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Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:55 pm by flissyg

Hi All,

I’m so glad I’ve found a place where there are others who understand how I feel!

So this is my story:-

I’m 36,  and 4 months ago, whilst innocently sitting in bed reading I experienced a very sharp stabbing pain in my clitoris. It last only a few minutes and then subsided as quickly as it came on. It put it down to “one of those things”.  The following morning I woke up …

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New and need advice and help

Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:26 pm by Cin124

Hi everyone,

About three months ago, I started having vaginal and vulval itching. Then, about two months ago, my vulva started to feel painful and look swollen, so I went to the doctor. I was tested for herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea which all came back negative. I also had to do a vaginal swab test and the only thing that came back positive was yeast infection. I was prescribed hydrozole …

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New here would very much appreciate advice at the end of my rope

Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:09 pm by Jma990o

This might be a little long but it's been such a long time I've even been able to talk about my problems openly thank you in advance for any helpful advice.
So ok I'm 24 I've been having this problem for over two years seen quite a few doctors and obgyns alike and nobody will take me seriously I have had a few utis and yeast infections and even bv once and this all started after one of the utis …

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MonaLisa Touch

Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:35 pm by rl2091

Hi All,

I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with the MonaLisa Touch treatment for Vulvodynia? My pain started when I went on HRT(pill) for anxiety mainly and my pain abruntly stopped when I stopped HRT. However, when I started on the HRT patch (at my dr's suggestion), the pain returned and has never left. That was 7 years ago. I found MonaLisa Touch on the internet purely by accident …

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New member desperate need of other vulvadynia sufferers

Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:55 pm by Tfc13

Hi there hope some1 reading this is going through the same shit as me!, I'm new to this so don't really know where to start , I'm Teresa , I've just been diagnosed with vestibular vulvadynia , after countless appointments with GPS being misdiagnosed, tested for god knows everything , eventually under my gynochologist ,who done all her necessary tests, I now have been given a diagnosis I'm in …

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Looking for suggestions or encouragement

Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:10 am by ryn207

Hi there. I'm 25 and have been dealing with this for over a year and a half and I'm really starting to lose hope this will ever stop.

In July of 2016 I had a yeast infection. When Monistat didn't work I went to my gynecologist who prescribed Diflucan. When the itching didn't stop she retested me and found that my yeast infection was gone, but I now had a bacterial infection. After taking the …

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I'm new to this forum and would love some advice! :)

Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:13 am by anikita

Hi lovely gals!

I'm honestly hoping to get any bit of advice anyone might have to offer. I go from bouts of sobbing hysterically in my boyfriend's arms to feeling confident that I can beat this.

I haven't been actually diagnosed with vulvodynia but EVERYTHING under the sun has come back negative. I started having sex 4 years ago after starting Lo Loestrin, with my first and current boyfriend …

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Hello. Happy to have found this group.

Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:01 pm by foxysugarpants

I am new here and hope to gain some insight into my vulva pain. I suffered for a long time not realizing that there are ways to feel better. I saw the Dr. yesterday and I am starting P/T pelvic and valium suppositories. queen

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Had this for 5 years, looking for people who understand

Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:46 pm by blackberrie

Hey all. I'm really struggling to find anyone in real life who can really understand what I'm going through. I've had vestibulodynia for 5 years now and I'm single. Obviously it has completely affected how I approach dating and sex and the fact that I can't really talk to people irl about it has made me feel very lonely. I've found that a lot of the women who have this problem are married and …

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What on earth is wrong with my hoo-hah?

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What on earth is wrong with my hoo-hah?

Post  tensetensetense on Tue May 24, 2016 12:16 am

Hi all
Will try to be brief. 40s female, 15 years married, childless by choice.  Sorry if TMI!

My entire life sex has been tight. Painful. I can't relax. Same with pelvic exams.  Tampons? Hell no.  No sexual trauma in my past and I am sex-positive, comfortable with my body.

My husband is normal size. Very patient.  The reason it has taken a back seat is that we have an otherwise nice intimate life - we enjoy ALL forums of sensuality and there's plenty to do and we are both able to achieve orgasm in other ways. But he prefers sex.  We have tried positions, tons of lubes, kegels.  I cannot relax. It makes it worse.  Usually I just enjoy all the foreplay and feel very ready, we add lube and hell no.  I suffer through it usually hoping it ends quickly.

If I have an orgasm manually with him, it has to be AFTER penetration because after orgasm I am even tighter and there's just no way - and very sensitive.

I have had the same gyno for 10+ years. She's good, but short.  Quick. But a ball buster and I appreciate that because when it comes to labs and referrals, no one beats her.  She knows I am tight. I just suffered through it. I am kicking myself for not dealing with this 10 years ago!!    I asked her about it last time and even had my husband come in.  She just said I need to learn to relax.  Uh, as if I have not been trying that.  And I think she questions if am lubricated.  We add a ton of lube on top of my natural lube, and I do produce enough.

She prescribe Estradiol (sp) thinking my tissues were having trouble. I had a hysterectomy (including ovaries and cervix) two years ago since I was not having kids, they could do it laporascopically, and I had adenomyosis.  I do not regret the hysterectomy at all. I also take .0375 of estradiol 2x week as hormone replacement but my menopause symptoms are almost nil.

About a year prior to that I started to get UTIs. Never had one until then.  Azo and antibiotics worked but they kept coming back. I saw a urologist. She put me on oxybutynin, scoped my bladder and found no problems. The medication helped, but the blurred vision is KILLING ME.  She was not receptive so I got a second opinion.  By then I was having increased OAB TOO!!  Talk about nightmare.

Not OAB from stress -- like sneezing or laughing - mine is urge.  I am on a great bladder diet, no citrus, no soda, no booze, enough water, proper shape, eat well.  Lots of visits to urologist when I am having bladder pain. They cannot figure it out.  Tried all the classes of drugs: vesicare, mybetriq (sp), and now back to oxybutyin and I am just dealing with the vision.  I tried cutting the pills i half and my OAB came back. Sometimes I have to cancel business meetings (I work from home so I am safe here).  Sex? Uh, no.  Barely ever.  My poor husband.  We have intimacy in other ways but I know it's killing him.  He is a saint.

Now I am starting to have minor cognitive issues. I can't write (apologies if I repeat words in sentences) and I write for a living.  This is a dagger. I have to get off this drug.

Here is where I am --

I was referred to a pelvic floor phys. therapist (are they MDS or no?) and see her in a week. Fingers crossed.  Three appointments already booked after.  To be honest I tried insertables to see if I could "fix"myself and it was horrible. I want to be prepared for these visits.  The THIRD opinion uro I saw (a gyno urologist) told me the OAB and pelvic pain are NOT related. Although PT can help OAB.  All my urologists told me that if medication is out, I have to consider botox in the bladder or the nerve interstim thing (both freak me out). The idea that 20% of people that do the botox have to self-cath for up to ONE MONTH after is a deal breaker, I can't do it....I highly doubt at least. I travel, I go to meetings, I am out a lot, and I also am not good at that kind of thing and do NOT want to make my husband do it - talk about ruining the mystery and sensuality of my body!

And I asked her - can you add some botox to whatever muscles are related to my pelvic floor so I can have pain free sex and she no, totally not in the same area, not even an option. So it only solves ONE problem any way.

I am so depressed. I am also trying cognitive therapy.  Since I work from home I make sure I urinate ALL the time.

I have never had pain-free sex. Again, I am very down on myself because I never told anyone and always thought it would be better in time and since we did other things for intimacy it wasn't a big deal, but not my husband is starting to be like...wtf.  When we DO have full intercourse, I feel like I have to pee, on top of the pain, even if I went right before, and I cannot relax and it hurts like HELL.  But I pretend it does not.  Talk about shame. I just want him to be happy - it is so unfair to him.

Has anyone had a similar situation?  Any advice what I tell my urologist and/or PT?

Thank you!

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Re: What on earth is wrong with my hoo-hah?

Post  emalita on Tue May 24, 2016 12:39 am

Hi,

Nothing is TMI for this forum Wink

I can certainly relate. My fiancé and I have been together for 12 years, but we haven't been able to have sex for over a year now. I feel like such a horrible partner.

I personally have not tried PT because my pain is not currently related to pelvic floor dysfunction, but I will be using at home dialators once my pain is at a good permanent level. I have heard that PT can be a life saver, and from what I understand, the therapists have a lot more tests/treatments than what you can do at home...they can test your tightness and pinpoint the worst areas. So I think you are absolutely doing the right thing by seeing a physical therapist. I've also heard most women find that the therapists are very kind and gentle because all they do is deal with this type of pain.

As far as your UTIs go, have you tried the supplement D-Mannose?

I'm not sure why your doctor would be so dismissive of your conditions being related to each other. I know my pain has caused urinary frequency and urgency in the past when it had nothing to do with a UTI. Everything is very closely linked down there; so don't give up hope that finding relief for one will lead to improvement in the other.

I hope you find relief soon! Keep us posted on how your appointments go sunny

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Re: What on earth is wrong with my hoo-hah?

Post  kell on Tue May 24, 2016 2:11 am

I appreciate your post and I feel so much for you - I just never thought these type of issues even existed and I feel like I (and we) are all cheated somehow. I hope you are able to get some help with PT and hope also you will report back as to your experiences. I understand SO MUCH when you say you feel bad for your husband and its so unfair. I pretty much have had infrequent sex with him for a few years now and just endure the pain because I know a man needs that, but I miss having goddamn orgasms like I used to! Why does this have to happen.

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Re: What on earth is wrong with my hoo-hah?

Post  PainBlogger on Tue May 24, 2016 11:05 am

I hope you find the pelvic PT helpful. It's definitely helped me get my overreactive and tense PF muscles back under control. (I won't repeat here what I've posted elsewhere, but you can read about my problems and progress here if you like: http://vulvodyniasupport.forumotion.net/t2291-four-months-of-significant-improvement ) In my case I hadn't always had painful sex - it was fine before I got the UTI and thrush that started my issues - though interestingly I've never found tampons that easy to use.

Is duloxetine an option in the country where you live (I'm guessing the US) for OAB? I'm not on it for OAB (though I did have a lot of OAB symptoms when my problems started) but as it also can help pain it might do two jobs for you. I've had no side effects on it other than good ones. Acupuncture is another treatment with virtually no side-effects that could be worth a try if you have access to it.

In terms of your first PT appointment, the best advice I can give is for you to go in with some written notes and any questions you want to ask. Maybe keeping a pain diary/bladder emptying frequency diary would be helpful. Good luck.


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