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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 started with a water infection but over the past 3 days I have noticed that my vagina has become red, slightly swollen and an intense pain constantly through out the day and nigh. I get a stinging / burning sensation when I pee it also feels like I am tearing when I attempt to pee. It is uncomfortable for me to stand or sit. I also get an intense pain when my urine touches the skin.





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My vagina hurts and it bleeds on the outsides a little i can barely move from that cause it hurts and itches and i cant really see what it is cause i havent shaved and whenever i try it hurts and so i avoided shaving and i dunno what to do so can anyone give me a little help please thanks!





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I've just been given Ametop to try along with Amitriptyline and I'm frightened to even put the gel near me.. I only have to use it once he said.. Is it ok? Anyone hell?? Thanks





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I have had itching round my vagina/clitorious? For a few days and it the whole area has also become swollen and really sore to touch and it's really uncomfortable when I walk and even sit down. I want to know if I should go to the doctor or if there are any treatments I can try without visiting the doctor, please help!





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I am in my 50s, Since going through perimenopause i am always burning and itching down below. My activity level has dropped my weight has gone up. I have been to doctors ,no help?





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Hi. I don't know what is wrong with me. I have these growths at the back of my vagina. They feel hard to the touch and occasionally itch. Sometimes when touched by my under garments or when having sex it feels as if I am being stabbed with a needle or like the feeling of a prickly hair growing back, and is red. Does anyone know what this might be? I'm getting worried but can't see a Dr. No insurance or money. What should I do. And they seem to be getting bigger and harder. Please help.





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Hi I've been having problems for months, now I feel I cant have sex as its very painful from start to finish. I've been to my gp had swobs and a scan all came back normal but I still have the problem.





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Yes I have burning in my vagaina area, I feel like it's in my vagaina though, if you understand. I have had many many tests done,it all comes back normal. they give me antibiotics, but it never fails to return. anyone know what this means ?

I had all the same symptoms. Intense itching. Raw skin. Small red bumps. Nothing helped until I wiped the vaginal area with white vinegar. Burned like hell. But after 10 years I have healed and am now itch free





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Hi, ive been having pain in my vagina for about 4 months now, at the moment my whole vulva is red raw and very painful/ uncomfortable i havnt been able to have sex for months and i feel so sorry for my man as we are so close in that way. My symproms rage from very red raw to what i call splitting which can take weeks to heal up, itching, pain when i wee, some times its so sore i can hardly wipe when i go to the loo or wash when im in the bath, i have no discharge, im going to the doctors in 2 days because ive been putting it off for ages and im getting sick now. I e tried vagisil for the itching wearing different under wear salt in my bath scratching, im at my wits end now.





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A couple days ago I noticed what looked like a tear along my labia , it hurt after sex so that when I took a look and found it, in the last couple of days I have now red bumps around my vagina,it doesn't have any puss coming out of it, or looking like pimples, they are just red lumps, almost looking like misqueto bites, the tear has not healed either. It burns if I pee , and it's hard for me to walk around or do any thing, I am going to the doctor in two days but I can't wait, it hurts so bad , please help





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