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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 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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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.

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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I have had this for years and has really affected my life. I have now been to see a Gynacology specialist and been diagnosed with vestibulitis (localised provoked vulvodynia) apparently quite common. Ask your doctor to treat you for this or go and see a gynaecologist too?

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. :(





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