Vulvar problems!!!

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Almost 2 months ago I started having vaginal redness and irritation and anal redness and irritation. I've been to see 5 doctors and most of the time they are saying it's yeast infection and/or bacterial vaginosis. None of the medicines I have been prescribed have worked at all. I am a tiny bit happy to say that I am feeling a bit better... maybe because I'm used to the soreness or symptoms but the vaginal redness and sore sometimes itchy feeling will not go away completely! It's like I'm on the edge of being cured but my vagina is being stubborn. I usually notice the symptoms less when I am working or doing something to keep my mind off of it but this is ruining my life for the most part. Sex with my fiancé is now scarce and when we do have it it does not feel like it did before! Our wedding is in less than 5 months and I'm so scared this is going to ruin my day and my honeymoon. My vaginal pH is 4.5 and my Pap smear came back normal. My doctor also thinks the problem is external and not internal. I was tested for herpes but it came back negative. I don't use harsh soaps or detergent and try and wear no underwear or cotton when I can. This problem makes me feel like less of a woman and I'm at my last straw. Today I started a clean diet of basically veggies and protein. No sugar, bread, or starchy food. I'm really hoping this helps and I'll update after 2 weeks of being on this diet. I also am not taking a probiotic and vitamin D every day 

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    I feel like I could’ve wrote this post myselfI’ve been experiencing the same thing for two years
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      I'm afraid of having this for years with no answer. Have you had any luck at all? I feel like if I could get something to work just even a little bit I would feel like it would be possible to go away completely. But the constant symptoms with no relief is stressing me out. This isn't fair for us women to have to deal with stuff like this. I feel like all the other women around me get to be normal and I'm not! It's so frustrating 

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      I’ve had temporary relief from a few things:

      1. A prescription cream .. called clometrzole which I hate !! But it does soothe me for 3 days or so .. I’m not home but when I get home I’ll get you the correct spelling

      2. There’s also an AVO yeast pill OTC 

      3. And the diet thing .. but nothing is ever permanent 

      Would you email me???

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      I’ve had temporary relief from a few things:

      1. A prescription cream .. called clometrzole which I hate !! But it does soothe me for 3 days or so .. I’m not home but when I get home I’ll get you the correct spelling

      2. There’s also an AVO yeast pill OTC 

      3. And the diet thing .. but nothing is ever permanent 

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      Yes I would email you but apparently we have to private message to be able to exchange contact information. Also do you ever feel like it gets worse around your period? I feel like the creams to use for yeast don't work very well 

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    It sounds like dermatitis. Definitely something skin related. I have been having a similar issue. I have a stubborn red and irritated area right at the bottom of my vulva and I've tried EVERYTHING. My doc prescribed me estrogen cream because she thought maybe I had a slight bit of atrophy after a bad reaction to something (which is what started all of this). It sort of worked but it was messy and I felt like it wasn't working fast enough. Then we went the other route which was a steroid cream (have you tried that?) It felt okay for three days then on the fourth stung SO BAD. Then I decided to go the natural route (just this past week) and I read coconut oil is great for irritated skin so I got a jar and have been putting it on when I can. So far it's been great. Way less irritated and way less red. I'm hoping this is it! I know how you feel with "feeling less of a woman". It's all about trial and error. It's not permanent so don't think that. You just have to find out what works and what doesn't. Just keep trying what you can! 

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      I have redness and irritation all over my vulva. And I have tried steroid creams prescribed by a doctor and they didn't seem to work. I'm trying to natural route too and I heard coconut oil is good as well. I've used it down there before just not consistently. It didn't seem to help much so I stopped using it. But maybe if I used it for longer it would help. I plan to get tested for any stds next week and maybe get a blood sample tested so I can find out if I have any hormone imbalance or anything like that. This is draining my wallet though because I have no health insurance but plan to get it soon. I really hope this diet change works and after I'm done with this prescribed cream I might try the coconut oil again. 

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      I don't know if you saw my reply to Chelsea earlier but my story is there. Definitely seems skin related. I really like your outlook - it would take be fore wrote just have to keep trying! Can you tell me what coconut oil you use - is it organic?

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      It’s definitely organic but I’m not sure of the brand name since I’m not home right now. Yeah ever since I stopped the estrogen cream and the steroid cream I get the occasional itch and a little swelling and not much else. It was way worse before and it seems like one side has healed better than the other so I figure maybe me crossing my legs is affecting it too? But yeah it’s kind of this tiny skin spot almost like a hive that comes and goes. What really helps me is exercising too and sometimes even sex believe it or not but I’m still always nervous the friction will Cause it to flare up so I try and keep it occasional rather than how much I used to have it before this. It’s been a journey but it’s definitely important to just keep pushing the doctors. They changed my birth control too from low dose to a regular dose so I’m hoping the extra estrogen will help the skin. It’s such a frustrating experience! It always seems to go away on weekends when my head is in a good place so yeah it seems very hormonal for me at least 
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      It’s definitely organic but I’m not sure of the brand name since I’m not home right now. Yeah ever since I stopped the estrogen cream and the steroid cream I get the occasional itch and a little swelling and not much else. It was way worse before and it seems like one side has healed better than the other so I figure maybe me crossing my legs is affecting it too? But yeah it’s kind of this tiny skin spot almost like a hive that comes and goes. What really helps me is exercising too and sometimes even sex believe it or not but I’m still always nervous the friction will Cause it to flare up so I try and keep it occasional rather than how much I used to have it before this. It’s been a journey but it’s definitely important to just keep pushing the doctors. They changed my birth control too from low dose to a regular dose so I’m hoping the extra estrogen will help the skin. It’s such a frustrating experience! It always seems to go away on weekends when my head is in a good place so yeah it seems very hormonal for me at least 
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    I am so sorry to hear about your problems. I have suffered for years. With burning and yeast infections - been to the  gynecologist  So many times I have lost count. I have  researched  for months and came across great reviews for ph-d Boric Acid virginal suppositories.  I had been suffering for years. From the first suppository I got great  relief   I had to use for 10 nights to  completely alleviate the problem. I use them at night and you will need a pantie liner  and pants as there will be a small amount of  fluid.   I now just use when needed. Once every two weeks. I am English but live in America Buy them on  Amazon   God bless I hope this helps you all 🙏

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      Yes many women have suggested that to me. Which kind do you use? Or are there different kinds?? I'm going to try the diet thing first and clear my system of all medicine before I try natural or other routes. I feel like I've been dealing with so many different medications and trials and errors that I'm scared I'm overloading my system with too much! 

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    I just want to say I really feel your pain Chelsea 90605. I had bacterial vaginosis 9 months ago right after I got engaged. Took 3 months to get rid of sad then I got a really bad yeast infection which I just got rid of a month ago. The entire time I've experienced on and off burning and awful days of just nonatop crying and feeling hopeless. Back in January however, I pretty much demanded a vulva biopsy. It wasn't fun but it did come back with results. It was found that I have Squamous Papillomous, which I recently found out is the same thing as vestibular Papillomous. They are really small bumps on the skin. And they can cause burning, itching etc. I took a close up picture with the flash the other day and saw these bumps. Back when the biopsy came back, my gyn didn't know how to treat me and sent me to a specialist two hours away. She diagnosed me with a million things and then basically told me I need to live with the pain. My wedding is 60 days away and I just am not okay with being given up on. I did my research on this vestibular Papillomous and it very well be why I continue to have itching, burning, some discharge. VP is suspected to be linked to HPV, but not proven, which I do have. I made an appointment with a new gyn ghost Wednesday who I'm hoping will treat me. 9 doctors later here I am. I can update you after the appointment if you'd like. Just wanted to share to be persistent always don't stop trying to figure it out. I totally understand the pain of wanting to start your marriage happily and healthy. I'm really sorry you are going throhgh this too sad

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      Thank you for this reply. I feel so down because this is a time where I want to feel excited about my wedding not stressed out. I think my last resort after ruling everything else out and trying to take these probiotics and change my diet is to also get a biopsy. I need to find out if something underlying is causing these issues. I'm crying as I write because I literally feel like I'm going crazy. I am also a very anxious person who worries a lot. But id honestly rather have any other ailment besides this one. I had a wonderful sex life filled with passion with my fiancé up until this happened. Now I feel like that's all gone away. I almost felt like offing myself since the emotional pain is so bad. But I will try and continue to find out what is wrong with me and hopefully find an answer before my wedding... 

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      I completely understand rolleyes it's a time that should be filled with excitement and fun and although I'm sure like me, for you there are still enjoyable tomes, there are just as many rough times too. I swear everyday I repeat myself and say I just want to feel normal and always happy the way I used to feel, especially when planning to marry the most amazing person in my life. I get it too about the sea life thing. It's hard and makes you feel like less of a woman. Ive cried SOO MUCH. I've wanted to give up a ton but just keep remembering there is an end to the pain. Be persistent and strong and don't stop trying. It's ridiculous how hard it is to get Answers  for this stuff, but there are answers to everything and you'll get there. Word of advice in being engaged with this - be open and honest and don't hide being in pain. The best support I've had is my fiance. If it weren't for him I don't know what I'd do. But really keep pushing. Bring him or a good friend or family member to appointments. My fiances work schedule is all over the place so I have my wonderful mother come to my appointments now. Like your own personal health agent who's looking  out for you, being there if you forget to ask certain questions, making  you feel less alone, being your advocate. I feel like with my mom there, my providers have taken me more seriously. I want to go into my marriage and some doctor falsely telling me to deal with the pain won't fly. There's a resolution and I'll find it and so will you and everyone else whether it's diet, nerve pain, hormones, warts, Papillomous, urinary issues like I, etc. Just keep striving for your answers and don't give up. I don't know how the messaging on this works but if you ever want to talk let me know and we can exchange info. I feel like we're living the same messy lives right now. But I'm very hopeful as sad as I am about it. We'll get better.

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      I would love to private message you I'm trying to figure out how to do so. I also have small bumps that were mistaken for herpes. I have been exposed to the virus before but the swab came out negative. I plan to get tested for other stds but my pap came back normal. Doesn't mean I don't also have hpv but it could. I also want my hormones and thyroid and get checked for diabetes. If yeast and bv is all I have it would give me some piece of mind because I don't know what else it could be. My mom also suggested getting an ultrasound and I'm planning to save my money just to get these tests done. When I find out how to pm you I would love to know how you got rid of your bv and yeast infection.

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