cube, slap on a load of KY intrigue and go in for my brown wings, oh and have a bit of a cuddle afterward...... legends the lot of you!

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Chin up and if i can answer any Q's you guys have or if you want a guys version gimme a shout.
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Post  jules on Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:00 am

LOL ...Ben, you summed up our suggestions very well...in a "manly way" I might add. Thanks for the offer back to us on answering questions. I'll try to think of some.

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Post  Sebby (Admin) on Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:53 pm


Hi and Welcome Ben,

Sorry I havent welcomed you earlier Ive have had such a stressful week at work and sooo glad is Friday tomorrow!

Its great how supportive your being and yes it must be so worrying thinking that sex will hurt your girlfriend.

http://www.chemistdirect.co.uk/sylk-natural-personal-lubricant_1_21800.html?gclid=CJazt_Td8aUCFVBO4QodryllpQ

Above is a lubricant that has been suggested to me but I havent tried it yet as im not in a relationship but it looks like its non irritant. See whatever works for her but water based lubes are much less irritaiting in general and the less chemicals the better.

I would also suggest lots of gentle foreplay whatever is comfortable for you both..also why not try some sex toys as well to ad variety

With regards to intercourse I have found that I need to firstly be on top as I can then guide his penis inside myself and it puts me in control of how fast and slow I wish to go.

Does your girlfriends pain sometime ease up on certain days? I find I have flare ups and then it calms down. Im mostly always uncomfortable but I can cope with that its when its very raw that I couldnt tolarate intercourse. On better days tho I would say are the days to practise! Dont bother on the very painful days.

It also maybe an idea your girlfriend practises herself with a small vibrator/dildo whislt your away! I have one from Ann Summers that is quite slim so is good to practise with at first. I had a look at the Ann summers site but I couldnt find the one I have so have found another site for you

http://www.condomsenseusa.com/vibrators-slimline.html

In general take things slow, practise intercourse on the better days. Let her be in control at first and lots of lube and foreplay..hope this helps

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maybe u can try this

Post  chester on Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:33 pm

If being in a bath helps/sooths the pain...try taking a bath together, for me and my husband it works miracles. since (sometimes) taking a bath helps...just make sure not to put any irritants into the path, i actually put into the bath a special vitamin e and other things that help me...other people dont put anything in...anyways we make it really romantic (candles, etc) and its really nice!

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Post  Sebby (Admin) on Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:50 pm


Awww Chester a great suggestion! Ive never actually thought of that though it gets quite awkward in the bath and the water splashes everywhere Laughing
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