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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


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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Post  gbook on Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:18 am

My wife has suffered from this condition for our entire marriage, and for some time before we met. A total of more than 10 years. She's never known sex to be anything but painful and always something to be avoided. It took me a long long time to understand this, and I'm still coming to terms with it.

Any husbands or boyfriends out there? What's your story and how did you support your woman during the hard times?


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Post  lisa98 on Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:51 am

I don't know what i would do without my partner's love and support. The most valuable thing he can do for me when I'm having a hard time is to express his affection for and attraction to me- to remind me that I am still sexually attractive, wanted and capable of having a mutually enjoyable (if limited) physical relationship.


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Post  Sarah001 on Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:19 am

gbook if you go to www.vulvodynia.com and have a look in the guestbooks there's a guy on there called Frank who's wife has vulvodynia and I'm sure he'd be willing to talk to you.

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Post  Sebby (Admin) on Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:23 pm

Welcome gbook, its great to hear from the husbands/boyfriends.

If you guys have been together for 10 years now it already sounds like you are very understanding!

Im not currently in a relationship but I know what does help is like Lisa said is for him to still express his attraction and affection. Many cuddles pleaseeee lol

Even if I have found intercourse too painful It doesnt mean im not longing for sexual contact...to be able to do all sorts of other fun things and for my partner to enjoy this as well is fantastic..also I find that the more you do this the more relaxed you are to attempt intercourse.

Also (unlike my previous partner) its great to know your boyfriend/husband genuinally cares about the fact you are in pain. So empathy is greatly appreciated.

You say you are still coming to terms with it and this is soo understandable. So also get sum support for yourself...this forum is also for those who lives are affected indirectly by Vulval Pain..so if you need to get a few things off your chest by all means do so.

Good Luck and Take Care

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Re: Husbands?

Post  gbook on Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:46 pm

Thanks for the replies and advice. The toughest part of this is that my wife is no longer in pain. After the vestibulectomy surgery, she's 99% pain free. But... she still avoids any intimacy like the plague. She refuses to seek any kind of therapy or counseling. The only thing she wants from me is for me to not touch her at all. No making out, no non-penetrative sex, no fondling, nada.

It feels like the only outcome she's comfortable with is no intimacy, and that's tough for me. Either I can accept that, not accept it, or preferably find a way to meet half way. I really want to figure out how we can both be comfortable with our sex life together. I'm also more than happy to go to therapy, but it's not too helpful if I go by myself.

Any discussion for treatment/therapy on my side is met with resistance. So I strongly feel her and I need to do something, but I have no idea how to we're going to do it Sad


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Post  Sarah001 on Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:50 pm

That's tricky because obviously with some help she could probably resume sex without too many problems now she's painfree without but at the same time I can understand her fears, I'm sure she thinks sex will send her spiralling back into the hell she was in before. The only thing I can think of is to buy some dilators online and for her to try them very slowly on her own at home to see how penetration feels (lots of lube), the sets have some very small ones and build up in size. I would have thought however the hospital that performed the surgery would have advised this afterwards to get the tissue in optimum condition anyway? If they did'nt it will likely be a necessity to remain painfree anyway.

It might benefit you to go to a therapist on your own anyway as they may have some helpful suggestions about how to approach the situation with your wife, sometimes a slightly different approach can be more helpful and a good therapist will probably have come across similar situations with couples in the past.

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