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After about ten nurses/ARNPs/doctors/gynos all shrugging at me and saying "You should be happy! Everything looks normal!" (pain is normal???), my current OB/GYN officially diagnosed me with Vulvodynia, which is quite possibly the most annoying diagnosis I've had so far.

The only testing any of these medical professionals has done have been wet mounts. I do seem to have an issue with recurring yeast infections, which is odd since I'd never had one before last year.

For the last 11 months, I've been experiencing mild to moderate itching, mild pain to moderate discomfort, and the sensation that my pubic hair is being pulled the wrong direction, but only where my pubic hair grows. I also have been experiencing a strange sensation on my pubic bone, where if I put pressure on it it feels like it's been bruised. These sensations tend to come and go, are worse when I'm sitting down or walking for significant stretches, and have only occurred within the last year. There's been off-and-on unusual discharge, but at this point it's difficult to tell what's normal anymore. It tends to vary between a clear discharge (usually during arousal), thin-to-moderate white discharge, to yellow thicker discharge. I haven't noticed any pattern.

Possibly relevant: I'm asexual, and these sensations did coincide with approximately the same time I first started feeling sexual attraction toward anyone for the first time in my life, about October of last year. Which is...extremely annoying, to say the least. I do have a history of sexual/medical trauma specifically related to my pubic area, including an HPV scare six years ago after my first and only sexual partner.

It's been suggested that growing up in an ultra-conservative Christian town may be causing some sort of weird psychosomatic issue with experiencing sexual attraction, and that potentially seeking out a UU church might be helpful. I've also seen some stuff on the queer groups on Facebook about orgasmic meditation/clitoral stroking being helpful to people in a more mindfulness/sensory way. I'm also supposed to start physical therapy in September, when my health insurance kicks in again. I'm curious if anyone who has been diagnosed with vulvodynia has found any of this helpful.

I'm also looking for suggestions as to what this could be ASIDE from vulvodynia, because I've been pretty disappointed with the fact that a multiple number of medical professionals have basically shrugged this off and invalidated my experiences, and the local sex store has been the only place to offer me any sort of resources for what I've been experiencing (the book Healing Painful Sex and a nifty cooling pack for vaginas). Could this be a hair follicle thing? I tried plucking half of my pubic hair a few days ago (leaving the other side for a control group) and the itching is significantly less annoying, though the bruised sensation is still there; it's just a lot more tolerable. But plucking was the most painful thing I've ever done. Should I find a dermatologist? Hair specialist? OB/GYNs have basically been failing me at this point, and I'm pretty desperate for answers other than the medical equivalent of "we have no idea, sorry bro."
7:33 pm - 08/22/2016

Post OPK?

Wanting other opinions on this? Dose this look like a positive result?
Ok, so a few months ago I started having this terrible itching and irritation under my clitoris hood and on my clit. It would come and go but it got really bad and looked infected. I Went to my GYNO, got tested for everything and it came back as a small yeast infection and BV. Apparently I had injured my clitoris during spin class (which I had to stop going to because of this pain) and I never put it together until my gyno said it looked like an injury. Well she then told me that because I had the BV, the injury wasn't able to heal and that's why it would come and go and get worse.
She gave me a one day dose pill for the yeast, and Flagyl for the BV. 500mg twice a day for a week. I took both religiously and everything cleared up it was amazing.
well on my 4th day of antibiotics my boyfriend and I had sex ( I had been totally relived of everything so I didn't think it would be a bad idea). Well I ended up giving him a yeast infection which sucks, but I was still taking my meds and feeling great.
well the pills ended about 9 days ago, and I'm starting to feel itchy down there again but not only on my clit but everywhere, and my discharge doesn't smell but it's very thick and dryish. I have a feeling my test infection is coming back, either from the medication,
or from my boyfriend and I having sex? I'm not sure but I know that prior to being treated for this when I said it would "come and go" it usually came right before my period and was really terrible during and after for a few days. Well I'm due for my period in 2 days and I'm just praying this isn't happening again.

Has anyone had any experience with this.
Hi everyone,

I am a little concerned about a sort of soft bump I found on my left labia majora about a week ago. It's not even a proper "bump", in that it's not that high, it's barely visible to the eye unless you know it's there. It's also of the same color than the skin around it. The skin there does not look broken to me, maybe a little bit shinier than elsewhere on my vulva but I am not sure whether that's my worried mind playing tricks on me. I definitely feel two little roundish slightly swollen spots with my fingers.

I have gone for an STD check for the sake of peace of mind though I think it unlikely and am waiting for the results as of now.

I suspect it might be linked to wearing a new pair of high waisted and (very) tight denim shorts for a couple of days in a row, but as I have never gotten irritated from too tight clothing before, I'd like to hear how it played out when you did, to compare our experiences and see if they match.

I felt slight discomfort after wearing the shorts the first day, but dismissed it and wore it again the next day. The shorts kept rubbing my crotch as I walked and by the end of the second day I felt a kind of light burning sensation and itch. I had no way to try and take a look at that moment (I was on holiday in a small studio without a mirror), but I felt soft bumps where it itched, kind of a softer version of small mosquito bites.

I tried my best not to touch them too often hoping it would subside. Today I don't feel anything (no burning, no itch) unless I touch the two bumps that remained. It doesn't hurt or even tingle when I do, it slightly itches sometimes if I pinch them for quite a while trying to see how thicker the labia is there (weird thing to do, I know). Everything else feels ordinary to me, discharge, smell, color...

Has anything even remotely similar ever happened to anyone? How long after not wearing the irritating clothes does absolutely everything disappear and go back to normal for you?

Thank you! :)
Has anyone ever used coq10 & dhea to Concieve faster? Any thoughts on this if it is safe unsafe? Works dose not work? I am concerned about the side effects that come with the dhea. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated! Thanks!
4:37 pm - 08/09/2016


Hi All.
I suffer from monthly painful cysts, often on the outside of my inner labia, sometimes on the inside of the outer labia. Sometimes I can pop them, other times not. Often the outer ones appear to be ingrown hairs, although I do not shave or wax.

These are not herpes as I have been tested multiple times. Nor are they any other indicator of STI for the same reason.

Any ideas about what could be causing them? More importantly, any ideas how to prevent or treat them?
Thanks so much.
Hello all!

I looked through the yeast infection tags and FAQ but was unable to really find an answer to this question.

Is it OK to be using multiple methods simultaneously to try and cure a yeast infection? I've had one since Saturday, and have used garlic, taken the one-dose Monistat, had an Apple Cider Vinegar bath, and today I put a tea tree oil tampon in. I'm desperate to get rid of this stupid thing as I've just met someone new and would really like to see him again soon! And not have to explain that I have a raging yeast infection! Haha

I know all these methods work differently, so I wasn't sure if it could be harmful to be doing several things all at once? Or if it might even end up aggravating the symptoms?

Is this a real thing?
Lately when having sex w my boyfriend he slips out a few times during sex each time. This did not used to happen a couple months ago when we first starting having sex. It mostly happens when i'm on top- i do notice some times i get very very wet and maybe this makes me feel "looser". But at the beginning he'd say that I was tight, and ever since this started happening we don't talk about it anymore- (Not sure if this is just me being insecure, but yeah). I am getting worried that it doesnt feel as good for both of us. any suggestions/thoughts?
7:39 am - 08/07/2016

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Hi VP,

Last night I noticed UTI symptoms - painful/burning sensation, difficulty urinating, strange odor. I drank a lot of water and just woke up functioning more or less normal, so far... Could the problem have gone away on its own, or should I see a doctor anyway? And how long would you wait?

Background: I will be back in the country where I have health insurance in 5 days (but money and the language are not an insurmountable issue if I do have to go here). I had these symptoms last in 2006, when they also seemed to clear up on their own.

And I think I was dehydrated traveling yesterday, which seems like it could have contributed. Also, for the rest of my stay I pretty much only have leggings to wear - could this worsen things, or will I be alright? They're not skintight but they're not super breathable either.

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!
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