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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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Steroid Ointments and Creams

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Steroid Ointments and Creams

Post  Maple on Mon Nov 30, 2015 5:32 am

I've had two cases of vulvodynia. They've been very different in terms of symptoms and types of pain, I figure I'll share how I rid myself of the first one (4 months). The second one, I still have but it has been getting significantly better (at 4.5 months presently)

The first:
-Cause: most likely by monostat 7 suppositories
-Symptoms: started with a typical yeast infection, but after treatment, vulva remained dry and stinging pretty much 24/7, peeled like a sunburn due to how dry it was.
-Doctor: Had tests for yeast, BV, and trichomoniasis (I wasn't sexually active at that age) and came back negative for all. Proceeded to be stuck in a ridiculous cycle of doctors.The 5th doctor I saw, the one who prescribed the ointment, told me that this was an "itch scratch cycle", and I swear I was not scratching it, apparently normal movement/underwear/anything can effectively "scratch" already weak skin.
-Showering: She also had me use Cetaphil non-soap cleanser. Normally I avoided soap in that region, but she said in order to remove any shampoo/conditioner residue this would be necessary.
-Laundry: I began double washing underwear in hypoallergenic detergent, though I don't believe it was the cause (because I went back to the regular stuff a few months after), it helps to eliminate all possible irritants down there.
-Cured: The ending cure for this was a steroid ointment (0.1% betaderm), I had tried a few steroid creams before this was tried, but for some reason the creams didn't work. The ointment was used twice daily and felt better within a week, but I continued to use it for the prescribed two weeks. In the first month or so after that I would occasionally have flare-ups and have to use the ointment 2-3 times but after 2 months I was rid of all symptoms for 2 full years.

The second:
-Cause: occurred after yet another yeast infection, treated with terazol cream. (Also occurred 4 months after starting birth control pill, but I believe that wasn't a large factor/cause, and will restart pill if/when I get everything cleared up).
-Symptoms: Vulva swelling, sometimes very red, periodic greyish discharge that stings on contact with skin. Stinging and burning pain.
-Doctors: I've seen 7 of them. Been STD tested twice, and vaginal cultures 3 times, everything is negative. Most credible doctor: infectious disease specialist.
-Tried (failed): Cetaphil + betaderm + new detergent = not cured, caused another yeast with the steroid ointment (betaderm). Probiotic suppositories = Resulted in yeast. Lactic acid tubes = soothing, but effectively did nothing. 7-diflucans over 7 days, this was a dumb idea by an idiot doctor. Improved the problem for about a 10 day period, then got worse.
-Tried (successes): Epsom salt sit-bath. Blowdrying down there after showering, swimming, or sit-bathing. Taking a Benadryl every night To relieve itching, therefore prevent unconcious scratching (whatever it is isn't an allergy because I tried going days without pants and with sink showers to wash my hair, and no gain). Hydrocortisone (0.5%) cream on the outer lips only (even though most of the pain is on the inner lips). Deep massage of groin region surrounding vulva trying to loosen muscles in the area.

Few things about me:

I'm a frequent swimmer. Presently I only swim about 4-5 times a week, but was at 11 times a week at my highest. Leading up to the first one I spent a full summer with biking as my only method of transportation and was swimming in a saltwater pool 6days/week. Thankfully, the problems set in after I was back at home and able to ditch the bike.

The second bout set in midway through a summer of biking as a primary transport.

I personally would much rather blame biking than swimming, but gynocologists disagree. I've tried quitting swimming but have never had any improvement from quitting, and have often gotten worse in my time off.


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Re: Steroid Ointments and Creams

Post  WaahwaahUK on Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:16 pm

Thank you for this post. I'm going to try Epsom baths actually, and this has encouraged me more so.


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