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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 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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I'm 19 and for the past few months I have had lots of irritation on my vaginal lips. They look rather red as well. It's been keeping me up at night a lot of the time, as it seems to get worse then. I've tried to make an appointment at my docs but they are taking ages





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I was disgnoised with vulvodynia yesterday after 4 visits to my obgyn, pain Dr. and gastro Dr. I had a pneudondol nerve block, cortisone injection in right hip....nothing helped and Ive had this pain and pressure for 4 months now. The specialist I went to yesterday specializes in pelvic floor problems. I am relieved to know what this pain is but also dissapointed that there's not much you can do for relief. I got a prescription for 5% litocaine compounded in natural base. It helps for about 20 minutes or until I pee again. Will be checking in to pelvic food physical therapy. Has anyone tried the physical therapy? If so has it helped?





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Sorry for the typos. Meant pelvic floor physical therapy

Yes, I too have vulvodynia. I've had it since October 2008. I went through pelvic floor physical therapy for a number of visits, it did not help me much at all. The meter always showed my pelvic floor muscles were very high 17-20 when they should have been around 1-3. I also had a pudendal nerve block and a type of botox. After that treatment my numbers were lower to closer to 3 for a time. Then my doctor sometimes you may have to get a second pudendal nerve block as one may not be enough. I proceeded to have a second nerve block but without the botox treatment the second time. Trouble is my insurance didn't cover the botox, so I had to pay for the out of pocket which was about $2,100.00. Find a good gynecologist that knows how to treat this condition. Lidocaine made me much worse. If it burns, it is best to tell your ob/gyn and stop treatment if it feels worse. I'm on a treatment of low dose estradiol cream both external and vaginally once a day, as well as Vivelle Dot estradil patch now, and several other medications. The cream estradiol is specially made for my situation. As well as the burning and stinging pain, I had a lot of pain sitting, and I had a lot of inflamation in my private area. I'm 55 and low estrogen in my body seems to cause more atrophy as well which makes things painful too. Not sure where you live, but if you live anywhere near Florida, contact Dr. Georgine Lamvu. She specializes in treating vulvodynia and it is something she has told me has to be treated on an ongoing basis unfortunately. If you do not live near that area, perhaps you could contact her for a referral to another doctor in you area that specializes in that treatment. Good luck, it is not easy to get relief, just know that it takes some time to get better and your doctor will have to figure out what works best for your particular case. It can be very frusrating I know, but there is help out there and you are not alone. Other symptoms including feeling like it hurt for my underwear to touch me and they are cotton or the feeling of rawness. Be patient, which I know is very hard cause I've been there. I hope you find some help soon and I hope you contact Dr Lamvu. She is very good and understands this condition very well.

I live in Australia and have found relief with a product called Vagisil it's a feminine itching cream medication. Have told 3 of my friends about it and they all say the relief is wonderful.We all suffer from different conditions but it seems to work in all cases.

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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You may have a infection. You should see your gynecologist or your family doctor for a pelvic exam so they can properly diagnose what is making you itch and sting.

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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