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From a concerned husband

Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:45 pm by ConcernedYorkieHubby

Hello everyone,

This is probably a little unconventional, but I’m a man who is here because his wife has been diagnosed with vulvodynia. The poor girl has been suffering with vulva pain for around 10 years now, and I’ve been by her side through the pain and tears and doctors misunderstandings the whole way, and we’re both exhausted and terrified by the whole experience.

I’m sure a lot …

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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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Hi girls! New in this forum

Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:31 pm by Gaby

Hi everyone!

Also joining the V club, Here my story:

It all started last year in september with a very bad throat infection for which i had to take antibiotics for about a month. This cause several yeast infections (candidia albicans).... one after the other!. I had them every month from october 2017 till march 2018. During this period i use an incredible amount of anti-fungal creams and …

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Newbie and feeling helpless

Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:52 pm by Taylor1

Hi, I found out a few weeks ago that I have this condition, started off at the end of April as a uti took strong antibiotics then got a thrush infection and now this.. My doctor has tried me on amitriptyline and gabipentin and both made me so poorly I couldn't take it plus I have seen what long use of these drugs has done to my mom for pain and its not good. I am using coconut oil which does …

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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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Gabapentin Gel. or other topical creams

Thu May 10, 2018 9:43 am by Rosie21

Hi I have been suffering for some years with this abominable pain. I have tried most of the systemic drugs , I asked specialists and Doctors if I could at least try a topical treatment but because this requires a special prescription have been refused Has anybody had a chance of trying these? Thank you I will try to put a link on to some of the research into Gabapentin Gel. Thanks.

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What has been helping ME (much less pain over time!!)

Wed May 16, 2018 3:43 am by leoscc

Hello everyone! I vanished for quite some time as my life became consumed by not only this but other daily responsibilities as well. Shortly after my diagnosis, my boyfriend f 3 years left me as he did not want to deal with this. It left me broken for a while but also gave me time to figure out what the heck was going on. So, I will write out a quick list of my symptoms and what helped me.

1. I …

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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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Condoms Less Painful?

Mon May 07, 2018 3:35 am by stillinpain

I'm just curious, has anyone found using condoms to be less abrasive to the skin than without? I just got off birth control and haven't stretched myself out enough post surgery to try sex yet, but when I do I am wondering how trying it with condoms with affect the sensation. I feel like for me the skin to skin sensation creates pain, not just at my entrance but internally, too, since I also have …

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Saw vuval dermatologist..

Post  Sebby (Admin) on Sat May 21, 2011 7:03 pm


I saw a Vuval dermatoligist a few days ago (prob spelled that wrong lol)

I got her name off the Vuval Pain society's Vuval clinic list (this list is also on this forum..under Vulvodynia info)

I saw her at Whips Cross hosptial and she was the first dr who really knew about V and seemed to really care.

She examined me and said that I do not have any skin disease..phew! I guess

I told her about the biofeedback from Dr Glazer and she said "oh Howard!" yeah she knew him and his research, that was odd lol. What was also very interesting from the examination is she said that when she pressed on the entrance to my Vagina she felt my pelvic floor tighten and go into spasm! This is the first time a dr has confirmed for me what I have thought was going on!

She said to carry on with the Pregabalin for the time being, the biofeedback and told me to do pilates as a way of relaxing the pelvic floor. She also recommended a book called "a headache in the Pelvis" which I am about to Google to find out more about it.

She also stated to carry on with the counselling to help with the psychological aspects of pain and gave me lidocaine for bad pain days. I havent tried this yet am a little nervous.

She also said that there was a current experiment in the USA where they got a bunch on women to use Lidocaine 5% for a month 3 times a day and this helped to calm the nerve endings

I'm gonna try the lidocaine on a different piece of skin first as she said it will sting at first..gulp!

Right am off to google that book..but all in all Im told im doing all the right things and she was the best dr I have ever seen Smile

Keep the faith girls she said it is so possible for us to get better!

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Re: Saw vuval dermatologist..

Post  noni on Sun May 22, 2011 2:34 am

Hey Sebby!

Your post pretty much summed up my last Vulvar dermatologist appointment! Smile

Its good to know you are otherwise healthy down there and dont have a skin condition.

Im tired, sorry. Long day.

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Post  Sarah001 on Sun May 22, 2011 1:05 pm

That sounds like a good appointment Sebby, alot more informed than the Vulvar Dermatologist I see! My Women's Health Physio had heard of Dr Glazer too but wasn't keen on his method so she hadn't met him or attended a course etc. As for your doctor suggesting Pilates for relaxing the pelvic floor, be very careful with that as pilates style exercises flared my V up in the first place as I was using too much pelvic floor activity. If you've seen my post about the Transversus Abs and Pelvic Floor I'm waiting for Isa Herrera to get back to us with any tips she can give about using the TrA without contracting the pelvic floor which is what she recommends in her book to strengthen the core but not overdo the PF. If you've tried it and have found a way to do that please share! Otherwise at least there's one Vulvar Dermatologist with some understanding about this and who bothered to check the pelvic floor! Mine won't even discuss the pelvic floor, she just looks blank when I bring it up and then proceeds to tell me which drug she's adding this time.

I've got some lidocaine ointment but it really irritated my inflamed skin. It's really for provoked V so sex and tampons don't hurt so much, if pain is everywhere on the vulva it won't do alot because it's only applied in the vestibule but it's personal choice if you try it.

I almost bought a Headache In The Pelvis but someone on a review said it was alot about how it's in your head which put me off, I don't know if it is or not as I just read reviews about it. A good book I've recently read is When Sex Hurts which was mentioned in another thread and it's really good because it scorns the diagnosis of Vulvodynia which of course we all know doesn't tell us what's wrong and goes through all the possible causes and treatment options which I liked. For me I know my pelvic floor and wobbly pelvis are the cause but it's nice to read about it and see what it says about how that connects to inflamed skin etc.

Anyway glad you're happy after your appointment. Wink
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Post  Aussie on Wed May 25, 2011 2:43 am

Hey Sarah,

I think I have got it! I have worked out how to tense abs and not pelvic floor, if that's what you mean? I gently contract abs then do the "drop' of pelvic floor and I can feel it completely relax, as if I wasnt tensing my abs. I feel it through my bottom cheeks to, if that makes a difference, just eveything relaxes. I hope this helps.

Sebby glad you have found someone that hasn't brushed you off Smile xx

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Post  Sarah001 on Wed May 25, 2011 9:26 am

Ok I can kind of do that, I can relax the pelvic floor a little bit while holding the abs tense but not all the way! I even tried it while peeing, trying to keep the flow constant while tensing the abs but it sort of reduced down to a dribble! Rolling Eyes I find my pelvic floor flutters while I'm trying to do it, it desperately wants to tighten up and keeps fluttering on and off. Bloody pelvic floors!
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Re: Saw vuval dermatologist..

Post  Sebby (Admin) on Thu May 26, 2011 8:05 pm


Thanks girls...have just bought the Gym Ball recommened in the book so will be trying it this weekend!

Im not sure I understand how to do it all at the moment but I will give it a go and if it makes it worse I'll just stop

As for the lidocaine..well I tried it whilst having a flare up and It didnt make anything numb! Maybe I didnt use enough? it said between 2 and 4 centimetres so tried just 2 at first.

It well stings like she said when you first put it on..really not sure I like it..I mean if it stung and then made it go numb I might think differently but I didnt feel any difference?

I just put it on the vestibule area and wondered if this would help with the sitting etc during the flare up but I still had to lie down as sitting still put too much pressure on it!

Really am disapointed with it but I will probably just try it again and use more..if its still rubbish I just wont bother


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