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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


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


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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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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Surgery for Vulvodynia

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Surgery for Vulvodynia

Post  Melonhead627 on Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:53 pm

I'm 21 and for the past year I have suffered from SEVERE pain during sex. My gynocologist had me try estrogen creams and anesthetics to try to fix the area. I finally saw a specialist and he was the one who diagnosed me with vulvodynia in July and put me on an anti-depressant. While the medicine postponed the length of time before I experienced pain during sex, it was still just as bad when it did come. The medicine also increased my heart rate to a dangerous rate. I had to be taken off of it and my symptoms have come back just as strong. My doctor said the best approach is to get surgery. He says that the part of my non-intact hymen is sensitive and it needs to be surgically removed. I feel so alone and I just want to enjoy sex again. Any advice? Has anyone had the surgery and has it helped? I haven't had a surgery like this before.


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Re: Surgery for Vulvodynia

Post  itchyandscratchy on Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:33 pm

Hi Melonhead, I'm sorry to hear your condition is so severe. I have no idea about surgery, most people on here seem to be focusing on physiotherapy, there's a section for it here. As far as info on surgery there's a topic on it here and Sebby has made two very informative posts on the topic also (1, 2). Vulval pain conditions seem to vary a lot from person to person, so I couldn't possibly say whether surgery is right for you, but maybe it would be a good idea to consult with another doctor before going down that route? As far as I can tell most doctors don't really know what causes vulvodynia and other vulval pain conditions, and for this reason I'd be hesitant to undergo surgery for it myself, because obviously surgery's irreversible and if it makes things worse or doesn't help at all that would be awful.

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Post  florence1009 on Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:06 am

Surgery -Vestibulectomoy- is a good option treamtent if you suffer for primary vestibulodynia. So first question is wether you already had intercourse-penetration without pain? If yes and the pain just came after a long period of "normal" sexual life" then I would try other treatment option. I am a bit puzzled by the "non-intact hymen"... Are you sure your MD is a good specialist of Vulvodynia?
Did you check the pill hypothesis; more and more young lady are suffering Vestibulodynia because of new OCs generation (type Jazz). In these cases stopping OC's and applying topical estrogens and androgens cream is a efficacious solution.
1) do you suffer pain only on pressure/penetration at the entrance of the vagina (the so called vestibule) and even more very precisely on very specific area 9 and 11 hours arround the Vagina? If yes this is probably a Provocked Vestibulodynia
2) Is it a Primary or secondary Vestibulodynia? If it is primary look for a wel trained OBGYN who will do a vestibulectomy (surgery). Please look for a trained one...
3) If not, you have a secondary PVD... Think about the OC's issues (stop OCs) and try Neogyn topically first as is it a efficacious non drug approach.
4) Go to a good Physiotherapist who can help you to relex your pelvic muscles are they may be super contracted do to the Vulvodynia and even sometime this is causing the vulvodynia... Are you doing a lot of exercize?


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