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From a concerned husband

Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:45 pm by ConcernedYorkieHubby

Hello everyone,

This is probably a little unconventional, but I’m a man who is here because his wife has been diagnosed with vulvodynia. The poor girl has been suffering with vulva pain for around 10 years now, and I’ve been by her side through the pain and tears and doctors misunderstandings the whole way, and we’re both exhausted and terrified by the whole experience.

I’m sure a lot …

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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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Hi girls! New in this forum

Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:31 pm by Gaby

Hi everyone!

Also joining the V club, Here my story:

It all started last year in september with a very bad throat infection for which i had to take antibiotics for about a month. This cause several yeast infections (candidia albicans).... one after the other!. I had them every month from october 2017 till march 2018. During this period i use an incredible amount of anti-fungal creams and …

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Newbie and feeling helpless

Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:52 pm by Taylor1

Hi, I found out a few weeks ago that I have this condition, started off at the end of April as a uti took strong antibiotics then got a thrush infection and now this.. My doctor has tried me on amitriptyline and gabipentin and both made me so poorly I couldn't take it plus I have seen what long use of these drugs has done to my mom for pain and its not good. I am using coconut oil which does …

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I'm new to this forum and would love some advice! :)

Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:13 am by anikita

Hi lovely gals!

I'm honestly hoping to get any bit of advice anyone might have to offer. I go from bouts of sobbing hysterically in my boyfriend's arms to feeling confident that I can beat this.

I haven't been actually diagnosed with vulvodynia but EVERYTHING under the sun has come back negative. I started having sex 4 years ago after starting Lo Loestrin, with my first and current boyfriend …

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Gabapentin Gel. or other topical creams

Thu May 10, 2018 9:43 am by Rosie21

Hi I have been suffering for some years with this abominable pain. I have tried most of the systemic drugs , I asked specialists and Doctors if I could at least try a topical treatment but because this requires a special prescription have been refused Has anybody had a chance of trying these? Thank you I will try to put a link on to some of the research into Gabapentin Gel. Thanks.

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What has been helping ME (much less pain over time!!)

Wed May 16, 2018 3:43 am by leoscc

Hello everyone! I vanished for quite some time as my life became consumed by not only this but other daily responsibilities as well. Shortly after my diagnosis, my boyfriend f 3 years left me as he did not want to deal with this. It left me broken for a while but also gave me time to figure out what the heck was going on. So, I will write out a quick list of my symptoms and what helped me.

1. I …

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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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Condoms Less Painful?

Mon May 07, 2018 3:35 am by stillinpain

I'm just curious, has anyone found using condoms to be less abrasive to the skin than without? I just got off birth control and haven't stretched myself out enough post surgery to try sex yet, but when I do I am wondering how trying it with condoms with affect the sensation. I feel like for me the skin to skin sensation creates pain, not just at my entrance but internally, too, since I also have …

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Post  Tinabeauxbina on Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:10 am

Pain started in Dec 2011 and I've had it off and on since. Amazing. Who knew what surprizes were in store for so many unsuspecting women. It's my left labia that's affected. The painful area is about the size of a quarter, and there are two things that I do for it when the pain (cigarette burn/razor cut) hits; I am VERY careful with my personal hygiene (wiping/washing) and I use good ol' vaseline to cut down on any friction. I was horrified to read that the painful area can actually increase in size for some sufferers. Besides the pain I find it annoying to be so aware of my vulva all day and into the night for weeks at a time. It's like having a monkey on my head, constantly pulling my hair! Don't get me wrong, I like my vulva, I just don't want to have it on my mind like a bad dye job. Anyone wonder if vulvodynia might be somehow connected to sexual abuse or incest? Just wondering...Tinabeauxbina

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Post  mmorgan on Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:45 pm

There are some "theory's" as to a link with sexual abuse, that the pelvic floor tightens. Have you got your pelvic floor checked?
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Post  Tinabeauxbina on Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:41 am

Pelvic floor...loose or tight...my Doc says mine is loose. And thanks for answering! Smile

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Post  lolainslacks on Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:22 am

There is a theory that sexual abuse can rewire the brain, so that the nerve centre (the part that deals with pain) no longer works correctly. You associate the general vaginal area with pain and trauma, so the brain tells the nerves they are in pain when they shouldn't be. I personally believe this to be true. Obviously not for all women, because there are a million different causes, but for some I think this is accurate.

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Post  Tinabeauxbina on Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:02 pm

Well, this theory certainly explains why merely wiping myself with toilet paper feels identical to the sensation of my father grinding his whiskery saturday chin into my three year old vulva. It also explains why I can tolerate such extremely painful sensations with a kind of grin and bear it attitude, since I learned how to do so at a very early age. Incest is the gift that keeps on giving. Yes, there are a million different causes for vulvodynia, but for me the links to sexual abuse speak the loudest. Some of the women on this forum have written about having painful vulvas since childhood and that their daughters are experiencing vulva pain at a very young age; I hope for the best, but have to wonder about sexual abuses ugly head rising in their lives. I thank you very much for sharing this with me, Lolainslacks. I consider you to be a friend. sincerely, Tinabeauxbina

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Post  lolainslacks on Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:50 pm

Aw, you're so welcome! I think it's the cause of mine, which sucks, because it's like, when you've suffered abuse you already have a ton to deal with emotionally, but on top of that sex continues to be traumatic because of the pain. I've read dozens of theories but none of the suggestions that work for others (such as cutting out certain foods, stopping use of chemicals, or going to physiotherapy, etc) have helped me at all. And my pain is only on contact, mostly internally. Like you said, this theory is the one that jumps out at me. I've read quite a lot about it and it seems really applicable.

I'm sorry to hear that you also had to endure something so awful.

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Post  Tinabeauxbina on Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:03 pm

I'm sorry you experienced sexual abuse, too. I read about the different treatments and surgeries for vulvodynia, and the thought of surgery makes my hair stand straight up. It's beyond my strength to allow anyone near my vulva with their hands and knives and eyes...I'm a total control freak about my body; even taking care of it with a normal pelvic and pap is a mental and emotional wrestling match. My Doc is a female and understands how I feel, but she doesn't cut me any slack and insists that I can and will have yearly exams, and so I do. But, man, it's tough! It's like I have to put medical care into a compartment all on its own to be able to handle it at all. That's why vaseline and toughing out the pain are my treatments of choice since I can do it on my own and feel some control. Pain is an old familiar friend, after all. You have opened my eyes to the fact that internal vaginal pain is not a normal experience. I have always had painful sex; it's the vulva pain that's new.

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Post  lolainslacks on Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:14 am

I totally understand that, medical examinations are a nightmare for me too. I am not sexually active, and have never been because the pain has always been so bad that sex has never been possible, so I have never had a pap smear, but any other check-up is horrible. Physio was so hard for me because I too am terrible at letting anyone near that part of me.

I have only very recently started talking about my abuse. Before a month or so ago I had never ever told anyone, even online, because I just didn't want to think about it, so it's still difficult for me to talk about in person. Which means that I haven't been able to tell any of my doctors. They know about my pain so they are careful with me, but I suppose they would be more understanding of my reluctance to be touched if I told them everything. Maybe one day.

Have you tried using a lidocaine gel/ointment? I use it and it is an absolute miracle product for me because it removes ALL of my pain. When I apply it before using dilators, I can use all of the dilators, even the biggest ones, which means that in the future, pain-free sex might be possible. It's great because you apply it yourself like the vaseline, meaning you can go at your own pace and no-one else has to be involved.

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Post  Tinabeauxbina on Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:19 am

Lidocaine gel/ointment...it does sound like it could be a workable solution. I never thought of it as usable on mucus membranes however, because of the possible absorbtion of too much lidocaine: is it safe? It has a big warning about absorbtion; how much and how often can it be used? How long does the pain easing effect last? Is it a new product? Did your Doc give you a prescription for it? Does it cost much? Do you have a male or female Doc?

If I may ask, are you in therapy for the abuse? Therapy helped me a lot, especially with communication. For me, the hard part about therapy wasn't remembering and talking about the actual abuse itself. For me, the hard part was clearly looking with open eyes at just what damage had been done to my life, how pervasive sexual abuse is and how far reaching into my mind, body and spirit the damage is. Amazing. I've been sexually active since I was three. Kinda early, if you ask me, but nobody bothered to ask, least of all my father. I'm not sexually active now, either, and discomfort certainly has a part in it.

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Post  lolainslacks on Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:59 pm

I don't mind sharing here. It's fine for me, because we're not face to face, and we are all here for intimate pain so I trust you guys. I'm comfortable talking about anything with you all.

I'm not currently in therapy. My local rape crisis centre offers free counselling for anyone who has been abused, and I went to one session a few weeks ago. It was arranged that I would go back weekly for as long as I need, but I haven't been back since. It was really great, the therapist was lovely and it was all fine. But I just felt overwhelmed. I have never spoken about it out loud in detail before, and I think in the first session I was in such a rush to just get it all out that I said too much too fast, and afterwards felt really weird and uncomfortable. I plan to go back in a while, when I'm ready. But right now I don't feel like I can talk about it face to face with anyone.

Dilators, yes, I use them sometimes. They look like this -- http://www.soulsourceenterprises.com/images/ordering/orderpic_sm.jpg

You just lubricate them, then insert the smallest one, and sit with it there inside you for a while breathing deeply and trying to relax. Then once you're comfortable with it and it doesn't hurt, you move on to the next one, gradually getting bigger over a long period of time. They are used to allow the body to get used to penetration, and primarily they help women who have problems with muscle tension as a result of expecting pain. They start out as small as your pinky-finger, and get to about as large as the average male. I have been using them for about a year. I was told to use them back when my doctor thought my problem was 'all in my head'. I don't have problems with muscle tension anymore, and I use them only very occaisionally now, just to keep my body used to the feeling so that when I do start having sex, it's not too much of a struggle.

The lidocaine is amazing, but I use a very specific type that I think might only be available in the UK. It's called 'Instillagel'. I get it prescribed. I have to use this as opposed to the actual lidocaine ointment, because that stuff is no longer available where I live. Instillagel is a similar type of thing, just a numbing gel that is mostly used by doctors before catheterisation. My gyn gave it to me originally, and many women in the UK with vulvodnia are being given it to use, so I'm sure it's safe. You should ask your doctor about it, or about any other kind of lidocaine ointment. She will be able to answer all of your questions. I have been using HUGE amounts of the gel for months and months now, with no problems. Unfortunately, some women so react badly to it, but it all depends on the individual.

I apply it, then wait five minutes, and then my pain is gone. I am pain free for around two/three hours. I really recommend giving it a try.

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