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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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Newly diagnosed

Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:37 pm by Brevispink

Hello everyone. I have recently been diagnosed with unprovoked vulvodynia and would really appreciate some advice and support. I have had a chronic urine infection for 16 months and was on antibiotics for 9 of those months. I have been very uncomfortable for the entire time, but now I have absolutely unbearable stinging and burning all day with itching too. The infection has just about gone, …

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Recent "Poke" Pain - So Confused/Losing My Mind

Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:26 am by kelseybeth23

Long Story, but I am losing my mind and getting really depressed, so if I tell the full story maybe someone can help me.

Back in August I started to get an itch down there. Normally, in the past, when this would happen, I would change the way I wore my clothes, take more baths instead of showers, and use Monistat. This time, after about two weeks of no relief, I started to get concerned. I was …

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Does anyone else experience this?

Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:21 pm by Angelmegs

Hi— im new here. Im incredibly desperate so if anyone has any suggestions i would greatly appreciate it. Im a 20 year old female with vulvodynia and vaginismus. I was on the birth control pill (junel fe lo estrin) from age 13-18 because of severe menstrual pain. I used the xulane patch for a few months when i was 18 but eventually stopped BC altogether because it interferes with my med for …

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Post Full Vestibulectomy - 5 Years Later - Please Read

Tue May 02, 2017 6:18 pm by jen007

Hi All,

It's been awhile since I've written a new topic on the forum. Wondering if any of the same ladies are still here. I've come back to update you all on my post vestibulectomy results. I can't remember if I've done an update on my current state, so forgive me if this is repeated information... I can't remember how to view my old posts! Anyway, let me get on with my update.

For 4 years post …

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Do you ever worry that you're making it up?

Fri May 27, 2016 6:50 am by Lucci

Hello,

I was diagnosed with Vaginismus and Vulvar Vestibulitis 10 years ago. I was 18 and scared and moving across the country for college, but luckily was able to find a doctor who specialized in 'Women's Health' who immediately put me into physical therapy. Long story short, I've been in and out of the system ever since.

A few years into treatment, I had the diagnosis of PTSD added on for …

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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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Cured of Vulvodynia

Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:39 am by angelique2016

I used to post on this forum a long time ago and told everyone of how I was cured of my vulvodynia by a (Melbourne Australia) female dermatologist, she put me on very low doses of Nortriptyline (Allergron) for pain management about 10mgs I believe it was, and she also had me use Advantan Fatty Ointment (not the cream) (although I saw the cream for sale on ebay from germany) so it might help, as …

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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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Post  Birdy on Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:46 pm

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 infection, which was treated with Diflucan, I haven't been normal.

The skin around my vaginal opening (the vestibule) and an additional thin strip going up to my clitoris have been red ever since.  I don't have constant pain, only when provoked and usually only during intercourse.  I can insert small things like tampons just fine because they don't really come in contact with the vestibule skin in question.  Any prolonged contact, however, sets it on fire.  The harder and longer the contact the worst the burn and the longer it takes to go away.

My gyno had me start using lidocaine, which I had mixed results with.  Sometimes it just made the burning worse.  I'm thinking about trying nightly treatments instead of the only with sex method.  She also put me on an estrogen cream.  I don't feel like it has done anything.  I started doing acupuncture, but I can't tell if it has helped.  There were maybe four times in the last two months where I had pain free sex (for reference I usually have sex 3-4 times a week, even with this issue), so I figured maybe things were on the upswing.

However, I recently had a huge setback. I got another yeast infection last week thanks to having to be on prednisone for nine days after having a severe allergic reaction to an unknown cause (possibly a glass of sparkling red wine I'd never had before).  The yeast infection was worse than last time and I'm scared it has damaged the already messed up skin further.  If I press down on the previously red skin right now I can provoke pretty significant pain that I was not able to before unless I had sex recently (which I haven't because my boyfriend has been traveling for several weeks).  I am praying it will lessen as I get further away from the yeast infection.

So essentially I have red vestibule skin on either side of the vaginal opening extending to the clitoral area accompanied by moderate to severe burning pain (particularly in the vaginal entrance, aka the area which gets the most contact) after sex.   I only wear cotton underwear, have switched laundry soaps to Nellie's All Natural, and am in the process of switching to all natural hand and body soaps.  I take a Femdopholis probiotic daily.

I had a wonderful life before this happened.  Literally no vaginal/vulval problems to speak of.  My sex life was amazing.  Now, I feel like I am cursed.  I feel like I have read so few stories of cures or people becoming permanently pain free.  I am in disbelief that I could go my whole life and have nothing wrong with me... only to have repeated infections and now this in only six months.  I want to be normal again so badly.  I have no idea what this was caused by.  Pelvic floor muscles?  Dermatitis?  Nerves firing for no reason?  Should I be doing physical therapy even though it doesn't seem to be related to my muscles?  Is it possibly nerves even though it's only provoked pain?  Any advice or words of support would be much appreciated.

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Re: New w/ Secondary Provoked Vestibuldynia

Post  Hatty on Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:25 pm

Have u tried Gabapentine?

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Re: New w/ Secondary Provoked Vestibuldynia

Post  StellaLuna on Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:37 pm

Your story reminds me a lot mine. My problems started because of a yeast infection. From my experience try not to apply anything to the area because it will make it worst. Also try not to take any antibiotics exept it is really necessery. Doctors seems to give antibiotics for no reason. I think that the only thing that really helped me is amitriplyline which is an antidepressant.

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Don't worry :)

Post  Ilya on Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:52 pm

I suggest you read this book "When sex hurts:A Woman's Guide to Banishing Sexual Pain" by Andrew Goldstein. It has all the information you need to know about your condition. It is very well written and easy to understand. I myself am reading it right now and am in the middle of the book. I found it very helpful to have more information. Before I read this book I was so confused and scared. Now that I know all about the causes, types and treatments of PVD I feel I can manage to treat mine.

I hope it helps you the same way as it helped me.

About the lidocaine I guess it's fine that it stings a little bit at the beginning. I think I read in this book (or somewhere online) that it stings a little bit at the beginning before the area is fully numb. Also my gynecologist asked me to apply it twice a day (one in the morning one at night) no matter if I am having sex or not. And of course 10 minutes before sex as well. It was also mentioned in the book that there are some studies shown that frequently applying lidocaine shows improve in the sensitivity of the area.

If you read the book you yourself will know what specific type of vulvodynia you have and you will see the treatment for it right there in the same chapter.

Hope you will feel better soon and be pain free. <3

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I think I'm cured!

Post  Birdy Yesterday at 3:47 am

Hi everyone,

I swore if I was ever cured I'd come back and update, since so few people remember to.

Since April (when I first posted) a whole lot has changed.  I started doing pelvic floor therapy, got off synthetic estrogen, and discovered I have a new sensitivity to my partner's pubic hair.  I have no idea if one of those things alone would have changed things for me, but I've been pain free since July.  As long as I maintain good pelvic floor strength and my partner stays trimmed, I don't have any problems.

While I'm dealing with new problems now (extensive hair loss from going off combination birth control/using the Mirena), at least I no long have vulvar pain! I was so hopeless for so long that I never imagined I'd be where I am now.

I hope my story gives someone hope Smile.

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