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Conditions

Vulvodynia

Vaginas

This unpleasant condition causes chronic pain and discomfort in the vulval area, with the most common symptoms including stinging, burning, irritation and rawness. The condition can vary in severity; for some they experience only mild discomfort, but for others it can severely inhibit their normal lives and prevent enjoyment of sexual activities. There are treatments available, including anti-depressant and anti-convulsant drugs, but there are also creams and gels that can be applied to help with the pain. With up to 15% of women suffering with this condition, you can be sure that you’re not alone, and your GP will be able to help.

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I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend of two years, I took my last bc pill that day and haven't taken one since. After having sex with him, my vagina started to itch and sting. Help..





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I am 19 years old and I about a week ago this burning feeling appears when the inside of my vagina is touched. There is a little bit of swelling but it only hurts when the inside is touched. It hurts when I have sexual activities and I'm starting to get worried.





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I'm 13 years old, and I suffer from burning/stinging sensations on the outside of my vagina, I've had this for a few days. I've been searching the Internet and I'm finding very worrying information of how this can last for years. I don't want to tell my parents as I'm too embarrasst so is there any way that I can treat it myself, and how long does it last? Xxx





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Mine is the exact same and I'm 13 years old.

Im 13. I havent had sex but when i touch it, it starts to burn. Its not when I use the bathroon though its just when I try to do stuff.

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I am a 53 year old woman and had a hysterectomy at the age of 28 and my ovaries removed by the time I was 35, I have now had burning in and around my vagina for the past year or more. I have been using vagisil wash for my showers, and the wipes when it's really bad, I have not had a lot of relief from using this any ideas will be very helpful.





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Have stinging around my vagina and rectum. Been going on for 3 and 1/2 months. Keeps me up at night. Sometimes I have to get up in the night and take a shower to help stop the stinging. Been treated for pinworms and it's not that. I think it might be some kind of parasite. I have gotten reddish/blueish spots on my tummy and bottom. Do you have any suggestions of what it may be?





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I have small lumps on my vulva, they are not painful. To me they look like blocked pores. Could this be it? Sometimes one may get red and sore if it rubs on my knickers or trousers and I can squeeze out this horrible smelling sort of dryish stuff. Like if you had a spot elsewhere that you squeezed





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I have suffered with extreme burning inside my vagina for many years now and despite it sometimes being excruciating, doctors will not bother to try to diagnose it. One once said it was all in my head and it was called "pyschosexual" I was really annoyed as it clearly is not in my head! Anyway, I have narrowed it down to not drinking enough water, I can always tell if I am dehydrated as I always become extremely uncomfortable and sore down below, even if I haven't urinated. A pint of water later and the symptoms subside





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Hey i have the exact some thing your explaining. It always stings unless i drink loads of water but as soon as i wee the stinging comes back therfore i drink more water and so on. Been to the doctors loads and i never get an answer i just want to know what it is 😢

Female, 58 years of age - a burning sensation with episodes of mild pain that comes and goes. It does not affect my daily routines. Had my yearly pap exam, my doctor found nothing. Once diagnosis with herpes in my thirties. It is frustrating and baffles me not knowing what causes this condition.





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hi im 36 and I keep getting lumps in my labia and my inner lips they hurt real bad that sex is a problem with my husband and the fact ive got no sex drive at all could this all be related and is it serious cause im starting to worry now





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I've had a burning in my vagina for over 17 months now. It started one week after I hurt my back at work. The burning is unbearable. It's sometimes on the front wall of my vagina, and sometimes it's near the entrance. I was given Amitriptyline and Tramadol and it dulled the pain. It comes back with vengeance 14 days before my period. I feel like I've been cut with a million razor blades but there's no redness, no swelling. After receiving facet joint injections and a caudal epidural in my spine for my back injury it completely went. It was absolute bliss. I realised just how miserable the burning had made me feel. Unfortunately after a couple of months the back pain and vaginal burning came back. Been to see a gynaecologist who said that it was probably Pudendal nerve entrapment. I find that Instillagel which comes inside a syringe helps and is available from your GP but iits runny and messy. Or 5% Lidocaine ointment, which is also on prescription numbs the burning for about an hour. It's waxy consistently means it's less messy but is fairly difficult to spread around inside the vagina. I'm now waiting for more injections to numb this pain. It's a nightmare living with this everyday with no let up.





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I have had the same problem since i started having sex. I thought it was because my partner was very big, i spoke to others and also saw a few women on this show. Now i know its actually a problem and i have seeked help from my GP. It has taken 4years to get a specialist to see me and I have now been prescribed with Amitriptyline and Instillagel. Pain is still there, but its reduced a tiny bit. It has been so difficult im glad im finally on the road to fixing this problem.

My gynaecologist didn't pursue the pudendal nerve option he just put me straight onto Amitryptyline. I'm thinking of pursuing this again. I have had vukvadynia for 26 years (with the exception of a period of a couple of pain free years, which strangely enough was during both of my pregnancies - maybe the way I carried alleviated any trapped nerve). It's miserable because you can't make plans. Hope you get answers and the injections to help with the pain.





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