What do you use to protect vulva from urine?

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Urine seems to be the most irritateing to my vulva skin and especially if concentrated makes skin burn. If you have this problem,what do you do to calm down the irritation or protect the skin from irritation from urination??

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    Does coconut oil provide a barrier and/or calm down the irritation for you?  Panty liners smeared with something?  Solid coconut oil?

     

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      Many of us apply it both inside the vagina and on the vulva area. We find it soothing. Make sure you wash your hands first. I use a wash designed for the "intimate" area to wash my hand with and dry with a towel that only I (not the rest of the family) use. I also wipe the finger that I am going to use with coconut oil first.

      you might also like to try the vitamin E suppositories (for vaginal and rectal use), they are made form coconut and palm oils with added vit E. Many of us find those soothing too. I put one in every night.

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    As well as drinking plenty to hydrate I always wet a tissue and wipe myself down there after a wee 

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    When i had vulvodynia it was recommended to wash with water after weeing to ensure all the urine is washed away. So, I'd take one of my chemical / bleach free tissues, wet it under the tap and wipe with that, the. Dry with another tissue. I didn't use normal toilet paper we as I was worried that wetting it might librate the chemical and bleach therein.

    i continued to do this once the vulvodynia had gone, but one day thought - hang on, why would my own body produce something that was detrimental to it? Plus the Ph of water is so much higher than out natural Ph down there. So I stopped the post-wee washing. However, you could try it, as I know lots of women on vulvodynia forums find it helps.

    one other thing you could try is to take suppliements that improve urinary health. Cranberry extract is the common one (beware of cranberry juice as it usually has added sugar). I read a recent study that showed that cranberry did little on its own but was beneficial if taken together with lingonberry.

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      Well i know the atrophy also thins the vulva skin which i am sure makes it more prone to irritation from acidic urine,especially when its concentrated like first thing in the morning.
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       I was diagnosed with vulvodynia in summer 2013. I was free of it after 1.5 years. I was given amitriptyline. I gradually worked my way up (5mg increases every 2 weeks, otherwise I got side effects - have to cut the tablets in half) to 50mg. It did help - it made day to day living more bearable, but sex was still out of the question. What finally got me better was acupuncture - western acupuncture given by a qualified doctor - it compliments the amitriptyline in damping down the over active, hyper sensitive nerves. Manual densensitisation also helped to retrain the nerves to register touch as touch and not pain - stroke yourself on the area that is painful, with lots of oil based lube ( coconut oil is great), very gently and only once to start with. Very gradually increase the number of strokes and pressure. You have to do it once every day and only enough so that you do not significantly increase your pain. I did it until I was up to 200 fairly firm strokes, then I started to put my finger inside - from this point on you can start training with vaginal dilators e.g. Amelle, or you can just increase number of fingers. Pelvic floor exercises can also help - I did these too. There is a good book which takes you through the pelvic floor exercises and manual desensitisation steps called "Seven steps to pain free sex". I did all the above and, after 1.5 years was having wonderful pain free sex again, then got dry due to menopause!

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      You may also want to try saginil gel - that really helped me, but did not get rid of the pain completely. It did reduce the pain - really soothing - and made day to day life more bearable. My GP recommended it (but could not provide it) as some of her patients had got complete pain relief from it. It is available only from the manufacturer in Italy called Epitech. You can get it from their online shop and pay using PayPal. They don't have it here in the uk but you can buy it online because it is not classed as a medicine (you don't need a prescription); it is classed as a food supplement because it contains natural plant extracts that act especially on overactive nerves in mucous membranes.
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      any questions you have about anything I have written above, please do ask - I am really keen to help others recover as I did.
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      Hi I'm on nortryptoline two tablets so 20 mg a day. I use lidocaine as and when I need it. I came down to one tablet and all the symptoms came back. Sore raw burning no change basically and I found that taking difflucan for thrush gave me ten days of pain free. My logic is saying is there an underlying thrush problem?? So I'm back to two tablets again. You say you upped the amitriptolene how much to? You used massage I don't have the vaginismus ( difficulty with insertion) but am willing to try as I really need to see a way through this.

      What started yours?

      Did you experience difficulty with urine flow having to concentrate to wee during vulvadynia?

      I take herbal for thrush for the gut and b12 every day I have reduced sugar don't drink much alcohol and drink two litres of water a day plus parsley tea.

      This is a living nightmare every day something else. Any exchange of info is gratefully received.

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      I also had Vulvodynia and then went into a depression because t it was so painful. At that time in 1993 Vulvodynia was not known about. Anyway I was put on Nortryptiline ( Desipramine) for the depression at 100 mg/day and lo and behold the vulvodynia went away! I took that for 10 years an decided to go off--the pain came back.In order to control it again I had to go to 150 mgs which is a high dose. I had a complete neurological check up when I went into menopause and the Dr. said do not ever go off of that or the pain will come back and it also might not work at all if you go off. So here I am over 20 years later and free of vulvodynia pain. The atrophy discomfort is entirely different for me.
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    While I think coconut oil is the best thing since sliced bread, I'm not sure it's going to give a barrier between urine and the skin and I think you might be better to look for something that is used to help with nappy rash for that?  Something like sudacream or I've read good reports about metanium, which I hadn't heard of.  But I wonder if you look up the advice for nappy rash it might apply to your issue?
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