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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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New here- my story

Post  MelisaD on Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:25 pm

Hi all,

I'm 28, from Australia. I've been diagnosed with crappy condition for 5 years but I suspect I've been suffering for much longer. I'm too sure what triggered it in the beginning. When I was initially diagnosed it was a continuous pain, anything and everything would aggravate it, but after taking endep it reliever it to a point where only provoked pain through sex or examination.
I've been with my husband the same amount of time, it's been such a struggle, since he was my first everything.
I decided to come off endep as I felt like it had plateaued and started gabapentin but that hasn't helped at all.
Ive seen my specialist and all they want me to do is do my physio.
Just feeling quite down at the moment. Has anyone become pain free completely from physio?
My husband wants me to get the operation, but I'm a bit scared it'll be botched and won't even help.

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Post  emalita on Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:51 pm

Hi! I'm sorry to hear you've been suffering with this condition for so long. I'm not currently receiving physical therapy, but my specialist did tell me I would have to do home dialator therapy once my symptoms have calmed down a bit. So unfortunately I can't comment on PT myself, but I've heard it works wonders for some women. You can try searching this site to read through what women have said about it Smile

Surgery is an extremely serious decision that, obviously, shouldn't be taken lightly. If you do choose that route, I hope you do it for YOU, not anyone else. I hope you find relief!

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Post  MelisaD on Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:54 pm

Thanks for the reply. I'll have a look through and see if anyone has had success with just dilators

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Post  PainBlogger on Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:59 pm

I'm improving a lot with physio (including dilators) and taking duloxetine. It's not a quick fix, but well worth trying physio.

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Re: New here- my story

Post  gingercat2426 on Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:39 am

Hi,

Can I ask where in Australia you are located? I'm in Melbourne and after visiting several unhelpful GPs/Family Planning I've decided to bite the bullet and try and get a referral to the Royal Women's. I know of a few physios that specialise in pelvic pain but I think they tend to focus more on vaginismus than vulvodynia - either way feel free to message me if you want to talk about anything.

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Re: New here- my story

Post  MelisaD on Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:20 am

Hi I'm from Melbourne. I do get seen at the Royal women's. The physios and sexual counsellor are lovely there, though the vulvar derm doctors (consultant in particular) are idiots in my opinion.
Yes I agree they concentrate too much on vaginismus. Thank you so much for the offer.
I'm feeling a bit better seeing all the lovely comments

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