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» NO PAIN DURING SEX
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» Coping with Vulvodynia
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:55 pm by NaughtyNanny

» Newby not sure where to turn
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:10 pm by sarisbaris

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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NO PAIN DURING SEX

Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:18 am by rockylife

I HAVE NO PAIN DURING SEX, BUT I FEEL THIS BURNING SENSATION ALL DAY JUST BESIDE THE VAGINAL OPENING. DO I REALLY HAVE A VULVODYNIA? I'M CONFUSED.

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Newby not sure where to turn

Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:32 pm by Cerjo87

Hi this is all very new to me , well the talking about it bit is , the pain while having sex and also the uncomfortable feelings after and feeling like I have  sistitus most of the time I’m very used to , I’ve suffered for 7 years now I’m only 30 . Finally after all this time the doctors or should I say my gp has said I have Vulvodynia and have givin me gabapentin to try .i told her I’d …

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Looking for a friend..... and new problems

Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:38 pm by infinitelywondering

Hi everyone,

I hope you're doing well.

I hate to say this, but I feel beaten down and terribly alone. I had a vestibulectomy surgery about 6 months ago and I was absolutely praying it would work. It didn't.

6 months later and here I am, sitting on my bedroom floor crying my eyes out because I know I'll never be able to have painfree sex. I don't know what to do and just need a friend Sad



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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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Vulvodynia from #metoo media coverage

Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:01 pm by dooleyhornberg

I am wondering if anyone else in this forum has experience an increase or flare up in their vulvodynia as a result of the coverage of the sexual abuse scandals in Hollywood, DC, and the recent gymnastics scandal. I have definitely had a flare up.

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So frustrating!!

Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:15 am by Hannah77

Well I'm back in pain after 7 years of pain free days.
I was diagnosed with vulvodynia when I was 17. I suffered for three years with horrible burning all day, painful sex with my boyfriend and just pure misery Sad I went into a spontaneous remission when I was 20. I'm still not sure how the pain stopped but all the sudden I could go an entire day without thinking of my vagina, sex started to …

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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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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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A sort of success story and then not

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A sort of success story and then not

Post  Graceface on Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:09 pm

Hey everyone
Hi
So before I start I should explain that my vagina and I do not get along, like all of us here it's the 'problem' area. I've had Vaginismus and vulvudynia since I was 24 and it seemed I couldn't have sex at all. Anyway low and behold I met a new partner at 31 I might add, so there's been a big gap of not doing anything sexual and we managed to have sex on two separate occasions. I was so happy to actually feel normal for once. I'm sure many of us can relate, it was literally so lovely, I could have cried. I just thought that was it for me....and then we actually managed to do something everyone else takes for granted!
Everything was fine at first because we used organic lubricant and condoms but after 2 weeks I've developed awful thrush that just won't clear. It's making me really depressed. Surely it would have developed sooner if it was realated to me having sex? Anyone have any ideas?

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Post  emalita on Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:43 pm

Hi,

Are you completely sure it's thrush? A test at the doctor's office came back positive?

The reason I ask is that a lot of women with vulvovaginal issues think they have an incurable yeast infection when that's not the case, and yeast creams will just make the issue worse.

I hope you find relief soon sunny

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Post  Graceface on Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:58 am

Hey, thanks for replying. Well, I had a swab taken on Saturday and the DR said it very much looks like thrush...apart from STIs is there something vulvudynia related it could be then?

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Post  emalita on Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:05 am

Unfortunately just because something looks or feels like thrush, it doesn't mean that it is thrush, but if you're convinced it is, I would highly recommend only using the anti yeast/thrush pill for treatment and not creams/vaginal products. They are horribly irritating, and many of us, including myself, have had lasting pain from the creams.

Vulvodynia is different for everyone. Depending on your symptoms, it could be anything from a product sensitivity (e.g. condoms, soap, lube, laundry detergent, shampoo, etc.) to overactive nerves. Even if some women have similar symptoms, the cause could vary greatly.

What are your specific symptoms (internal burning, vulvar itching, vulvar swelling, etc.)?
Are they worse at any particular time (e.g. penetration, urination, before your period, etc.)?
What have you tried so far to find relief either vaginally, on the vulva, or orally?
What have you actually been tested for (e.g. BV, yeast, STDs, etc.)?

I'm not a doctor, but my best advice is to stop everything, especially if you are still using vaginal treatments. I've found that I've made the most significant progress when I stopped adding irritating products to my vulva and vagina.

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Post  Graceface on Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:09 am

Hi
Wow thanks so much for trying to help, it's very kind of you. Yeah, I think I'm going to wait and see what the swab results are, the DR said she was reluctant to put me through anything else until she gets the results of those back. To be honest, I've had this for a long time now (probably always had it) and so it hadn't flared for a long time. There is a bit of soreness inside my vagina but mostly its external it itching and soreness...including just this weekend my inner thighs :-/ ....I don't think it was the penetration that made it flare because it about 2 weeks later that this started and afterwards I was sore (I could tell something had been inside)but then it settled down. I do feel better since taking the second oral pill. Thanks for the advice about the cream - I'll stop using that.

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Re: A sort of success story and then not

Post  Coop on Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:23 pm

Graceface wrote:Hey, thanks for replying. Well, I had a swab taken on Saturday and the DR said it very much looks like thrush...apart from STIs is there something vulvudynia related it could be then?

I have had a gp carry out a swab and tell me she was so sure I had thrush she wasn't even going to send it off, and yet it came back negative - it seems to be a symptom for some of us, that we get a thrush-like discharge. I would stop treatment until you get your results, or only take an oral thrush treatment.

Silly as it sounds, but could you be allergic to his shower gel or hand soap? Maybe ask him to use bbrands you know you're alright with?

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Post  Graceface on Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:03 pm

Coop wrote:
Graceface wrote:Hey, thanks for replying. Well, I had a swab taken on Saturday and the DR said it very much looks like thrush...apart from STIs is there something vulvudynia related it could be then?

I have had a gp carry out a swab and tell me she was so sure I had thrush she wasn't even going to send it off, and yet it came back negative - it seems to be a symptom for some of us, that we get a thrush-like discharge. I would stop treatment until you get your results, or only take an oral thrush treatment.

Silly as it sounds, but could you be allergic to his shower gel or hand soap? Maybe ask him to use bbrands you know you're alright with?

Hello Smile

That is very interesting as I've been sure I've had thrush before and have it come back negative, but that was with a self test, so I assumed I'd done it wrong...Hmmm, maybe it is that then? I am also super stressed out with other stuff at the moment and so I'm going to wait and see what the test said but maybe it's all causing a massive flare up Sad Sad Rolling Eyes

Yeah, I guess I could be, anything is worth a shot isn't it...I'm doing the Candida diet again now...ie: no sugar at all and hardly anything you can eat (not even peas!! - peas?!) so going to see if that helps....

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Re: A sort of success story and then not

Post  emalita on Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:17 pm

I know how horribly stressful this can all be. Try to be kind to yourself while healing. Sometimes we just need to get out of our own way to find lasting relief. I know that my issue was extremely exacerbated because of the treatments my doctor and I threw at it.

Soaking in a nice warm epsom salt bath can help provide temporary relief, but avoid the scented epsom salts!

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Post  Coop on Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:44 am

Graceface wrote:

That is very interesting as I've been sure I've had thrush before and have it come back negative, but that was with a self test, so I assumed I'd done it wrong...Hmmm, maybe it is that then? I am also super stressed out with other stuff at the moment and so I'm going to wait and see what the test said but maybe it's all causing a massive flare up  Sad Sad Rolling Eyes

Yeah, I guess I could be, anything is worth a shot isn't it...I'm doing the Candida diet again now...ie: no sugar at all and hardly anything you can eat (not even peas!! - peas?!) so going to see if that helps....

The interesting bit was that about 4 years later, I went to a new gynae, she also said I had thrush and told me to use a treatment, only for the test to come back negative again.... I don't think there is harm in a candida diet or the epsom salt suggestion - there are no chemicals to cause any side-effect!

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Post  WaahwaahUK on Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:45 pm

I would agree on being very cautious using thrush creams! I had various ointments thrown at me which all exacerbated the problem! If in doubt, take the oral thrush pill, and then be gentle with yourself. I'm sure mine was never thrush and my skin reacted so badly to the creams.

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