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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 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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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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I'm 16 years old and I've had sex with a previous partner an there was nothing wrong atall,I have a new partner who I've been with for just a over a year an from the very first time we had sex it hurt,my boyfriend an myself can feel something at the entrance of my vigina witch appears to be like a wall stopping anything inserting inside I physically cant have sex the pain is unbareable it feel like it's very very tight an burns. Afterwards the thing on the entrance of my vigina witch appears to be a wall aches an burns! And also I've had a period for 7months none stop witch I thought was the coil so I got it removed then had the injection but this has ran out now an I'm still bleeding! Just really want this to go it's ruining my life!





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I have suffered a sore, raw and itchy vagina for 2 years now, the pain just seems to get worse. It's stopping me from doing day to day things. I have been tested for thrush and other bacterial infections and it all comes back clear. I feel like I have no one else to turn to and feel like my problem won't go away as my doctor has been no help. It's sore all the time. Please help. Thank you





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I have been experiencing pain during sex for a long time now, i had a laparoscopy which showed adhesions and a cyst, so i recently had a laparotomy to remove them, i recovered enough to try intercourse again, but it seems the problem is still there, the pain i get is like a burning/raw feeling at the top of my tubes, and then after it burns when i pee, it is causing me (and probably my partner too) stress, i cant enjoy sex, and really want to get intimate with him again, what could this be???





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My cervix has moved forward and my vagina os very dry, i was treated with a water infection a few weeks ago but this only just started, i have a sore stinging pain during sexual acts





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