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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 Miriam coil fitted but my main problem is I have a virginal itch which is very irritable and causes me to scratch and it sometimes bleeds can you tell me if the coil could be the cause.





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I am on the pill, during the 3rd week of my pill packet I am become really sore and itchy down below. It lasts for about 2 weeks then disappears. I have had it for about 6 months now, its horrible! I have been using lidocaine cream but it only gives temporary relief..any advice at all?





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Hi. I was diagnosed with vulvodynia. Actually, we don't have typical treatments for it at the moment, thus i try to figure out and experience by myself. Somehow, I can't say 100%, but it gets better as i can have sex 3-4 times per day. First, meditation is important as it s free your mind of pain and you can control and relax the vaginal muscles, which always contract too much when you feel pain and that makes things worse. Second, I am from Asia and we have some specific techniques to treat the body problem by massage. Yes, it sounds so simple but it works for me and hope for everybody. If you interest about the massage techniques, i can post and everybody can try for themselves.





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I have vulvadynia which is burning pain of the vulva. I have tried every oral treatmeny and creams and now am seeing a gyno in sydney to request an operation to fix it. Ive had it for about 4 years now and have had enough





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I have been in pain and discomfort for the last two years and have had no help from the doctor. My inner labia have become swollen and hard and sore. The swelling has now covered my clitoris. I am in my seventies and I wonder if this is one of those things that happen in old age and the pain and discomfort has to be put up with? Might it be cancer ?





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I have been in pain and discomfort for the last two years and have had no help from the doctor. My inner labia have become swollen and hard and sore. The swelling has now covered my clitoris. I am in my seventies and I wonder if this is one of those things that happen in old age and the pain and discomfort has to be put up with? Might it be cancer ?





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I have always had problems having sex as it has always hurt quite badly and I have been sexually active for 5 years. The doctor finally said it could be vestibulitis and gave me some numbing gel. However, this didn't really work. Is there anything else I could try?





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I got pregnant when my boyfriend and I tried to have sex for the first time.so i had an abortion before having sex for the first time which was 6 months ago.at first all i felt was pain the first time and some few times after,about a month later i started having this burning pain whenever we are having sex.i dont know if its because i abstain from sex 2,3 to 4 weeks before having sex with my boyfriend,the abortion or i have an infection.please i need an advice





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Hi there I have itching on my vagina and the dangles thing is really painful and irritating ad becoming very dry and also stinging when I go for a toilet I have tried lemon water and different types of creams but haven't really worked I am fed up with this now and I don't know what to do





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About a week ago I started getting this stinging pain on one spot of the outside of my vagina when my urine hits it. I checked the area with a mirror and see two small spots that are a tiny bit raised up. But those have been there for years. Never get bigger or change any.but I am pretty sure that's where the pain is.





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