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Just Diagnosed with Vulvadynia

Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:11 pm by CherryTree23

Well, I was just diagnosed today, yay...my symptoms are just burning pain in vaginal opening. This all came about after taking Bactrim, Monistat, Clindomycin and Diflucan. This doctor was extremely confident I have Vulvadynia. Also told me my vaginal skin isn't red. Yes, it is, mine isn't typically electric red. He prescribed Ampytripline (sp) said, I have a very mild case, and worse case …

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Vulvadynia

Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:53 pm by Linda Williams

I am 68 years old and a year ago was diagnosed with vestibulitis, then vulvadynia. I have a history of chinchilla bladder infections, have had major bladder repair, hysterectomy, mid 30's, an auto immune disease. I take a daily antibiotic to keep UTI's at bay. My doctor has done the Quip test which was uncomfortable but did not test anything. I use Premarin vaginal cream 2 times a week. These …

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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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Looking for a friend IRL; LA/OC

Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:51 am by crypticcalico

Hello!

I am hoping to find a friend in the LA/OC area that I can meet up with in person. I live in Long Beach, California and I am willing to drive a bit to meet. The only person that I've told about this is my doctor(s) and someone who couldn't wrap their brain around it. It would be nice to be able to talk to someone else who understands.

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Owner of vulvodyniSuppoet.com

Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:28 pm by LaurenVV

Hi, I started vulvodyniasupport.com at the age of 28.
I was a leader when there was no help, no forums etc.

As I went on my path, I found acupuncture, herbs and time helped me recover.
Most never do.

I met a wonderful woman named Hanna. She was a patient and became a support leader. She lived in FLoroda.

I have moved on from the support world and found a career that allowed
Me to bring my …

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anyone from southern california in here?

Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:43 pm by Melissa777

Hi Im just wondering if anyone here is from so cal- USA
I am in san diego- but from LA!!!

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Anyone else try Cold Laser therapy/ Low Level Laser Therapy for their vestibulodynia?

Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:01 am by Tired89

Hello everyone. It's been quite a long time since I've posted. I've been extremely depressed and bottling it all up. I've been seeing a pelvic floor therapist (it's only been 4 visits) for my provoked vestibulodynia and the only reason she can get inside of me to do myofascial release and to use the dilators is because I use BLT (benzocaine, lidocaine, tetracaine) ointment on my vestibule prior …

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Clitoris Issues

Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:17 pm by January

I am going crazyyy trying to figure out what's wrong. Please does anyone else have an issue similar to mine? I'm only 22. So, basically when my clit is lightly rubbed, there is no feeling. However, when rubbed vigorously and directly, the burning and tingling sensations shoot down my legs and feet as if coming to the end of an orgasm but with no good feeling leading up. It's so strange. What …

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New member

Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:37 pm by Lisa1627

Hi ladies. I am new to the forum. I have had what I think is vulvodynia caused from hsv 2. So not only do I have the burning vag but the constant feeling of being contagious. I can honestly say that I hate my life and myself right now. There are days when I think I would rather be dead. I tried the amitryptline and it helped but if it's only making my brain think I don't have pain then it's …

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Did your doctor tell you that the birth control pill caused it?

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Did your doctor tell you that the birth control pill caused it?

Post  orangelight on Sat Apr 23, 2016 12:29 am

Hey Everyone,

I started having pain after taking yaz birth control pill for 5 months, that was 6 years ago. My doctor said Yaz was one of the worst offenders, and that the 'low estrogen' pills like it cause the most vestibulodynia. Apparently the estrogen in bcp is from horse urine and highly potent, and it shuts down your body's production of testosterone (by increasing sex hormone binding globulin which traps all your testosterone).

Has anyone's doctor mentioned testosterone? So far I have seen three doctors that say the burning pain on the outside of the hymen and behind the inner labia (vestibule) is caused by low testosterone. Why? Because this area is made of the same tissue in fetuses that becomes the penile urethra in men and is testosterone dependent tissue. I definitely have low testosterone when tested. Shocked

The other three doctors say that this is not the case, and that the entire vagina including the vestibule is estrogen dependent tissue, and I should use estrogen suppositories so support this. I definitely don't have low estrogen, if anything, I have too much showing up in my blood, urine, saliva. Exclamation

I am wondering if anyone else has met this contradiction before? Anyone tie your vestibulodynia or overall vulvodynia to hormones or birth control pills? Can anyone point me to resources that talk about the effect of estrogen or testosterone on the vaginal tissues? confused


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Re: Did your doctor tell you that the birth control pill caused it?

Post  emalita on Sat Apr 23, 2016 3:11 pm

Here's a good article I had read in the past about the pill and its hormone destroying connection (don't worry, it's not written by Dr. Oz).

http://blog.doctoroz.com/oz-experts/when-taking-the-pill-takes-away-your-sex-life

Most articles say that testosterone is important for sexual desire...not much about its impact on vulvar tissue. However, the above article does reference hormonally mediated vestibulodynia due to low estrogen and testosterone. The below article states the following:

"Replacing testosterone to within the normal female levels (2.0 to 4.0 nmol/L) compared to normal male levels (10.0-50.0 nmol/L) can result in vastly improved levels of energy and sex drive. Testosterone replacement on its own does not always work if there is inadequate blood supply to the pelvic organs and this is mostly oestrogen related. Therefore, it is as important that the vulva and vagina are “well oestrogenised” before starting testosterone replacement therapy."

http://www.thesurreyparkclinic.co.uk/sexual-problems.php

So, unfortunately I guess you have to pick what you believe to be true and go with what works for you Smile However, I do agree with going with a bioidentical estrogen medication versus the horse urine ones!

Also, I wanted to mention that my current specialist who specialized in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at the Mayo Clinic says that it doesn't matter what your estrogen levels are (mine were normal too). He said there is such a wide range of what is "normal", and women with vulvodynia have high estrogen demanding vaginas Shocked And he says that our vaginas are not properly using the nutrients (estrogen) it is getting, or it isn't getting an adequate amount.

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Re: Did your doctor tell you that the birth control pill caused it?

Post  natasha06 on Sat May 21, 2016 1:16 pm

Yes - after years of vulvar burning/pain and reoccurring yeast infections, I finally found a good gyno who believed that it was my Lo Estrin24 birth control that started this all for me. She said that the low estrogen in the brith control can cause your tissue to thin, exposing your nerves (which leads to the intense hypersensitive and pain). The reoccurring yeast infections could have been from this tissue problem as well (if the tissue isn't strong it can't support the good bacteria and right pH to avoid yeast infections) AND could have also lead to my overactive nerves because reoccurring yeast will obviously aggravate your skin. This was all really sad for me because I was super hesitant about going on the pill in the first place and wish I had known this was a potential side effect and could have stopped it early once I started having problems (was on the pill for about 6 months before this all started).

Your vaginal tissue needs estrogen to proliferate and therefore these low estrogen bc pills, while great for reducing cramps, really are dangerous!

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Re: Did your doctor tell you that the birth control pill caused it?

Post  A2015 on Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:44 pm

Hi orangelight,

Thanks for your post. It is very encouraging to read that several doctors you have seen have stated that the tissue of the vestibule is affected by hormonal birth control.

I've battled with so many specialists about the role hormonal birth control can have in causing vestibulodynia in some women. I'm now cured of my localised provoked vestibulodynia, but feel very strongly about what I went through not being heard. Have a read of my previous posts if you like, as they outline my experience with Microgynon causing Vestibulodynia for the 1.5 years I was on it. I believe this is also a relatively 'low dose' pill as you mention your doctor commented, and his view is that of some research from the US I've read up on online. Let me see if I can find some links for you, as I remember trying to understand the links between testosterone/estrogen levels and the vestibule myself!

Every specialist I saw over a period of 2-3 years denied any connection whatsoever between hormonal birth control and vulvodynia. However, several posts on his forum, as well as my own experience, suggest quite the opposite!

Only in my most recent check-up did my specialist tell me some very initial new research in the UK has confirmed there is a link. Let's hope more research is done, it is so very much needed.

For now, I would very much recommend coming off Yaz if you are still on it. I've had vestibulodynia twice now, and the first time I had it was cured by coming off the pill.

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Re: Did your doctor tell you that the birth control pill caused it?

Post  A2015 on Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:53 pm

Natasha06,

I'm so pleased that you finally found a gyno who has this knowledge.

I, too, suffered for a long time when I was on birth control with symptoms exactly as you describe, reoccuring infections too. All that your gyno says about low estrogen pills causing thinning tissues, exposing nerves, vulnerability to new infections, overactive nerves from those infections, makes complete sense to me, and is exactly as I suspected at the time (against all my doctor's opinions!). I finally took myself off the pill because I believed this was the case, and the nerves calmed completely down to normal, I couldn't believe how the tissues no longer felt so sore & fragile anymore. It is encouraging to see how the body can rebuild itself back to normal.

Like you say, I wish I had known this was a real potential side effect of the contraceptive pill. I discuss this with other women now and really feel we need to spread this to the medical profession as much as possible.

Anyone on this forum on the pill who is suffering with these symptoms, really try coming off it as your first treatment!

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Re: Did your doctor tell you that the birth control pill caused it?

Post  lindsey_taylor on Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:36 pm

I have been on birth control for years prior to developing this issue in 2014. Sad All of the doctors I have been to have been adamant that the issue isn't birth control. But these posts are making me feel otherwise. I have been taking Sprintec. Before that I was on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo, and only switched to Sprintec because it is the cheaper Wal Mart brand. When I lived in England, I was put back on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo because there was no Sprintec there. And then I was swapped to Microgestin FE because the doctor thought maybe my discharge and pain was caused by the triphasic birth control (Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo). Microgestin only made me irritable and break out, so once I got back here to the US (Georgia), I was placed back on Sprintec. I keep wondering if I should come off it altogether.

I will say I developed this issue at the same time I had a kidney stone and a UTI from the kidney stone, and then I got what I thought was a yeast infection, but the smear I had done that day did not show yeast at all, just white blood cells. I have been treated for infections, both bacterial and yeast, and have tried so many other things and remedies, etc., but have not come off of my birth control. I was recently diagnosed with provoked vulvodynia. I'm supposed to see a neurologist on October 6th to see if this is due to a trapped nerve.

All of this started 6 months after being placed back on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo.

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