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I'M NEW - Do I listen to my gyno who I feel has it wrong?

Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:17 pm by Tunes25

Hello!

I am a 25 year old woman and wanted to share my story here as I feel frustrated by the suggestions of my gyno and am hoping for some advice.

To give the context for this: in September 2016 I moved in with my long term boyfriend after living abroad a year and (nearly) abstaining from sex. Within a few weeks I had got a yeast infection which I treated myself successfully, but then 2 weeks …

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I cured myself 100% of vulvodynia twenty years ago--I hope this helps someone

Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:33 pm by totallycured

Hi,

Every so often I'm reminded of the constant, persistent, horrible pain I was in two decades ago, and I reach out to try to help others who are suffering. If someone had offered me a solution during that terrible time, I'd have jumped at it. I hope this helps someone.

Yes, I did have terrible vulvodynia. It felt like someone poured acid all over my vulva. My doctor confirmed it and was …

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Hi Im from Australia :)

Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:08 am by emma

Hi girls... I live in Australia.
I am currently undergoing a new treatment for vulvodynia. Just wondering if anyone else here has tried it. It's Endep in the form of cream to apply directly on the area. I dont know if anyone else has tried this but so far evidently it has had a 50% success rate.
Anyway i feel at a loss. This new treatment is exciting but at the same time i just dont feel like …

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Somebody please help me...

Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:05 am by Andlag

Hey everyone,

since I started being sexually active i often experienced burning in my vagina which was often worse during sex /around the time of my period or when using lubricants. I was never able to use tampons because the one time i tried putting them in it felt like acid was poured on my skin. Fast forward to 2 months ago when I got a UTI and an allergic reaction in my vagina. I thought it …

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Lidocaine with condoms?

Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:44 pm by AEM1

Hi everyone! My doctor just prescribed me a topical lidocaine to administer before sex, but I forgot to ask if it is okay to use with condoms. Has anyone else used this before and know it is safe to use with condoms? Thanks! Very Happy
Unrelated, but I just started Lyrica a few weeks ago...no changes yet, but I'm hopeful something will come out of it. 3 years with vulvodynia and unable to have sex …

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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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Recently Diagnosed which has motivated my research study

Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:54 pm by ebclose2free

Hi everyone,

My name is Eliza Barach and I was diagnosed with vulvodynia in October of 2017. I'm also PhD student at the State University of New York at Albany. I work several professors at SUNY, but one in particular, Dr. Mitch Earleywine researches marijuana and its possible efficacy as an alternative treatment. Our previous examined cannabis and symptoms of PMS/PMDD and found that women …

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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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New and desperate for advice

Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:37 pm by srbry

Hi everyone,

I'm new here and was told to find a support group because this is all getting a bit much really...

I lost my virginity when I was 18 and it hurt - that was normal. Loads of women had told me that it hurt so that was fine I didn't question that. I was with the same guy for a couple of months and each time after that it was uncomfortable and not great. I didn't tell him because I …

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Is a biopsy necessary for diagnosis?

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Is a biopsy necessary for diagnosis?

Post  lolainslacks on Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:25 pm

I'm curious, as I know that vulvodynia is what I have but I have not been diagnosed yet. Before I had my hymen removed, I was sure that that was what was causing my pain. However, I also suspected some form of vulvodynia, because I knew that I had pain even without penetration (sitting, tight clothes, etc). I lied to my gynecologist about this, because I knew that if she thought I had vulvodynia she would assume that that was my only problem, and she wouldn't want to give me the hymenectomy. And I knew that I needed my hymen removed. I was right, because it turns out my hymen was much thicker than it should have been and would not have broken naturally.

Anyway, now that it's gone, I can rule it out as a source of pain and I know that I have vulvodynia, but I am worried about all of the 'testing' they apparently have to do to rule out other things. I'm wondering, is it possible for a doctor to diagnose and treat you for vulvodynia without doing a biopsy? If I tell her my history in detail, and tell her about the 'cotton swab/q-tip test' I performed on myself, etc, can she diagnose and treat me after simply hearing this info? I am terrified of getting a biopsy, because I assume you would have to have it done awake, which either means scraping/slicing my vagina (OUCH) or giving me a vaginal anaesthetic (ALSO OUCH). I can't face the idea of any more pain there, I just want to be given the lidocaine cream and skip all of this stuff. After years and years of pain, I can't handle any more.

If I've had vulvar pain all of my life, which I have, surely this means that it can't be some form of cancer, and a biospy wouldn't be necessary?

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Re: Is a biopsy necessary for diagnosis?

Post  Sarah001 on Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:54 pm

I was like you and absolutely terrified of a biopsy, the day I first went to see the vulvar dermatologist I doped myself up on painkillers and was so nervous I was shaking but then she said it wouldn't be necessary when I got there! It really depends on who you see, what there is to see in the vulval area and what the symptoms are. If you have itching it might make them think one is a good idea and if you have areas that could be a skin condition that might too. I have some red inflamed skin but it didn't look classicly like any skin condition and I didn't have itching so the dermatologist left it alone. There's several women on here who have had biopsies done though who will be able to discuss them with you.
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Re: Is a biopsy necessary for diagnosis?

Post  lolainslacks on Sat Apr 23, 2011 1:20 pm

Thank you, that eases my mind a little. There is really nothing to see down there in my case. Everything LOOKS normal. There is no redness, no inflammation, no swelling of any kind. And I have no itching. I would have thought that a biopsy would only be necessary if they suspected cancer of some kind, but surely they would only consider that as an option if the pain came out of nowhere after years of pain free sex? Whereas I've had pain all my life.

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Re: Is a biopsy necessary for diagnosis?

Post  Sarah001 on Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:14 pm

I would think having pain all your life would make it much less likely you'll need a biopsy. Mine came on suddenly after years of no pain and I still didn't have a biopsy done, it depends alot on what they can see. If you can't see anything at all it's very unlikely they'll think a biopsy is necessary. It's not just cancer they biopsy for, some skin conditions like Lichen Sclerosus are diagnosed through biopsies but again there would be something to see and itching for that. I doubt you'll be offered a biopsy in your situation.
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Re: Is a biopsy necessary for diagnosis?

Post  noni on Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:24 am

I went to 3 seperate dermatologists...one was a vulvar specialist.

At each appointment the doctor would perform a physical examination of the area and never once did they suggest a biopsy. If on the surface your tissue appears within normal range they most likely wont biopsy...I guess because it causes more pain and they just dont see it fitt for the situation.

According to them, my tissue is normal (whatever that means...I guess mild redness and swelling is normal?????)

Anyways...

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Re: Is a biopsy necessary for diagnosis?

Post  jules on Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:30 am

Hello, all i had was some mild redness and swelling. after months and months of trying to figure out what was wrong w/ me, the doc did do a biopsy to rule out cancer and a skin disorder. I think it's just part of the process of trying to identify what disorder a woman may have. It's ruling out all possibilities. but, may not be necessary.

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Re: Is a biopsy necessary for diagnosis?

Post  noni on Wed May 11, 2011 12:56 am

Just to add....

alot of biopsies show, at most, inflammation.

So, what does that mean ??!! Is it from yeast or nerve irritation?

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