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Vulvodynia

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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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Hi I'm Kayleigh , I'm 14 and since I was 8 I have had an itchy vagina , I have been to the doctors and they have tested me nothing came back but I'm very self consious of my vagina because my Labia flaps are very big and they arnt tucked so they hang and you can notice them with knickers on they rub together and I am always having thrush and water infections when I do it is very sore I have tried and been petcriped tablets and cream it don't work , I have to wear a pad everyday because I have discharge but I have it constantly, please help





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I have had pain in my vagina now for 9 years and it starts just after my period it is a sharp pain with itching and causes me to be unable to walk.





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Hi Laura....I'm living and trying to just be happy (cos the Gyno said all in my head) trying to forget down there. Citalopram 20mg has helped and obviously lifted me. Tried my rabbit.....was awfully sore for two days....so, what's the point of even trying to have a relationship. I was told by one doc I had LS/lucaplacia...so for two years I googled and searched and got even more paranoid. I do not google now. Still not right though. I am menopausal, 53, this been going on bout 4 years now.......oh shuks........happy Christmas! X





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Hey. Im 14 and i have no idea what is going on. I have this pain down there and its got sort of a stinging painful tickle sort of feel to it. I just felt it the other day and it hasn't stopped, when its an okay pain i can deal with it still hurts but when it really hurts i tense my legs and just hope for it to go away. I honestly have no idea what it is or could be. I have not had any kind of sexual intercourse and don't use any sort of creams down there. I would really appreciate some help as i cant bear this pain. I cant even lay down in bed and try to fall asleep as i curl up in a ball clenching all my mussels trying to make it stop. I would really appreciate it if anyone knew what is going on and how to stop this. Thanks.





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Hi, I'm not sure what my condition is, basically I have been on antibiotics for about 9yrs for recurring urine infections but all tests come back clear?? I don't feel it is infections as the burning is there constantly and the only relief I get is when I pass urine so I sit on the toilet most of the day drinking water to relieve it I have had a urine infection before and this does not feel the same my antibiotics did reduce the amount of attacks but they are becoming more frequent again can anyone help iv been to urologist and ganocologist they are stumped





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Hi I've exactly the same symptoms as you. It's been on and off for the past 7years and still have no answers! It's very very painful at times nearly unbearable. Have you found anything that eases it?

Hi. I've had this problem for a number of years and it had gradually got worse. Sex is very painful and my periods are extremely painful. So much that at times I can't walk. I've got Amitriptyline but I'm rubbish at remembering to take it. Anyone had success with taking Amitriptyline? How long did it take? Any other tips?





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I am creative and run on anxious personality. Iam stressed in my job and take everything to heart. I am a perfectionist. An artist. I try to relax though... I have sore, itch opening to the vagina. 3 years now. Better than it was... Is it too much wheat? Gluten? Sugar?..Doing all the right things to help....cotton, no bath etc etc...Gyno says it is all in my head....what do I do. Started yoga, got a bike, trying to just relax and enjoy life...but flare up stressing me. No relationship as I am scared to even think about intercourse! One doc said it was LS and LP....Gyno said it was not. Sooh upset, very tearful about it.........;/





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I have this EXACT same problem Anne, it s tuning my life :'( very distressing!!! Did you ever find a solution?

Hello, I have been suffering from Vulvodynia for nearly two years. Could you please share the type of medication you were taking and the tests performed?





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Hi ladies. I know how it feels like when something is not right down there and you have to carry the feeling in every single activity you do per day. Horrible. However, i was diagnosed in England with NHS doctor and specialist with the condition called volvodynia, which causes pain due to the sensitive of nerve. I took the medicine for nearly 7 months. And nothing really worked in right way. An i was suffering due to in waiting list of doctor and specialist. It really took nearly 4 months to see a specialist, who just looked at your vagina with naked eyes. Nothing more. So disappointed. And you know what, i came back to my country Vietnam. i went to women gynaecologist. The doctor said i had infection due to the scanning, swab test from my vagina discharge. The result was come back after 45 minutes since the doctor collected the sample from me. Then, I took the medicine, which she gave me for 2 weeks. I also took probiotic and some supplement to increase my immune system to fight with the bacteria infection. After 2 weeks, my symptoms is reduced 98%. I came back for checked up as the bacteria was not 100% clear, thus she gave me medicine for 10 more days to finish the problem completely. And then, now, i am 100% clear. Nothing is hurt, pain, itchy. So, please ask the doctor to check up in a professional way as you don't have infection. Not just with feeling or blind antibiotic or even just with naked eyes. And diagnose you with the vulvodynia as the treatment is 100% different direction. And if you have any question about the specific test i had done in hospital or the supplement i took. Please contact me. I ll inform you anything i did and know. As i know how it feel like when you have boyfriend/husband and more important infection can lead to other diseases and effect pregnancy in the future.





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Hello, I am very interested in the tests performed and medication that you took. If you could share the information with me, I would greatly appreciate it.

What cream did you get persciped please

Hi, I have been experiencing vaginal pain like being stung by a wasp. And it comes and goes in waves. But it always feels uncomfortable down there, I seem to have slits on the inside of my lips and the vulva is painful. I have been dealing with this for a few years now and it's getting unbearable , I have been to the doctors, ove been told it's lichen scorosis, herpes, Ect I have like grey lines which the doctor has said is scar tissue?from reacurent episodes . Like every two wks 😩I just want to know the cause of this I now have been put on anti viral drugs but I have blisters as well as pain and stinging snd they have not helped at all. I'm in agony !!! just want to feel normal and Beable to have a active sex life which I can't . Please if anyone can help me .





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