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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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Can A Cut In Vestibule cause Vulvodynia?

Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:07 am by rockylife

Can a cut in the vestibule area cause vulvodynia? Is it possible that some nerve a were damaged that’s why I feel this pain in my area without visible lesions?

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Anyone from New Jersey

Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:47 pm by LindafromNJ

Looking to maybe talk to someone from NJ to see if there are any support groups in this state.

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Growing up Clueless

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Growing up Clueless

Post  orangelight on Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:02 pm

I first found out that I had severe pain when trying to have sex on my wedding night. Yes, that's the first time I had ever *inserted* anything in my vagina, and now about 6 years later I'm still the same.

I'm 29 and since I grew up in 5 different countries, there wasn't much about sex or tampons or in the way of sex education anywhere around. Married my best friend right after college and we were both shocked that we couldn't have sex! My first thought: "oh Shit, I wish I'd gotten some sex ed or tried something with a tampon?! Do I even have a vagina?!" I guess I never thought about it before because we had fooled around a lot before getting married, and never had a problem with pleasure, sex drive, labido, etc. We were just saving the intercourse bit to make it all the more special Wink I did prepare for avoiding pregnancy, by starting YAZ birth control a couple months before I got married (it made my breasts hurt, killed my labido and made me super moody).

The first few doctors and gynecologists I saw said that I was fine, and that I was just scared. They suggested i was too anxious, or too stressed. Maybe some antidepressants may help, or anti anxiety meds. There were no infections and no yeast issues. At this point I stopped taking the birth control pills because there was no obvious need. My labido actually slowly recovered over the next couple years. They suggested wine or muscle relaxants or something to knock my consciousness out so while I was inhibited DH could just force his way in and I wouldn't react much to the pain. Luckily both him and I didn't think these ideas were too appealing. Some of the good doctors suggested dialators and using lots of lube. We ordered a set from vaginismus.com and I used it for months. I went back to the gyn office so excited to hear about any improvement. I had been putting myself through pain with dilators and just stuffing a penis in there and UTIs from making him go it while I would just bare down and deal with the pain to see if it all changed (just to experiment, never had sex that way, I would have passed out from the pain!). The doctor told me stoically, that there was nothing she could do for me, that I was still a virgin (!), my hymen wasn't broken, and I should just keep trying what I was doing, or she could give me some sedatives.

The hardest part of it all is trying to keep my sanity and marriage from falling apart. A mistake we made is mostly ignoring it for the first couple of years chalking it up to nerves or inexperience, instead of talking about it openly and how important it is to have intercourse as part of a sexual relationship. I thought that non intercourse sex would be enough to satisfy ourselves but that didn't prove to be true after a few years. Finally after our fifth anniversary came a big wake up moment, and this time around I have been pursuing help as hard and fast as I can. I'm going to hit 30 soon and i have the same fears settling in that many of you may have: how am I going to live my life like this? will my relationship sustain this? can i have children if i've never enjoyed sex before? how do i get healthier while trying to stay sane and focus on anything else in life?

I really started looking at the issue and getting familiar with my vagina, Using mirrors and cutips and the light from my iPhone Very Happy, I narrowed down the pain to the 'vestibule' right outside my hymen. I work in a medical setting so I ordered some lidocaine gel one day, and put it only on the burning parts, and had sex for the first time ever! Broke my hymen and everything. We joke that I lost my virginity finally after being married for 5 years. I consider that as one of my most proudest moments, lol. Without the lidocaine, things are the same and the pain stays around the vestibule. I noticed it gets better around the time I am ovulating.

My life view and likeliness to use medications may not match others, but I thought it was important to share the whole story anyway. I have never been part of a support group before and have fought the idea of telling strangers my story tooth and nail. I want to be honest to myself about where I'm at, there's a lot to learn and I'm desperate for help and insight, not just about the pain, but how to live life when you're at the end of your rope with this.


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Re: Growing up Clueless

Post  emalita on Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:50 pm

Thank you for sharing your story! The more we can be open about this horrible pain, the better educated we can be at being our best advocates!

Congrats on finally "losing your virginity" Wink  Anything that can make you smile is worth celebrating.

My initial pain that started all this mess for me used to completely disappear surrounding the time of ovulation. My current specialist said that is due to the increase in estrogen during that time. He believes it doesn't matter what our hormone results show (i.e. normal estrogen levels) because he said that has little to do with the estrogen our vaginas receive or how well our vaginas use it. He said estrogen blood tests have a huge range of what's considered "normal", and for ladies with vulvodynia, we need to be on the very high end of the specrum. He calls it a very high estrogen demanding vagina  Laughing My hormone saliva tests came back "normal" for estrogen, and I haven't been on his estrogen vaginal tablets long enough to know if he's right, but it seemed somewhat logical for me.

Since you find some relief during ovulation, I think you're on the right path looking into the hormone side of things.

Welcome to the forum!


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