Relationship Status: Dating
Length of Illness: 4 Months -7 Years
Related Illnesses: IBS, Interstitial Cystitis, PMDD, Recurrent yeast/BV, Food allergies, Latex allergy
Diagnosis: Vulvar Vestibulitis
Factors Leading to Pain: Increasing dryness whilst taking Yasmin. I started to feel like I was having mild atrophic changes and the actual structure of my vulvar started to feel different, smaller and thinner. The vestibulitis started quite suddenly in January this year after going for a walk one day, my vagina was so dry I got a small tear which took weeks to heal. I came off Yasmin immediately because I really felt like it was the cause. I'd also started to feel generally unwell, had morning nausea every day and two really large cysts in my breast (which went within a week of stopping). My natural lubrication came back after about a week but the inflammation remained. My cycle seems to have an effect, my symptoms are much better for 10 days or so before I bleed and much worse for about 10 days after.
I've had recurrent yeast infections and BV for years, took me a long time to realize a latex allergy was a big culprit for general irritation. Had various investigative procedures to track down pelvic pain but none of those factors really bothered me on a daily basis or during sex like VVS. The IC started about 2 years after going on the pill.
I really feel like my VVS is a surface problem, skin inflammation rather than deep nerve pain. I've certainly noticed a link between what I eat with the IC so I feel like that could also be a contributing factor.
I started Yasmin to control my PMDD and it really was wonderful in that respect, I also had ovarian cysts but not PCOS which cleared up during my time on the pill. My hormones have always been slightly nuts.
Finally have an appointment to see someone at a vulval pain clinic on May 19th, hoping this will shed some light on the how, the why etc but I don't hold a huge amount of help. In the meantime I'll try anything I can to help this and eventually make it go away.
Causes of Illness: Yasmin
Food allergies/other allergies.
- Pain During Urination
- Pain When Sitting
- Cracked/Thin Skin
- Pain During/After Intercourse
Been avoiding using this but succumbed last night in a moment of desperation. Seemed to actually help quite a bit but I'm wary of becoming dependent on something with so many long term side effects.
Really rude GP told me this was my only option and I refuse to take it. I took several antidepressants to help with anxiety a few years ago and I feel like they had a hugely negative impact on my life. My libido died, I put on tons of weight, had no personality, didn't care about anything and my relationship suffered to the point where we broke up after 7 years. I don't want to take something that makes me feel sexless to help me have sex. If that makes sense?
I'm being treated by an old friend who is also a homeopath. So far great results with the IC but not much change with the VVS. She prescribed Casuticum 30m.
Had a lot of success with balancing hormones/PMT but have yet to really address VVS.
BioKult probiotic supplements. These things are AMAZING, after taking them religiously for 6 weeks I was tested for yeast and nothing grew in the lab. This is totally unheard of for me. They've helped my entire reproductive and digestive system. www.bio-kult.com
Just started using this.
I applied this straight to my vulvar and it really calmed things down BUT it smells so absolutely awful I avoid using it.
Huge success with this for general muscular pelvic pain. I don't know what I would have done without it to be honest but I have an amazingly holistic/magic osteopath who is willing to look at all options.
Trying to avoid certain foods know to be inflammatory, I know tomatoes really irritate my bladder for example and I know for a fact that dairy of all kinds really, really exacerbates my problems.
I take this to help with my PMDD (extreme form of PMT) it works so well that I have maybe a day or two with bad symptoms these days rather than 7-10.
Again I take these to help with the PMDD but it seems to help across the board. Especially the magnesium which is great for nerves.
I use this instead of any kind of soap to wash with and it helps a lot.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
100% Pure Neem Oil
Magnesium & Liquid B Vits
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