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Partial Vestibulectomy

Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:44 pm by JGD13

Hi all i am new here.
I had a partial vestibulectomy 21/7 for my provoked vulvodynia.
After a painful few days and feeling quite uncomfortable it seemed to get better. 1 week after i noticed some white stuff and gloopy discharge, it wasnt smelly or itchy but i got a check up at the gp surgery and the doctor said the stitches looked fine and i could just have a touch of thrush. He said this is …

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New w/ Secondary Provoked Vestibuldynia

Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:46 pm by Birdy

Hi everyone,

I'm here because I'm pretty sure I have secondary provoked vestibuldynia, even though my gyno is still "optimistic" it is not.  My problem started six months ago when I got my second UTI in as many months (after going 25 years of life without one) and then ended up with a bad yeast infection (also my first one ever) thanks to the antibiotics.  Ever since the yeast …

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Anyone from the PNW?

Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:54 am by jungleclover

I'm located near Portland and I would be really cool to actually meet someone with this issue. I think my roommate in college technically had this problem. She had an overgrown hymen removed and can't deal with penetration as a result. But she is gay so it seems like it hasn't been a huge problem for her (although we didn't talk about it much so there was possibly more to it than she let on). …

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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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Newbie to the site

Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:16 am by Ksa

Hello. Thank you for this wonderful site. I'm currently under the care of a dr in Phoenix that specializes in vaginal disorders. I will probably be on a suppository of estridol the rest of my life and I am currently on medications for a rare form of vaginitis that's pretty unheard of for my age. My vagina literally hates me. I've struggled with vulvadynia for 20 years, the duration of my …

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New to the site and just had a vestibulectomy

Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:19 am by Hopeitworks

Hello Everyone,

I have been suffering from vulvodynia for years! So I decided to go ahead and have vestibulectomy on July 28, 2017. I really wished I would of found this site before I went through with the surgery. Maybe I would have been more prepared to deal with recovering. I just need someone to talk and I dont mind hearing your story.

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Post Vestibulectomy

Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:15 pm by infinitelywondering

Heya,

I had my vestibulectomy (full) about a day and a half ago. I was very sick and poorly just after the op and experienced intense pain down there Sad

However, today I came home and have done the following things:

-washed with warm water
-applied manuka honey to the area
-ensured I wash at least 3 times a day and dab the area dry gently
-use frozen peas to stop the swelling

As of now I am …

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can anyone recommend a good dermatologist in LA?

Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:17 pm by saffron

Hi, I am wondering if anyone knows a vulvar dermatologist in Los Angeles? My problems seem to be external, but I'm having trouble finding a knowledgable doctor. My current dermatologist is pretty cosmetic based and I'm afraid all the products he prescribed actually made my situation so much worse!

I know there a few drs in Orange County/San Diego, but was hoping to stay local as even …

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Vulvodynia and IVF? Anyone done this? What does it do to the vulvadynia?

Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:03 am by Carolyn4

Hi everyone,

I have had vulvodynia since age 27--I am now 43 and it has been in pretty good remission.  I control it with acupuncture and herbs, and some cranial sacral therapy.  I have a 5 year old, had a pretty uneventful pregnancy which ended in a c-section.  My VV worsened after that, and I have worked hard to get it back under control (it took over a year to get it back into pretty good …

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Good Place to Start - Hypoallergenic Products & Temporary Lifestyle Changes

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Good Place to Start - Hypoallergenic Products & Temporary Lifestyle Changes

Post  emalita on Mon May 23, 2016 10:10 pm

I wanted to write down most of the hypoallergenic products and temporary lifestyle changes that my doctor recommends (or as he calls it The Hypocontactant Regimen). Sorry if there is already something like this out there, but I figured I would write mostly everything that my specialist has me doing.

- Eliminate all chemicals that are coming into contact with your vulva, this includes: flushable or feminine wipes (they are the devil in wipe form), shampoo, laundry detergent, dryer sheets/fabric softeners, shaving cream, super soft or scented toilet paper (lots of chemicals go into making super plush TP), any feminine products that are not 100% ORGANIC cotton, douches, etc.

- Shampoo: Free & Clear Shampoo - Wash your hair in the sink or tub. My specialist says it only takes a single drop of shampoo or conditioner in the shower to set off a reaction, and don't try to cheat by just leaning back in the shower.

- Laundry Detergent: All Free & Clear or Cheer Free & Gentle...I personally make my own following the instructions from the below website:

http://www.dwellinginhappiness.com/chemical-free-liquid-laundry-detergent/

- Fabric Softeners: Find alternatives to dryer sheets. I personally just use a little vinegar in my washing machine's rinse cycle.

- Shaving Cream: Vanicream Shaving Cream...Takes a little getting used to if you normally use the foaming stuff. Just make sure to rinse thoroughly after you're done otherwise it can leave a little residue.

- Tampons/Pads: TOTM or Natracare...Do a little research, you will be amazed as to how horrible regular tampons/pads are for our lady parts.

- If you are having sex, your partner MUST use hypoallergenic products also. Afterall, your partner's skin is coming into contact with you. So any chemical residues on their skin can rub off on you. My specialist recommends Astroglide Gel for lube, but that still seems to have too many chemicals in it for me. Also, condoms should be non-lubricated, non-ribbed, and non-scented/flavored.

- No oral sex on you to avoid saliva irritation

- Body & Vulvar Soap: Grandma's Pure Lye Soap...Yep he recommends we use a wash on our vulvas to keep bacteria, yeast, and perspiration low. Pure soaps are too drying for me; so I use Sliquid Splash Unscented wash.

- Wear all cotton undies

- Body Lotion: Vanicream Lite Lotion

- My specialist recommends rinsing (not spraying) the vestibule with Gordon’s Boro-Packs after EVERY urination (I believe the brand Domeboro is basically the same thing). It comes in a powder that you mix with water in a squirt bottle. I believe one packet should be good for the whole day.

- Apply a small amount of Vaniply to the vaginal opening before exercise or sports to avoid friction


I hope this is useful and helps someone find relief sunny

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Re: Good Place to Start - Hypoallergenic Products & Temporary Lifestyle Changes

Post  PainBlogger on Tue May 24, 2016 11:23 am

To add to emalita's good advice above (mainly because a lot of the products named may not be easy available in the UK or elsewhere), here are some of the products I now use:

- Surcare detergent (it's fragrance free and marketed for eczema etc sufferers so gentler than many other products). It comes in powder, liquid, and fabric softener and I've seen it in Savers and Sainsburys and some Tesco stores.

- Oilatum bath formula - I get the junior/kids version because the adult one has fragrance in it. I put one capful (less than the recommended three) into a warm (not too hot) bath.

- Sanex zero shower gel - one has to be careful to make sure it's the fragrance free one because some of the Zero range still has fragrance in. This is available in Tesco and no doubt other supermarkets and chemists. It still has a few chemicals, obviously, but so many less than most products.

- Aqueous cream (preferably SLS free and it shouldn't have added fragrance) which can be used either as soap, a moisturiser or as a leg/underarm shaving cream (but I wouldn't put it anywhere near down below). I get it from Savers as the Boots one has (or used to have) a horrible smelling preservative called chlorocreosol in it.

- Yes lubricant (water-based is better, but there is an oil-based one) - no parabens, glycerine and other nasty stuff. There is a minimal amount of preservative in it (which is essential to get the germs away or it would go off really quickly), but I've not had any reaction to it.

- I've stopped using any sanitary towels that are scented. Bodyform are fragrance free and don't irritate me, though they are not cotton. I tried Natracare but they weren't absorbent enough. There's another cotton organic brand available in the UK called Pravera Organyc and I found that they stuck a bit better and were a bit more absorbent but still not quite good enough for very heavy periods. I'd imagine they're fine for lighter flow though. They can be found here: http://www.pravera.co.uk/organyc anyway.




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Re: Good Place to Start - Hypoallergenic Products & Temporary Lifestyle Changes

Post  WaahwaahUK on Tue May 24, 2016 7:05 pm

Just wanted to add for UK peeps - I get my sanitary towels from amazon they're called 'Cottons' and they do a night time towel which I find is good for heavy flows.

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Re: Good Place to Start - Hypoallergenic Products & Temporary Lifestyle Changes

Post  emalita on Tue May 24, 2016 7:20 pm

Something else that I think should be mentioned even though I don't have much experience with them is reusable menstrual products. I personally haven't had great success with menstrual cups just because they are too big for me to gently get in at the moment, but for someone who is looking for truly chemical free options, they're worth looking into.

Below is a good website for reusable pads and menstrual cups. I've watched a handful of her youtube videos when I was trying to figure out how to use menstrual cups. She is extremely knowledgeable Smile

http://www.preciousstars.net


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Post  PainBlogger on Wed May 25, 2016 2:47 pm

WaahwaahUK wrote:Just wanted to add for UK peeps - I get my sanitary towels from amazon they're called 'Cottons' and they do a night time towel which I find is good for heavy flows.

Thanks for the recommendation. Smile




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Re: Good Place to Start - Hypoallergenic Products & Temporary Lifestyle Changes

Post  lindsey_taylor on Fri Jul 08, 2016 7:37 pm

Anyone have any recommendations on toilet paper brands that may decrease irritation?

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Re: Good Place to Start - Hypoallergenic Products & Temporary Lifestyle Changes

Post  emalita on Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:10 pm

One lady told me she uses Quilted Northern TP, my specialist says it should be high quality TP, internet searches and blogs say the higher quality TPs are worse because of all the chemicals that go into making them soft and white, etc.

So unfortunately I think it will be trial and error for you because there are so many varying opinions. I personally use Charmin Basic and don't seem to have issues.

Just be careful with recycled TP because it generally contains BPA from recycled sales receipts and newspapers. I recommend googling "allergy to toilet paper" because there are a ton of articles about it, including learning about bamboo TP Wink

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