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For the past 2 years I have been suffering with vulval pain and I'm grasping at straws for help as I have no where else to turn. No one takes me seriously and I am constantly pushed aside by doctors who can't see anything wrong and therefore I am supposedly absolutely fine. It is driving me crazy I feel broken and helpless with no where to turn.
It all began following a really bad urine infection which left me hospitalised for a few days, I was pumped with antibiotics and thankfully I made a speedy recovery. The large dose of antibiotics left me with a bit of recurring thrush which surely enough cleared up after a while. Although I was shaken from the experience I attempted penetration with my partner (after ensuring we were both clear of any infections/thrush and STI's) and it was incredibly painful which wasn't something I was used to! Further attempts left me feeling heartbroken and helpless.
After begging my GP to refer me to a gynaecologist she finally gave in after they had done all the possible tests on me. The gynaecologist instantly suggested it was vaginismus and prescribed dilator exercises and a lidocaine gel. I completed exercises each night and sometimes I was successful and rather chuffed where as other days I would regress completely back to the smallest size. Incredibly disheartened I returned to the Gyne who suggested oestrogen cream to be applied into the vagina which once again I followed even though it was uncomfortable. You guessed it no success I then returned and mentioned how the urine infection had left me with an urgency to use the bathroom leading me down the bladder route in which I had an internal examination of my bladder which appeared healthy ruling out anything like IC or any underlying bladder conditions. I had a pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound which turned up nothing everything is completely healthy. I am currently being treated using PTNS for my urgency which seems effective however it isn't solving the issue I initially brought forward to my Gyne.
Every medical professional I have visited is incredibly unsympathetic and unhelpful to my cause, I have had to sit through countless patronising appointments which often leave me bursting out in tears because I am not taken seriously and they just don't seem to care. I have even had an individual tell me in response to the question 'will I be able to have children if I can't even have sex?' that I can just be artificially inseminated it's not a big deal. As romantic as that might sound it was devastating to hear that this doctor would rather just swerve the bullet and not help me whatsoever. I am stuck on the Isle of Wight where no one seems to care about my problem or want to send me elsewhere to receive help.
This issue is really starting to impact my life and my relationship, sex isn't something that has always meant a lot to me but I want to be close with my partner again, I'm in such despair with this issue, no one seems to care or understand and I have no idea what I should do if anyone can offer any advice I would be so incredibly grateful.
Thankyou for your time,
Hopeless Vagina Owner
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