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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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MAY HAVE FOUND A CURE- PLEASE READ

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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Allergic reaction to silicone lubricant AND polyesoprine condoms

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Allergic reaction to silicone lubricant AND polyesoprine condoms

Post  Trees_trees on Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:57 am

So I have the good fortune to be allergic to Latex AND Silicone (dimethicone -in a lot of lubricant, lotions, conditioners, gives a silky feel). I mistakenly thought an episode triggered in 2010 was from polyesoprine (latex with the chemical most people are allergic to) condoms after mistakenly being told I had a yeast infection, herpes, and being put on acyclovir and diflucan for months with no effect because I didn't have herpes. I went on the IC diet, tried the candida diet and just about gave up.

So after 2 years I finally had intercourse again with Sagami polyurethane condoms, and unfortunately I had a horrible reaction because it turns out I am allergic to the silicone lube they put on the condom.

I think the whole thing was triggered by allergic reaction to lubricant years ago...

A) I am in pain ( it feels like broken glass is being shoved up my urethra)
B) The doctor only gave me a prescription for antibiotics


What can I do? I'm icing and heating. Im drinking wine, because 3 advil does not seem to be doing anything to help.

Also don't know what to do about birth control/ std protection because all non-latex condoms have silicone lubricant on them. I read somewhere to get a nitrile female condom and try to wash to lubricant off, but that's tricky because silicone is engineered not to go anywhere.

Thanks.

SusieQ


Last edited by Trees_trees on Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:00 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : edit on what polyesoprine is and additional question)

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Re: Allergic reaction to silicone lubricant AND polyesoprine condoms

Post  toosore on Thu May 07, 2015 7:53 pm

Are you absolutely sure that your reactions are due to allergy? The pain and burning after or during intercourse are typical of vulvodynia all by itself, without condoms or lubricant to cause additional problems. What exactly are your symptoms? Rash, hives, itching? or burning pain?

It's so hard to know what's going on, especially since proper medical care is so hard to find...

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Yes, pain started after using condoms

Post  Trees_trees on Fri May 08, 2015 4:37 am

Hi toosore. Thanks for your reply. The pain started after using condoms back in 2010. I never had a reaction with the Avanti Polyurethane condoms and they stopped making them. So when I tried the new ones that were polyesoprine was when I started having problems. That was back in 2010.

I did a test with the lubricant from a sagami condom on the inside of my elbow and it gave me a hive. Who knows what it did to the inside of my vagina and vulva. When I get dimethicone/silicone on my hands there are tiny blisters and eczema.

So I get varying rates of pain from acute to dull, more acute since recent exposure. The pain makes me tired.

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Allergic Reactions and Risk of Vulvodynia

Post  Trees_trees on Thu May 14, 2015 7:11 pm

Our data suggest that women with a history of urticaria, seasonal allergies or reaction to insect stings appear to be more prone to later development of vulvodynia than women with no history of these allergic reactions. We also showed that this association was largely confined to exposures that occurred before the first onset of vulvar pain, suggesting that allergenic exposures could be involved as, or a marker of, factors involved in the development of vulvodynia. We also observed that a history of other skin conditions, not as strongly related to an immune response, generally were not associated with the risk of vulvodynia.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2773800/

Vulvodynia is a complex disorder and described as discomfort or intense burning pain in the vulvar area. Such chronic pain affects 5 to 15% of women and many suffer of misdiagnosis. For sure the aetiology is multifactorial. Through few studies we consider the inflammatory response plays a major role. There is a genetic profile of women suffering of vulvodynia, especially genetic polymorphisms from genes coding for cytokines, Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist and Interleukin-1 beta, and gene coding for mannose-binding lectin (MBL). These polymorphisms result in a stronger inflammatory response and lay these women in a susceptibility situation. Histological analysis showed a chronic non specific inflammation. We have also demonstrated that these patients present in normal state or under infectious induction an inadequate inflammatory response. But there is still a variety of mechanisms which can interact with the inflammatory response. Management of such vulvar pain syndrome could be very frustrating, but the first step for improvement is to get the right diagnosis.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20108524v

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