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» How I cured my Vulvodynia!
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» Amitriptyline given for vulvodyina pain
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» Needing some reassurance
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» Amitriptyline Success and new-found love
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» New diagnosis, any advice whilst I wait for a specialist
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» Vestibulectomy today and no pain
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» MY STORY & Vestibulectomy 2/8/17
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Amitriptyline given for vulvodyina pain

Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:46 pm by katycrawford

Hi there,

After years of being misdiagnosed etc as most women have on this forum I have finally been diagnosed with vulvodynia (yay) and have been given the lowest dose of an antidepressant called Amitriptyline. Has anyone been on this before and has any positive (or negative) news to give me? Im feeling down already and I've only been taking it for a few days, I don't have much hope of it …

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New diagnosis, any advice whilst I wait for a specialist

Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:47 pm by Julesyjules


I'm new here and wanted to ask for some advice whilst I wait to see a specialist nurse.

After urinary problems which lasted 7 weeks, I finally saw a urologist, who on examination discovered significant inflammation and called in a gynaecologist, who diagnosed vestibulitis. They referred me to a nurse who specialises in vulvar skin issues. That was 5 weeks ago, and I'm still waiting for the …

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Vulvodynia help

Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:27 pm by Katiej

Hi guys new here and newly diagnosed. So I had bv and then after alot of antibiotics and home remedies I still continued to have weird symptoms despite swabs being negative. Two seperate gynes have told me I have vulvodynia as a result of the area being overwhelmed. So first gave me lidocaine which xidnt do much. No I am on amitriptyline for the past 5 days. Seems to be kicking in a little (im a …

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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


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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Do we belong?

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Do we belong?

Post  Cait on Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:47 pm

Hello, I'm a transgender woman and I'm asking on behalf of trans women with vulvodynia whether or not we belong in a forum such as this. Obviously we wouldn't want to intrude if we're not welcome - i.e. if our pain is less 'legitimate' because we were not born with vulvas and we had surgery to create them.



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Re: Do we belong?

Post  Mette on Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:25 am

Hi Cait

I'm new to this forum as well, so I don't know what the general consensus is, but in my opinion pain is pain.
To me the worst thing about this disease is that it makes it difficult to have a normal sex-life, which makes it difficult to have normal love life. From looking around on this forum it seems that a lot of women feel that way. I can't imagine what that must be like for you. Trying to establish an intimate relationship with someone with all the prejudice and stereotypes on top of all the problems the rest of us are experiencing. I can only imagine the frustration you must feel, when you finally get the body that you want (I imagine that it is a very long and difficult process) and then you a still not able to live the life you long for because of this horrible condition.
I think we can all relate to the frustration that comes with the tabu of this pain condition. And just because you had your vulva created it doesn't mean that it is less real.

Did your pain come as a result of the surgery or did it emerge afterwards?
What kind of treatment are you trying to relief the pain?

best, Mette


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Re: Do we belong?

Post  Sarah001 on Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:51 pm

Hi Cait, my first thought was would anything we discuss here be relevant to you then I realised of course it would, some ladies here have pain provoked by surgery and therefore possibly nerve damage or scar tissue etc. Then there's the pelvic floor, surgery in the genital region could quite easily set off pelvic floor dysfunction in women born with vulvas and women who weren't. Then of course hormones, or spinal issues or hip problems etc etc so I don't see any reason why this forum wouldn't be a suitable place for you ladies. I'm sure the majority of women on here will agree with me and Sebby is our founder and leader but a bit under the weather right now or I'm certain she'd be welcoming you the same as she does everyone. So welcome to the forum and feel free to discuss anything with us.

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Re: Do we belong?

Post  Cait on Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:59 am

Thank you for your replies; I understand that my question was probably a little awkward and unexpected.
A little history wouldn't go amiss:
I had GRS (Genital Reconstructive Surgery) in November last year, to create a functioning vagina and vulva. I had problems after surgery with clitoral sensitivity, which meant that I couldn't walk without a lot of pain, even though everything appeared to be well healed. I also had pressure pain on the bottom of my outer labia which made having penetrative sex really sore and made wearing certain kinds of underwear totally out of the question.
The clitoral situation has vastly improved, though I still get the odd twinge now and again for no apparent reason.
The labial pain, while better, is still there and continues to cause problems during sex, though I can mentally master the pain sometimes. If I wear bikini-styled underwear, it starts to become uncomfortable after a couple of hours.
Then of course there is the regular dilation I have to do to keep my vaginal cavity from closing, which really doesn't bear mentioning, since that's often one big uncomfortable pain-fest.
So that's my story.
I'm hoping that it all just goes away with time. It's been nine months now and I hope it doesn't end up lasting a lifetime.


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Re: Do we belong?

Post  Sarah001 on Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:28 pm

I can't help but think there's going to be trigger points and restrictions in your pelvic floor, it must have been heavily involved in the surgery and quite possibly reducing blood flow to the area. Have you tried skin rolling the labia? It can help remove stuck fascia, trigger points and help reduce sensitivity to touch, it's always recommended for anyone with scarring in the area so it might help.

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