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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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Cushion question

Post  Joolibee on Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:49 pm

Hello everyone, I've seen a cushion on Amazon.com, designed especially for people with vulval type pain. It seems to be sold via the IC network. Instead of having a hole in the middle, it has a kind of trough down the centre. I thought I would order one, as the normal doughnut cushions put too much pressure on the backs of my thighs, thus causing more pain. Unfortunately, when I tried to order it, I received a message saying the item could not be delivered to my address. I am currently in France, but I assume it could not be delivered to my UK address either. I am wondering whether anyone else in UK / Europe has come across this type of cushion and if so, where did you get it from? And did it help? Question

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Post  Aussie on Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:05 am

I got one from the IC Network but the gap between where your legs go and the gap for the vulva was too small, it still touched and hurt. I can't stand any pressure at all.

I made my own:

I got one of those cushions that go on outdoor chairs and I took out the stuffing in the middle bit so there is a huge gap between where my bottom/legs are and where my vulva goes. There is still slight pressure but it is better than nothing, and way cheeper too! Smile

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Post  Joolibee on Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:53 am

Hi Aussie,thanks for the advice. There's loads of outdoor cushions in the local supermarket at the moment, (it being early summer here). I'll give that a try. Like you say, it will be much less expensive as well. Thanks again. J cheers

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Re: Cushion question

Post  key_lime_teddy on Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:28 am

I use a boppy as a cushion to set on... I just sewed up the two parts that is not joined and just set on it.. It's works as good as any other cushion out there. I like it cause I can take off the cover and wash it any time..
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Post  Joolibee on Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:52 am

Thanks for that. I had never heard of boppy cushions before, but just googled it. Are they softer than donut cushions? I think it's the memory foam in donut cushions that I have a problem with - it creates too much pressure on the back of my thighs and creates a type of sciatica. I'm busy experimenting at the moment with some cheapo cushions I bought at the supermarket. Not quite got it right yet, but it's bringing out a new creativity in me Smile

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Re: Cushion question

Post  JemimaSurrender on Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:10 pm

I've just bought one of these...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hemorrhoids-Cushion-Donut-Pregnant-Woman-Ventilation-/180660068975?_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D5%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D5209585479785673753

I actually don't tend to sit up straight generally, as I don't have to sit for my job, and when I'm at home I tend to sit further back, almost on the bottom of my spine so the whole vulva/bottom area is off the seat.

However, I eat at my boyfriends house the majority of the week and there I sit on a settee and eat our food off a coffee table which means I have to sit right forward and my, oh my! I'd never noticed that sitting in a certain position hurt before, but lately it's been very awkward and painful, so I'm soooooo excited to get this cushion!

I had been fashioning my own seating device, by putting a cushion under each cheek, thus creating a canal in the middle. Not comfortable whilst you're eating your tea, but it seemed to do the job.

I'd looked at similar cushions before and found them to be quite expensive, and I wasn't keen on a memory foam one either, so I was delighted when I found this as it's a bit cheaper than the others, and it looks very cute and comes in different colours!

Plus, as it doesn't look so clinical I thought it might be a bit more subtle and people wouldn't ask too many questions. As it goes... Whilst searching eBay for one, I found the same as the above, but also a square version, and you can get Hello Kitty, and a Nightmare Before Xmas one.

I'll look forward to my delivery!

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Re: Cushion question

Post  ButterflyLiz on Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:33 pm

Hiya! Getting a special cushion is definitely a great idea, I bought one for my chair at work when it was getting to the point where I really couldn’t sit on a normal chair all day and it’s made SUCH a difference. I’ve got one for my car now, too. I know what you mean about the slouchy type of sitting too, I catch myself doing it all the time and I’m sure I’m just making problems for myself in the future. Must try not to do that but it seems to just happen!

I have heard that the donut cushions can restrict blood flow to the thighs so just be aware that that’s a possibility. The ones I use are pressure relief cushions (sort of bumpy) with a big cutout bit in the middle for the vulva. They’re not too expensive. Link as follows:

http://putnams.co.uk/sitting/bonyparts-sero-pressure-cushion

Can get a few funny looks when I carry them around but I just tell them it’s for back problems, unless I feel like getting into the whole sorry saga!!

Liz x
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Post  sadone on Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:15 pm

The worst pain for me is when I am driving because I can't adjust my sitting position. I'd end up with burning discomfort any time I drove anywhere. Then, I bought a donut cushion, and the pain just disappeared. Thank goodness. Now I can drive on long trips with no pain.

The cushion definitely made a difference in my life. I thought I wouldn't be able to drive again without pain.

If the donut cushion doesn't work for you, I'm sure the other kind mentioned will make a HUGE difference.

It changed my life!

Good luck and let us know how it works for u! Smile

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Re: Cushion question

Post  Chinchilla on Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:28 pm

Ugh, I know what you mean about sitting on your tailbone! I slouch like that, too, to avoid sitting on my vulva, and unfortunately I have to go to the chiropractor somewhat regularly to get my pelvic/hip joint put back in.

And then there's going to people's houses...one of the first things I notice when I go somewhere for a meal is "oh goody, look at their nice set of wooden chairs". And then after the meal they want to continue sitting there chatting - hello, in agony here!

At home we have wooden chairs too, but I've put cushions on them. My husband has gotten to liking the cushions, too, haha! My computer chair I've put a neck pillow on - you know, the kind people have on airplanes? It's kinda gotten squashed flat though, and so I might look into some of the ideas and links people have posted here.
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Re: Cushion question

Post  JemimaSurrender on Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:29 pm

So... I received my cushion on Thursday, which already had me impressed as it had come from Japan in around about a week, wow!

So far I've got to say... I absolutely love it!! It's fantastic. Soooo comfy, stops almost all the pain when I'm sitting eating my tea, and is just the right size to get in the perfect position. Infact, it's so good my boyfriend even had a nap on it yesterday.

I'm so happy I bought it, I really recommend it to anyone. Here's the link again if anyone's interested:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hemorrhoids-Cushion-Donut-Pregnant-Woman-Ventilation-/180660068975?_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D5%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D5443813816860167611

Please, go buy now! It will save your life. Ha ha!

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Re: Cushion question

Post  Loveactually on Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:45 pm

ButterflyLiz wrote:
I have heard that the donut cushions can restrict blood flow to the thighs so just be aware that that’s a possibility. The ones I use are pressure relief cushions (sort of bumpy) with a big cutout bit in the middle for the vulva. They’re not too expensive. Link as follows:

http://putnams.co.uk/sitting/bonyparts-sero-pressure-cushion


Completely agree with you Liz, this cushion is fab! Glad you agree!

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