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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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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 am 17 and i cannot have sex due to a sharp stinging pain when the opening to my vagina is touched. I feel it is affecting my relationship. I have had swabs done to show nothing and been given yeast infection creams but they havent helped. What could it be?





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Hi i'm 16 and I have been to see my gp several times a few years ago but i never really received an answer. Basically i suffer from internal vaginal pain. I haven't had it for a long time but it has suddenly returned. It feels as though the inside of my vagina is very sensitive; pubic hair growing inside of my vagina is very uncomfortable and causes sharp pain. I have always been unable to use tampons as inserting them was excruciatingly painful. I also seem to get air trapped inside of my vagina which is very uncomfortable and causes pain. I have tried to explain this to a gp before but they didn't understand. All the gp's ever gave me was thrush cream, and i am certain this isn't thrush. Now there is also a constant burning sensation, for which i am taking cystitis relief sachets for, to see if they will help. I am too embarrassed to visit my gp and i feel that i would not get any answers. Any help please?





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I was having sex with my first guy and I never had any problems before. And then I got put on the depo shot and suddenly sex with him started to really hurt. It was like there was lack of lubrication. But things were plenty lubed. It would burn so bad after words I would stick an ice cube down there to stop the pain. I now haven't had sex five months. And tampons hurt and they never used to. Kegel balls hurt to touch the entrance skin. And so does anything touching that area. It's like it's to dry. But it's not. I've been treated for UTIS and yeast infections and I still have this problem.





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I'm 18 years old and ive suffered with vulvodynia for 6 years now. At first i was treated with constant antibiotics for 2 years, then, steroid creams after steroid creams, then anti depressants, canesten creams and pessaries, cocodamol, paracetamol, ive had so many swabs and water tests done, including and exploratory operation in 2011, been passed from gynies, to urologists, back and forth constantly. i was offered treatments for my bladder, things only cancer patients had done. now in 2014, my pain is horrendous but i have no choice but to work a full time job to carry on with my life. my doctors have sent me to a dermatologist in a few weeks to see if its a skin problem, then, ill bee off to a specialist in oxford hospital. the ONLY thing i found that worked was a cream called Vagisil, its a cream for feminin iching, its numbs the area and only £4 a tube from asda/tesco/boots its saved me so much pain, definitly worth buying it. i hope no one has to go through it as long as i have had too, its not nice at all and it really effects the way you live your day to day life.





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Hi I am 19 about 2 months ago I started getting a burning sensation down there the doctors said I had a water infection but me on three types of antibiotic and now have put me on nitrofurantoin 50mg and metronidazole vaginal gel 0.75% which has ease it too only having pain for a few hours less than before however I was on my 4th day of the gel when I came on my period now i haven’t taken the last gel applicator as it says I shouldn’t. I work in a school so I can’t afford times of work but it’s getting me so down I would really be thankful if someone could tell me of any treatments they have tried? It comes on many in the afternoon and duning tea time 5-9ish I am getting so fed up with it crying in pain now and the doctors can’t see what it is they have done so many test on me allready and they have came back with nothing please help!!





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I have suffered from this vaginal burning for at least 14 yrs. I bumped into a web site only this past week which suggested I up my intake of echinacea 500 mg 4x a day, oil of oregano 500 mg 2x a day, and now I have incorporated incorporated vitamin C 1000mg 3x a day. The burning have subsided tremendously. I feel like finally I'm on the right track to being healed of this horrible burning!

I feel for everyone who has asked for answers ont his site as i have been suffering now for nearly 5 months, had all the anti biotics repeatedly, bought cystitis sachets too in case it was that. Have found it really difficult to explain to a doctor how it feels and how it randomly comes and goes within 24 hours of being with my partner. It gets really sore to the touch also even without having sex, I too have been tested for everything and all is clear. I get a little feverish too and nauseaous, it will go on for hours at a time then fade, but will come back with avengance as soon as im touched or have sex. I too just feel like crying as I saw my doctor yesterday and they are now telling me it could be psychological...what a load of rubbish, i wouldn't want this feeling if someone paid me its awful and no I feel i have no-one to turn to because no-one can tell me what it is or why I have it. :(

Hey, I'm 17 and about 8 months to one year ago I lost my virginity. It hurt like it was supposed too and I bled which means that my hymen was broken. But the pain intensified and got so bad that my partner had to withdraw before finishing and we stopped. We tried again a week later and the pain was still there. We tried numerous times since and it hadn't got any better. I've since broken up with him but I now feel too nervous to get into another relationship while this is still a problem. I have got to the point where I can insert two fingers relatively easily, but I still get a stinging pain around the surface and feel no sort of pleasure from vaginal stimulation either. Generally is it also uncomfortable to have anything (even a tampon) in my vagina. It's a very troubling and worrying problem for me, please help...





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Hi I am Iin a long term relationship and had intercourse with my partner a week ago and the next day started feeling sore in my vagina but then started my period and thought the iching and stinging would go becausr I thought it might just be thrush through my period but my period has ended and have still got the stinging iching feeling and I am now paranoid that my partner may be cheating and has caught something and given it to me please can you help





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I have been diagnosed with VVS (vulva vestibulitus syndrome) nearly a year ago now. I have tried the anti-depressants, the numbing gel, creams and even Botox to kill the nerve endings. I'm still struggling to have sex and it's really affecting my relationship now, I love having sex with my partner but because of the constant pain I have given up. Please help me with what I can do next?





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Try to take echinacea 500mg 4x a day/ oil of oregonal 500mg 2x a day/ and vitamin c 1000mg 3x a day... On your road to feeling normal again!





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