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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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A couple days ago I noticed what looked like a tear along my labia , it hurt after sex so that when I took a look and found it, in the last couple of days I have now red bumps around my vagina,it doesn't have any puss coming out of it, or looking like pimples, they are just red lumps, almost looking like misqueto bites, the tear has not healed either. It burns if I pee , and it's hard for me to walk around or do any thing, I am going to the doctor in two days but I can't wait, it hurts so bad , please help





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I have had iching and burning for a few days now and I have tried cleaning it with water but it only burns more im scared to tell my mum because I have recently had sex(not at my choice) and im wondering if anybody could help me





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Hi Brooke If someone has forced you to have sex against your will this is wrong and you need to speak with someone if you were hurt in any way, you deserve better. It sounds like you picked up thrush you can buy canastan cream in the pharmacy and this will help but it also could be more serious and for this you will need to go to a doctor either locally or in the local hospital they will check you out and help you...

I started with thrush around two years ago, but went undiagnosed for a few months as I was too ashamed to go to the doctor for a proper examination (always go to the doctor as soon as you can and never be shy -I have learnt) after treating thrush on a fee occasions but never managing to get rid of itching and burning etc I paid for a private consultation in November 2014 queen I was diagnosed with vulvodynia. I used a clear cream for a while which at first helped but then went back to being as bad as ever after around a month. I am now on my second day of taking amitriptyline so I will have to see how that goes. I'm 22 and unfortunately due to all these bloody problems haven't been able to have much of a sex life due to pain and also embarrassment. I hope I will eventually find something which relieves some of the pain but I'm realising unluckily it's going to be a long process.





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Hi Lotta I have suffered all my life with pain and stinging and yes it does affect your sex life. no fun at all. Doctor's don't have the answers nor are pharmacy bought pills and potions, if you want to try a new way to get healthy you must look at your diet. Sugar, Bread, all processed unnatural foods all affect greatly the amount of unhealthy bacteria that thrives in our gut.And cause the problems we have. if your serious do some research on eating raw foods cutting out sugar and bread, and many other processed foods that affect our bodies in every way. Its not easy giving up what we love but in 10 years from now you will be grateful you did.

My Vagina is wierd it looks like it has 2 flappy things by the lips and im embarassed to wear tights and bathing suits, because you can see the out line of it . can anyone tell me what should i do? or do.u guys know what it is? plzz comment





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I have a bump that's infected and stings like hell if urine gets on it It really hurts,I have difficulty walking sitting moving in General,there is white stuff around It.on my vagina.please help !!!





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Hi all have suffered from vulvodynia for more than 5 years now and since my teenage years i used to think that maybe the pain will go away. I stopped having sex completely after i suffered terrible pains the minute the penis is inside me i feel burning pain like razor cuts. I have been seeing my gyna for 3 yrs plus and i have been on treatments like: Lidocaine Seeing a Psychologist Prescribed those anti-depressant All of the above did not work for me even though I am still using them living in hope.





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Hi all have suffered from vulvodynia for more than 5 years now and since my teenage years i used to think that maybe the pain will go away. I stopped having sex completely after i suffered terrible pains the minute the penis is inside me i feel burning pain like razor cuts. I have been seeing my gyna for 3 yrs plus and i have been on treatments like: Lidocaine seeing a Psychologist prescribed those anti-depressant all of the above did not work for me even thoug i am still using them living in hope. is there a vulvodynia surgery on NHS i know they do in america and you pay around $5000 Please anyone who knows about this surgery help i have come across a website where some women in America were talking about how they had the surgery and now the pain has gone away , i am prepared to have the surgery my life is not the same. thanks





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Hiya I am just wanting to no what this is my vagina stubs and is birning and has spots on it it's very irritating how can I make it get better I have been issuing caneston bit still not working it's so painful😔





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So glad there is a Dr's site like this. Only wish Doctors & Specialist's in general would embrace the public availing themselves of your advice. They go on the defensive if one mentions your site and I have even been called dirty for examining myself. So thank you I appreciate your help.





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I have sympathy will all of you. My problem started 2 years ago with a sore burning pain in the right hand side of the opening of my vagina. I was not in any sexual relationship at the time (thankfully). It hurts even when just washing with water, never mind peeing! Trousers are a no and even sitting is uncomfortable at times. I was diagnosed with localised vulvodynia 5 months later. Since then I have used lidocaine and had steriod injections with no success. I am currently waiting to see my gynaecologist again. I think the next stop will be anti-depressants, although from what I have read,I have seen no evidence that they are successful but I will try anything. I have faith in my gynaecologist as he is totally honest and tells me there is no quick fix. It is trial and error. Don't give up!! I wish you all luck and hope you don't have to suffer for as long as I have.





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Hi, I read a post on another site where they mentioned using 2 1000 mg capsules of primrose oil on the area.

Hi Ann You must look to your diet for your vulvodynia cure, conventional pills and potions just don't work because it comes form inside the body,sugar, bread, all processed foods cause havoc with our gut and this is were all the good bacteria live but when we don't eat enough raw living foods and eat probiotics also the bad bacteria takes over and we have these problems, if your serious about getting healthy then research recipes for cleaning up your gut. It is hard to give up the things we love but if you want to be healthy well 10 years from now you will really benefit instead of a life of pain. Good Luck





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