Thu May 10, 2018 9:43 am by Rosie21
Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:17 pm by Fielder
I'm a newbie. I live in the UK.
I'm trying to work out the best cushion to get for my vulvodynia. I suspect that I could have pudendal nerve involvement (the aching and burning pain is from vagina to clitoris) and I have rectocele and some tailbone pain too.
I have seen some good reports on older threads regarding the Putnams pressure relief cushions....with some ladies …
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:57 pm by Persevere1990
I posted on here back in March 2017 having just got a diagnosis of vulvodynia after a few months of relentless and acute pain. I was desperate, I was hurting, I was scared I would never know life without pain there again.
I tried creams, acupuncture, numbing gels, frozen pads, baths with various internet recommended concoctions- convinced myself I had lichen sclerosus, herpes, thrush- …
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:49 am by Jet227
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:33 pm by PANDORA123
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:35 pm by rl2091
I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with the MonaLisa Touch treatment for Vulvodynia? My pain started when I went on HRT(pill) for anxiety mainly and my pain abruntly stopped when I stopped HRT. However, when I started on the HRT patch (at my dr's suggestion), the pain returned and has never left. That was 7 years ago. I found MonaLisa Touch on the internet purely by accident …
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:55 pm by flissyg
I’m so glad I’ve found a place where there are others who understand how I feel!
So this is my story:-
I’m 36, and 4 months ago, whilst innocently sitting in bed reading I experienced a very sharp stabbing pain in my clitoris. It last only a few minutes and then subsided as quickly as it came on. It put it down to “one of those things”. The following morning I woke up …
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:26 pm by Cin124
About three months ago, I started having vaginal and vulval itching. Then, about two months ago, my vulva started to feel painful and look swollen, so I went to the doctor. I was tested for herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea which all came back negative. I also had to do a vaginal swab test and the only thing that came back positive was yeast infection. I was prescribed hydrozole …
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:09 pm by Jma990o
So ok I'm 24 I've been having this problem for over two years seen quite a few doctors and obgyns alike and nobody will take me seriously I have had a few utis and yeast infections and even bv once and this all started after one of the utis …
I also noticed that lots of you mentioned having Smear Tests/Pap Tests to see what the cause of pain was. Does this mean you do not also suffer from vaginismus/clamping up? I attempted a smear but it was so painful I was in tears and it was completely impossible because I was involuntarily clamping up. Has anyone else experienced this? My doctor has told me a smear test will have to be done and is recommending a general anaesthetic which I am incredibly thankful for, though I understand it's pretty unusual.
I think I am still coming to terms with how unusual my condition is, as even here I haven't read anyone elses' story and thought "That sounds exactly like me" which is a bit disappointing. Still, I guess I'm very lucky I have a doctor who diagnosed me immediately as I can only imagine the distress that not knowing would cause.
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A smear test is just that and I don't think they are used for any other purpose. Most of the women on here are unable to have them without extreme pain, if at all. I have generalised unprovoked V. which is pain all day every day without provocation so smear tests aren't an issue. I'm fairly much in the minority. Are you maybe referring to the the cotton tip test? This a mapping of painful areas using a cue tip/cotton bud.
It's would also be unusual to find someone with exactly the same condition. Or at least that's what we've found on here. There are some similarities. We share information to find out what works and I guess because we are all so different it's a bit trial and error.
Good luck with your journey. I know we are a looking for answers.
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A cotton swab didn't work either, I think because I just don't trust anyone to touch me there and a cotton swab would probably be one of the worst things anyone could use quite honestly!
I'm glad that my doctor is recommending a smear under general anaesthetic - I do think it's the only way it'll get done. I am so lucky to be an NHS patient. The reason I was having a smear in the first place was to establish why I was bleeding at strange times of the month and why my periods were so irregular; I still need to know why that is. It's a bit scary not knowing what's wrong with you and not being able to talk to anyone about it. I'm so glad I found this site.
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Hi there and welcolme to the forum
I have had pain with examinations, intercourse and tampons as well as vaginismus all my life, well since I tried tampons at 13 and ended up in tears
I always found it difficult to get smears done and even had to take a valium beforehand. I ended up getting more constant pain about 2 1/2 years ago now and put off my smear. Eventually the Gynea asked me to try when I had my appointment as the pain was low that day.
What he let me do was to insert (with his guidance) the instrument myself (I dont know what its called lol) and also press the lever when it opens a bit inside you. I found this easier as I had more control. Yes it hurt but I breathed and knew that it was only temporary.
If you need to get it done under general anaesthetic then do this as if I had not been able to do it the last time I would have asked to be put under anaesthetic
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