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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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Partial Vestibulectomy

Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:44 pm by JGD13

Hi all i am new here.
I had a partial vestibulectomy 21/7 for my provoked vulvodynia.
After a painful few days and feeling quite uncomfortable it seemed to get better. 1 week after i noticed some white stuff and gloopy discharge, it wasnt smelly or itchy but i got a check up at the gp surgery and the doctor said the stitches looked fine and i could just have a touch of thrush. He said this is …

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Post Vestibulectomy

Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:15 pm by infinitelywondering

Heya,

I had my vestibulectomy (full) about a day and a half ago. I was very sick and poorly just after the op and experienced intense pain down there Sad

However, today I came home and have done the following things:

-washed with warm water
-applied manuka honey to the area
-ensured I wash at least 3 times a day and dab the area dry gently
-use frozen peas to stop the swelling

As of now I am …

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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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Anyone from the PNW?

Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:54 am by jungleclover

I'm located near Portland and I would be really cool to actually meet someone with this issue. I think my roommate in college technically had this problem. She had an overgrown hymen removed and can't deal with penetration as a result. But she is gay so it seems like it hasn't been a huge problem for her (although we didn't talk about it much so there was possibly more to it than she let on). …

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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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UK based vestibulitis sufferer

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Post  MysteryMe on Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:31 am

I am 26. I was diagnosed with vestibulitis yesterday; until then I had never heard of it. Once it was explained to me it made perfect sense, though until that point I merely thought I had vaginismus. Now I understand that I suffer from both conditions, though obviously I am in the very early stages of diagnosis and I don't really know what will happen next so I am trying to find as much information and support as I can.

To give you a few details I have had this condition all my life, it only affects me when someone or something tries to penetrate me - when that happens I experience searing pain. I have had some sexual contact though sexual relations have always been painful and often distressing.

Psychologically I think I have blocked a lot out and it is going to take an awful lot to come to terms with this - especially as I don't feel I can talk to family or friends. I guess this is a common theme? My doctor has told me that I will receive psychosexual counselling which I am pleased about, though I know from my experiences with "regular counselling" that I am a tough nut to crack and once an idea is entrenched in my head it will be hard to shift it. On that basis I am considering hypnosis. Have any of you had experience of this?

I feel like a complete idiot as I know virtually nothing about a condition that has plagued my adult relationships. I am just so thankful that I have the NHS, for one thing, and that I have found a place where others have had similar experiences.

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Post  Sebby (Admin) on Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:27 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum

I too have had vaginismus & vulvodynia for as long as I can remember.

It has always effected my sex life and the ability to be examined and use tampons. The pain got more constant for me a few years back (dont panic this does not mean this will happen to you) and this was when I sought treatment. I just thought that prior to this I was just anxious.

I am now doing pelvic floor biofeedback when I can (its been a bit difficult lately) and am on Pregabalin 400mg

Things are up and down but I am getting periods of less and low pain so am thankful for that. I am also able to have a sex life again which is something I thought I couldnt do over the last few years.

Keep strong and read up as much as you can about the condition. This will help you decide which course of treatments you would like to explore and what you think could be a cause of your condition

As you have had vaginismus and pain on penetration for most of your life then I would suggest looking into the Pelvic Floor theory, I got my info from Dr Glazer's site www.vulvodynia.com - you can also ask to be refered to a womens physio or look for one yourself (make sure they have worked with this condition before if you can) Do not dismiss other theories though as a holistic approach is beneficial

Also you are not an idiot, I had no idea what was going on for years and this is what happens to many women. Many of us found that GP's knew nothing about it and many had not even heard of vulvodynia! There is not enough education and awareness even within the medical community. Lets hope this changes soon!!

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Re: UK based vestibulitis sufferer

Post  Aussie on Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:34 am

I have had hypnosis for depression. Cured it Smile

I also went back when V started, did not help with pain but stopped the anxiety associated with it.

As sebby said, biofeedback! for sexual pain it is the best thing ever. I have 24/7 pain and also sex pain but with biofeedback and physio the sex pain is way way better. I can even orgasm now! The problem is wanting sex, when I am in pain there so start with.

Hope this helps

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Post  MysteryMe on Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:33 pm

Thanks to both of you for the replies - it is so good to speak to someone who understands...I cannot even think about talking to a friend about it.

I have heard lots of people talk about biofeedback but I don't really know what it is. I'll do some research, thank you. My doctor told me "You can get help with this and we can make things better for you", which sounded amazing at the time. By reading your posts I am getting a much more realistic view of what to expect.

My sexual desire has never been a problem, which in a way makes my failure in sexual relationships even more frustrating. My boyfriend has been amazingly patient but I think really he has written off ever having amazing sex, or even satisfying sex, with me which is really upsetting and is at the root of a lot of unhappiness that I can't even begin to go into with him. I would love to change so that sex can be a major and successful part of our relationship. I'm terrified of losing him. Hearing that you can now orgasm has made me realise that I won't necessarily not do so myself. Thank you.

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Post  Aussie on Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:00 am

Yeah if my daily pain level is low (ie 2/10) I can usually get past it and get in the mood, If my clit isn't sore that day than thats how I orgasm. If I orgasm prior to sex it loosens everything else up and I am able to really enjoy it. But if my clits sore it doesn't work as well cos I can't orgasm first and I get the burning afterwards. Seem to be doing ok maybe twice a week. Hes good about it though If I am having a bad few weeks it's a no go. I always know how I am going to be based on the daily pain.

You will get there! xx

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UK based vestibulitis help

Post  Suffering on Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:36 am

Hi,

I was hoping someone could recommend a doctor who knows about vestibulitis. I am convinced that is what i have, all my symptoms match, sex is very painful, always has been, i suffer from Vaginismus also but i believe that the tightness in my muscles is a secondary problem cause by the initial pain.

I have seen a couple of doctors who are all pretty clueless, i tried raising this with them but they have never heard of Vestibulitis and the only treatment they will offer me is counseling.

It is driving me mad trying to find someone who will listen and actually offer me practical help. If anyone knows a specialist doctor in the UK that i can approach please let me know.

I am based in Bristol but willing to travel if i need to.

Thanks! x

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Also uk vestibulitis but with cuts and sores also

Post  Ukvestibulodynia on Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:02 pm

Hi I am also in my twenties (22 next month)and a newly diagnosed vestibulodynia sufferer and wondered what symptoms you get. Is it just pain? As I stated in a recent post I also get cuts and grazes after having sex but the dermatologist said this was not the cause if my pain and it was nerve related. Do u get and visible signs or just feel the pain and can't pysically see any reason for it.

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