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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


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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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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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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Will there be an end?

Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:06 am by Krista2828

I go in and out of being okay and not being okay with this condition. I question often why me? I am a problem solver by nature and I feel so defeated that after tons of research and trial and error and doctors and tears that there still is no answer.

I am in my 20's.. it shouldn't be this way.

Id love to know what all has worked! I am willing to try anything to get my life back. I am curious …

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you can be healed so easy and quite fast.

Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:46 pm by pussycat

Hello everyone,
i am new to this forum. I wanted to share my personal "journey" with V with you and to give you a real hope you can be totally healed/recovered from V. Many years ago i was struck with V, it was painful and got worst and worst, eventually i could not sit, could not stand, could not walk, could not swim in a swimming pool anymore. I was becoming bedridden, it frightened …

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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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A couple of touchy Questions

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A couple of touchy Questions

Post  yuffie623 on Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:13 pm

I posted something in the new member section and the rant section, so my history is kind of scattered across the forum.

I'm Yuffie623, I'm 27 and I've had vulvodynia - the localised pain - vestibulodynia? - for six years. Before that I was sexually active with no physical problems. I have, however, dealt with bipolar disorder all my life, which I only realized recently. It seems unrelated and I know it's really awkward that I'm telling you all about that, but I feel like the combo is so repellant to men. That's been my experience, anyway.

Medical Question:

For anyone who is going to physical therapy, does your therapist forbid orgasms at all? Is it making things worse? And if you have localized pain - vestibulodynia - and an active libido, how can you stand abstaining?

I have not had the opportunity to see a physical therapist yet, because I was also in denial for a long time that the vulvodynia wouldn't go away on its own, especially since I went into "remission" from 2008 to 2009.

When I orgasm, obviously, the contractions tighten up the pelvic floor. If I head down there with my fingers, or my lovers do, it's tight as a drum after I come (hey, that rhymes!). This isn't good for recovery, obviously. I keep reading that the exercises prescribed are basically just the opposite of Kegels - relaxing the pelvic floor rather than tightening your "grip" on it. I also don't understand how to tell when the pelvic floor is "loose" or "relaxed," because I've not been instructed.

Anyway, for my emotional health (and my anxiety), I've found, while kind of a crutch, clitoral orgasms help. Maybe I'm weird or abnormal. I still get that thought sometimes, because I was raised by strict Catholics who waver between the idea that sex is beautiful and sex is sinful. I was told for many years that it was a sin and forbidden. I masturbated anyway and had lots of sex throughout my twenties.

And then I see women suffering from this disorder just plain turned off from sex. That's what happened to me and intercourse, but because I enjoy kissing, outercourse and oral sex, cybersex, and the like, really my libido has not changed. Only my aversion to vaginal intercourse. It scares me, now, to have it, because I know it will be painful and awful. But everything else, I crave, but of course, men crave that which I don't...

Social Question:

What about being single with this disorder? I think it sucks.

I see a lot of women writing about this are in long-term relationships with partners or husbands who are understanding and help them best they can. Couples struggling to deal with this, what they want and what she needs, etc etc.

Well I am single, and it's always been bad enough being bipolar and dating, nevermind vulvar pain. It's awful. Just awful. It's been a mess. I feel like I'll never find somebody. I have enough trouble letting go of the past without thinking back on the times I had pain-free sex and feeling sad, missing it.

I don't know what to tell guys. I was at this big party (don't worry, it wasn't a "hook up" kind of party), and everyone got really, really drunk (I'm a graduate student but people still act like they're 20; some are only 22, not that I'm knocking the maturity of 22-year-olds). I didn't but I got into a conversation with my classmate that I'm working on a project on about life and shitty landlords etc etc, and I told him about my bipolar disorder and it got incredibly awkward. I turned red as an apple.

Then our classmate (who is also going to work on a project with me) locks eyes with me and notices. Now people DO know I'm allergic to practically everything, so he got concerned and walked over. The three of us made small talk and somehow...the guy asks me if I've been hit on? I guess we were talking about our other classmate who was trying to pull a girl, as you in England would say. Yes! That's exactly it. We were laughing about him smoothtalking her, and then suddenly the spotlight is on me and this guy is asking me about my sex life.

Boom. Well, I make a self-deprecating joke, but he rolls with it. He starts trying to analyze me. I'm very geeky, and I don't wear much makeup. Mascara and concealer are basically as fancy as I usually get. Last time I wore makeup, this same guy probably didn't notice because we were at another kegger with bad lighting. Anyway, I don't know why I said all that. Basically he says I'm "not conventionally attractive," which is code for ugly. He's short and weaselly looking, so I'm not sure why my being slightly overweight with a big nose is something so shocking, but whatever. But he says something like, "Embrace your sexuality!" and my lab partner comes to my defense saying, "You're being really misogynistic right now, do you know that?" The guy gets kind of offended like, "No, no I'm not." Suddenly these two men I barely know, despite being in classes together, are debating my...honor? Or something? The guy who brought it up has no idea about my sexual history. He says that thing people say, you know, "Oh someday you'll find someone. There's all kinds of fish in the sea." Come on. I've had plenty of fish. Before now. Before these illnesses came on.

It really bothers me, because if I were in a situation where I did want to casually hook up with someone (I'm way too old and not emotionally equipped for that anymore), IF, what would happen? What would happen is like this summer, when I was dating someone I had to tell about my vulvodynia literally when he was already on top of me and about to get to it. I'd told him about bipolar over a dinner table, but not about my vulva until we were in the throes. I just don't know how to tell guys, if I should tell guys a certain way, or if I should even bother being sexually active at all.

And why is my classmate bringing up my sexuality? "Embrace it," he said, and I turned to my lab partner and go, "He wants me to wear short skirts, doesn't he?" It's just...so uncomfortable, with these things...Sorry, this should go in the rant section shouldn't it? Blah.



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Re: A couple of touchy Questions

Post  BpCookie on Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:36 pm

Hello Yuffie, Lets first deal with the Bipolar part of this. Im Bipolar also and I told my b/f, now husband, about me being Bipolar when things seemed to be getting more serious. Then when it REALLY started to get serious I wanted him to know everything about my mood swings. I wanted him to know exactly what he was getting himself into. Now when it comes to friends, I tell them when I think the time is right and some ppl I dont tell at all. It all depends on the person. If a person doesnt think they can handle the Bipolar side of you and is scared off by that, then they wont be able to handle the Vulvodynia side either and those kinds of ppl you dont need in your life anyways. You need to find ppl who want you as you ARE, not as they want you to be.

Are your meds keeping you stable? Do you still have your ups and downs? Are you seeing a pdoc?

About the Vulvodynia part of this. If your going to have a sexual encounter with someone, then its up to you to decide when to tell them. Just explain that Vulvodynia is not an STD, its not something they can catch from you but it CAN cause you pain, that you need to be in control and that you may have to stop if it gets painful, but also explain that there are other things that the both of you can do instead.

I hope that helps.

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Post  Sarah001 on Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:01 pm

I agree with the above and I also think you are worrying alot about other people's opinions of you when really you shouldn't. We've all had awkward encounters like that and you need to brush them off, if they don't like you as you are tough shit. As for embrace your sexuality guy, sounds like a right plonker to me and I probably would have just told him so.

The orgasm part depends on who you ask, some say it tightens the muscles up and shouldn't be done while others think it brings fresh blood to the area so there's two very different camps out there. I suspect once you see a physio (PT) and learn to relax the muscles orgasms won't be a problem because after one you'll then know how to relax the muscles again. Personally all the meds have totally stolen my ability to orgasm so it's not an issue for me!

As for being single with V and other stuff, I'm single at 38 with V, Hypermobility Syndrome which means I literally dislocate all over my body and Fibromyalgia (I'm such a catch!) and to be totally honest I can't imagine anyone wanting to take all that on, my ex certainly didn't and legged it once I'd had V for a few months. I'm ok with being single though and just concentrate on me, if someone came along who could deal with all of it great but if not then that's fine too. I'm just rolling with it all and doing my best to improve my function for me, no-one else. I sound very severe don't I? I'm not honestly, just old enough to know better than to put other people first.

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Re: A couple of touchy Questions

Post  Lindilou on Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:46 am

I have pre-existing mental health issues [psychosis], now my voices are calling me a 'stupid cunt' not sure whether they mean me or that I possess one


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Re: A couple of touchy Questions

Post  Songstress on Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:06 am

When my vulvodynia was bad but not at its worst, I found that the only time penetration without extreme pain was possible was actually directly after my orgasm. And I do mean directly after, because if I wait a few minutes the natural lubrication dries out and everything is so much worse. Your muscles do tighten during orgasm, but they relax after.

My reasons for thinking directly after orgasm is the best time are three-fold:

1. I saw a physiotherapist for a short while and she told me that a lot of women subconsciously suck in their stomach and tighten their pelvic muscles all the time (because it firms up our asses and makes our tummies look flat). I know that I do actually do both these things. Her tip was to tense my muscles briefly once in a while because consciously tensing the muscles makes it easier to release the tension again. When we walk around with our muscles partially tensed all the time, we stop feeling the strain. Tensing your muscles completely makes it possible to feel the difference between completely relaxed and slightly tense muscles. The muscle is the most relaxed after complete tension because the body takes a second or a few minutes before it can go back to that slight tension. If this is a general rule, which I don't honestly know that it is, it would make sense that the pelvic muscles are the most relaxed directly after the extreme tension that is orgasm.

2. The second reason is just a matter of friction. I find that I am wettest directly after orgasm. More moisture = less friction = less pain

3. The psychological aspect is the third reason. We have decreased blood-flow to the brain during orgasm and it does take a short while before the blood goes back up there. That means I get a minute or two of glorious fear-free thinking, when my brain isn't chanting "Oh God, this is gonna hurt", causing my body to tense up more than it already does...

I do know that some women have such severe vulvodynia that reaching the point of orgasm isn't a possibility, but if anyone else tries this, I'd be curious to know whether it works for you too.


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