Age: 18
Relationship Status: Dating
Length of Illness: 2+ Years
Related Illnesses: Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Urinary Tract Infection
Diagnosis: Vulvar Vestibulitis

Factors Leading to Pain: I first noticed that something was wrong when I attempted vaginal intercourse for the first time at 16. Pain was excruciating and there was an acute burning sensation at the entrance of the vagina.

Nine months and many visits to gynecologists later, I was diagnosed with vulvar vestibulitis. Pain is aggravated with contact and vaginal intercourse but occasionally comes on randomly and lasts for several hours.

I am frustrated with doctors' dismissive attitudes towards my condition because of my age, and am growing depressed that my boyfriend and I are unable to enjoy a happy sex life.


  • Burning
  • Pain on Contact
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Cracked/Thin Skin
  • Pain During/After Intercourse
  • Thick Discharge
  • Weak Pelvic Floor Muscles
  • Tight Pelvic Floor Muscles
  • Clitoral Sensitivity


    Stretching with Dilators

  • I saw Lisa Iacovelli of Marin Physical Medicine in Marin County, California for several months. She recommended a stretching regimen of vaginal dilators and first diagnosed me with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.

    The vaginal dilators helped to widen my vaginal opening so that my boyfriend could fit inside of me during sexual intercourse, but did not eradicate the burning sensation at the entrance.

  • Estrace Cream

  • I was prescribed a topical estrogen cream, Estrace, to strengthen the vaginal skin and hopefully decrease chaffing.

    I have been applying a pea-sized amount with a Q-tip to the affected area twice a day for about a month now. I have yet to notice improvement, but often wonder if I am applying the cream incorrectly, as application is very difficult and painful for me.

  • Calcium Citrate and Vitamin D Supplements

  • I recently began taking a Calcium Citrate and Vitamin D supplement, purchased at Trader Joe's, in order to balance out levels of oxalate in my diet and decrease irritants in my urine.

  • Lidocaine Cream

  • A gynecologist prescribed the numbing Lidocaine Cream to me for use during sexual intercourse.

    Thus far, my boyfriend and I have only used it once and had a bad experience. The numbing cream worked well at first, but within minutes seemed to rub off, leaving me sore for hours afterwards.

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Comments (1)

Eliza · over 3 years ago

Hi Bay, I'm very sorry to hear what you are going through. I had a similar list of symptoms when my VVS was at its worst. I'd love to share ideas for how to get better with you/or just talk if you need advice or someone to listen, if you're interesting in emailing, let me know.

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