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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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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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Newbie to the site

Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:16 am by Ksa

Hello. Thank you for this wonderful site. I'm currently under the care of a dr in Phoenix that specializes in vaginal disorders. I will probably be on a suppository of estridol the rest of my life and I am currently on medications for a rare form of vaginitis that's pretty unheard of for my age. My vagina literally hates me. I've struggled with vulvadynia for 20 years, the duration of my …

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New to the site and just had a vestibulectomy

Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:19 am by Hopeitworks

Hello Everyone,

I have been suffering from vulvodynia for years! So I decided to go ahead and have vestibulectomy on July 28, 2017. I really wished I would of found this site before I went through with the surgery. Maybe I would have been more prepared to deal with recovering. I just need someone to talk and I dont mind hearing your story.

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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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can anyone recommend a good dermatologist in LA?

Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:17 pm by saffron

Hi, I am wondering if anyone knows a vulvar dermatologist in Los Angeles? My problems seem to be external, but I'm having trouble finding a knowledgable doctor. My current dermatologist is pretty cosmetic based and I'm afraid all the products he prescribed actually made my situation so much worse!

I know there a few drs in Orange County/San Diego, but was hoping to stay local as even …

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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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I'm scared

Post  Lynn on Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:41 am

I'm 15 years old. My grandma and her sisters all had this, my step mom and her sisters, my step sister. They all had it. But they don't offer the same comfort as my own mother would... My symptoms started a few months ago, but I've had PTSD for over a year. History of sexual abuse. Is there anyway to stop this permanently? Anything, kill all nerves in me if I have to. I just got married a month ago... My husband was just starting to show me that sex didn't have to be violent, or controlling, or painful... and now this. Please, I don't care how, but there has to be a way. Does anyone know of a permanent solution to this problem?

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Post  Mette on Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:09 am

Hi Lynn
First of all I'd like to tell you that I feel for you. It's not easy having this condition at such a young age (I was 17 myself when it started) and it sounds like you had a very difficult life so far.

There are lots of treatments for vulvodynia, but it's difficult to say which one is right for you, because every case is different.
Have you seen a doctor? If so what did she/he tell you?
The first thing you need to rule out is yeast or another kind of infection. If you have an infection it can be very easy to treat, but you need to get a doctor to take the tests.
If it turns out you don't have an infection there are lots of treatments you can try.

One thing I think this forces you to do is to take your own feelings seriously. There is a very powerful emotional componant to this and it is important to be comfortable and relaxed when you have sex otherwise it will hurt. To me this means that I have to make myself say no, if I don't feel like it eventhough I'm scared that my boyfriend will be angry or disappointed. Most of the time he understands, but even if he didn't it's still my body and I need to trust that whatever I feel is okay. That's important for all women to realise, but it's especially important to us, because it will worsen our condition if we don't.

How does your husband feel about this?

There is a way and I'm confident that you will not suffer from this always, but there's no easy answer and it is going to take som time.


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Re: I'm scared

Post  Lynn on Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:17 pm

My husband is really good about this. Very good, an odd duck you might say seeing as he's just a year older than I am. I saw a few doctors, but people keep talking about tests and things and no one really did anything... it says that I have PTSD in my file, they're probably worried more contact would require sedation. That's what the doctors and counselors said the first time I went. Isn't there a way to just deaden all your vaginal nerves?

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Post  Mette on Sat Oct 01, 2011 1:00 pm

I'm really glad to hear that your husband is so great about all this. He sounds like a great guy Smile

If you want to try to numb your nerves, try to use some lidocaine creme before sex (and any other time it hurts). You can get it over the counter at the pharmacy. It takes 30-45 minutes to work, so what worked really well for me was to put it on and then have foreplay for a little over half an hour. By the time the creme worked I would also be really turned on, which made everything a lot easier.
It's also really good to try and touch yourself (not in a sexual way) to explore where the pain is and how your body reacts. Also try to have sex in ways that doesn't hurt you (without penetration). That was really important to me since all the pain really killed my sex drive and it's nice to get in touch with that side of yourself.

Let me know how it works out for you and tell me if you need to talk about anything...

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Re: I'm scared

Post  Lynn on Sun Oct 02, 2011 7:55 pm

It hurts all the time though... how long does it last? And isn't there a way to do that permanently? Nerve taps and such, I've heard of permanent ones. I just want this to stop NOW. I know there are surgical nerve blocks, done by removing tissues or permanently damaging the nerves therein. ...My pain causes my panic attacks, and my panic attacks cause my pain... I can't function normally anymore

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Post  Mette on Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:41 am

I understand your desperation. I think every woman on this forum has felt that way at some point.
But you have to be patient. It's true that there are surgeries, which might help, but there is also a very high risk that it will just make your problem a lot worse.
There are lots of little things you can try. The lidocaine creme is a good one. The only side effect is some stinging in the beginning and there is no way of overdosing it, so you can use it as much as you need. If you do it 5-6 times a day you should be covered. You can also put some on a piece of cotton and sleep with it in your underwear. Some women are helped permanently by this, but it will take some time (3-6 months at least). My gyno suggested me to touch the area where it hurts for about ten minutes a day (not in a way that it really hurts). It is supposed to deaden the nerves because it gets rid of the association between touch and pain. But all of it will take some time.

I'm not a doctor, but it seems to me that your vulvodynia is very closely linked to your PTSD. Are you seeing a psychologist to help you with your panic attacks?
Maybe if you overcome some of your traumas it will also help with your vulvodynia. Lots of women who have been through sexual abuse get problems with cramps in the vagina for a long time afterwards. It's a perfectly natural reaction, because your body associates that area with something traumatic.
I know that this is not what you want to hear, because this is not a quick solution either. It takes a lot of courage to deal with PTSD, but I think it's the only really permanent solution for you.



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