What Causes Mysterious Vaginal Pain?

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Are you experiencing persistent vaginal pain? Guess what? You’re not the only one. Millions of woman just like you are struggling with mysterious vaginal pain that just seems to defy diagnosis.

Vaginal pain can not only interfere with your sex life, it can contribute to depression. This article discusses the five most common reasons you might be living with this terrible discomfort and what you can do to heal naturally.

Yeast Infection

Chronic yeast infection is a very common cause of mysterious vaginal pain. Other symptoms of chronic yeast infection are cloudy or cottage-cheese-like discharge, itching and burning. Women get frequent vaginal yeast infection for many different reasons.

The best way to get rid of them permanently is to get to the source of the problem. This means looking to your diet and environment first. How healthy is your diet? Do you use conventional feminine products? If so, you could be making the problem worse. Click on the upcoming link to get a deeper look into chronic yeast infections so you can solve the problem from the inside out.

Vulvodynia/Vulvar Vestibulitis

Chronic vaginal pain can also be caused by vulvodynia. Vulvodynia is a really fancy way of saying, “crotch pain of unknown origin”. Basically, you have pain down there with no definable cause. When you’re diagnosed with vulvodynia, it’s very frustrating because the doctor is basically diagnosing you in pain.

Vulvar vestibulitis is a specific type of vulvodynia that is concentrated at the entrance to the vagina (vestibule). The skin there can become raw, thick, red and inflamed. Pain is exacerbated during sexual intercourse, tampon insertion, bike-riding and, in extreme, cases, sitting.

My Story of Vulvar Vestibulitis

Though it’s embarrassing to admit, I have this problem and have for many years. The first time I saw a doctor about it, he pretty much diagnosed me “in pain” and told me I should take antidepressants. I tried them for a week. They made me feel so strange; I had to get off of them.

I then turned to a naturopathic doctor for help and she spent years, literally YEARS trying to treat me with homeopathic remedies and acupuncture. Nothing changed. Eventually, she sent me to an open-minded conventional doctor who, get this, told me she didn’t believe anything was really wrong with me until she finally examined me herself. (See title of website).

Brain Protocol

Thankfully they both came up with a solution of sorts: Brain protocol. Brain protocol is a little tough to explain, which is why I included the link. Basically, it’s a series of homeopathic treatments designed to “fix” whatever might have gone wrong with your body as a result of physical/emotional trauma in childhood.

I did this back in 2007 and not only did it make a HUGE difference in my “down there” pain; it also helped clear up some of my Asperger’s symptoms.

More Natural Cures for Vulvar Vestibulitis

About six months ago, I began using organic neem oil “down there”, especially after my period and doing Kegel exercises every day. I switched to all-natural tampons. For one month I drank two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar twice a day and ate one tablespoon of pure organic coconut oil each day. All this seems to have made a lasting difference.

The Hydrogen Peroxide Treatment

I also do something some would consider very controversial: I use a solution of 50% hydrogen peroxide and 50% warm water in a homemade douche once a month after my cycle and it really works! (You’ll need a turkey baster that you never use in the kitchen and a small cup.) Try this at your own risk. I’m not a medical doctor. I was just once as desperate as you and saw this on Cure Zone and tried it.

The theory behind these cures is that the vaginal pain in this case is caused by a pH imbalance due to low-grade chronic vaginal infection. I also believe my particular case has to do with my gluten intolerance, leaky gut syndrome and low gut bacteria.

Click for more vulvodynia natural cures.

Urinary Tract Infection

Another common cause of vaginal pain is urinary tract infection. Though the vagina itself isn’t usually in pain during a UTI, there is pain in the urethra (pee opening) and burning during urination so it may feel like your vagina is hurting.

Other symptoms of a urinary tract infection are:

  • Frequent urge to pee but only a little pee comes out
  • Cloudy or dark urine
  • Back and stomach pain
  • Fever and chills
  • Hematuria (Blood in Urine)

If you want to try to treat at home before resorting to antibiotics that might cause yeast infection, try these natural treatments for UTI. If nothing you do at home cures the infection, you may have to visit a doctor.

Endometriosis

In a healthy woman, the lining of the uterus breaks down once per month and is expelled in menstrual blood. In woman with endometriosis, cells that are similar to the uterine lining begin to break down during her monthly cycle. Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of female infertility. Symptoms of this disorder are:

  • Severe menstrual cramping that radiates to the back and legs
  • Throbbing, dragging or gnawing pain in legs
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Painful urination (Often mistaken for a UTI)
  • Vaginal pain

The best way to determine if endometriosis is the cause of your vaginal pain and/or infertility is to visit your gynecologist.

Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts are another cause of your chronic vaginal pain. Ovarian cysts are benign (non-cancerous) fluid-filled sacs that develop on the ovaries. Common symptoms of ovarian cysts are:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained pelvic bleeding
  • Painful intercourse

If you believe you have ovarian cysts, book an appointment with a gynecologist. There are plenty of natural remedies for ovarian cysts you can try.

Whether your vaginal pain is caused by yeast infection, vulvodynia, ovarian cysts or other undiagnosed vaginal problems, there are plenty of natural options out there for you to try.

Don’t give up. If none of these conditions seem to match the symptoms you’re experiencing, read, “5 Reasons for Chronic Pelvic Pain” to get to the bottom of your mystery symptoms. Remember, even if your doctor isn’t taking you seriously, you’re not alone and you’re not crazy.

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About Author: Jaime A. Heidel
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  • Me

    Thank you for this article. I have had so much trouble with my freaking vagina I am so depressed over it and I think it’s really affecting my relationship with my husband. I have to say it gives me some hope not only to know I’m not the only one but also not the only one with aspergers who suffers from this ! In fact I am almost certain the two have something to do with each other. I am hypersensitive to everything and I think this plays a huge role in my pain. I had certain rituals as a kid .. One being that I absolutely hated being wet in my crotch.. After urinating I would wipe ferociously until I was dry. I didn’t know and no one ever told me vaginas should be wet. I know it might seek like common knowledge but I was always very unaware of the effect of my actions on my body. I was also sexually abused as a child. I’ve seen 2 gynecologist because of the painful intercourse. The first traumatized me so bad I didn’t go back to see another for years. She said she would go slow and be gentle and then jammed a cotton swab up there .. She says she lightly dabbed the opening of my vagina very gently but it felt like a knife! She didn’t believe me and had a nurse come in and fold me down. She thought my problem was inexperience and anxiety and that I was just “tight” and that my husband wasn’t getting me aroused. Well the second one was somewhat smarter and a lot gentler. She somehow got me through a pap smear and didn’t complain about my squirming and moaning in agony and gritting my teeth.. She said se thinks I have dyspareunia. I already knew what that was and was happy someone finally believed it wasn’t in my head. Also just barely touching my clitoris with a wet finger felt like touching my eye with a salty finger. Ok probably not that bad but really close. My husband and I have been married 4 years and have only had what could be called sex a handful of times.. And what we’ve termed “half sex” a few dozen times which is when it only goes in so much before j cant take it and have to stop.. Most of the time i feel so horrible I end up crying the rest of the night. The 1st year was constant reassuring that this was normal and we’d get better over time. 2nd year was constant research. 3rd ear I have up. I think we hardly even attempted anything that year. What was the point? This 4th year I’ve been wanting a baby. And if just not being able to satisfy my husband wasn’t enough.. I mean I’m somewhat girly but I’m really not very girly to begin with and I have a problem with my self esteem already and I feel broken and disfigured and depressed so bad that most of the time I don’t want to do anything. The last few month Its just been this feeling of helplessness and just complete defeat. I was diagnosed with aspergers a few years ago and having a diagnosis helped for the most part mainly because I was like “yeah! That explains so much!” and nothing else ever could and I finally felt like part of something even if it can be a struggle.. There’s a lot of good too. Well there is no good in this and it’s a miserable feeling knowing that a term like dyspareunia or vulvar vestibulitis actually means nothing but what you basically said.. That your doctor is stumped. I have no idea why I wrote all that… Sorry it was so long. I am going to try the tips you suggested though and see how that goes. Again thank you for this information.

  • admin

    Hello,

    I am so sorry you’re going through this. I know how you feel. I really do. I wonder if us female Aspies have some kind of “chronic crotch problem” because of our different gut bacteria. So much of Asperger’s syndrome is in the gut as well and they say if you have stomach problems, you will also have gynecological problems. Your husband sounds like a very understanding man. I can completely relate when you say you feel disfigured. I did too for so long. I had pain so bad I couldn’t do anything sexual. I also had the “salt on wound” feeling on that same area so I totally get it. The Brain Protocol homeopathic series helped so much. I believe that if a woman (or a man) is sexually abused as a child, something changes the way that child develops. It’s actually been scientifically proven. So this might mean, like me, you didn’t develop properly at puberty. This isn’t your fault. It’s just what happened to you brain.

    Please keep in touch and let me know how you are and if any of these suggestions helped.

    Love and light,

    Jaime

  • Linda Petkov

    I have Nerological gnawing inside vangina and rectum. Looking for relief!

  • admin

    Linda,

    I’m so sorry you’re experiencing this. I understand how difficult it is to deal with. Perhaps try to book a visit with a naturopathic physician in your area who can help you get to the bottom of your symptoms?

    Best of luck to you.

    Jaime

  • Relieved

    Hey Ladies i had Vigina pain for seven years was wrongly diagnosed. This year found a Doctor who really knew what he was doing second visit cured.Please let me know if your still having these pains.

  • admin

    Are you selling something? If you have an idea for a cure, please post it. Don’t have others have to send you an email for the information.

    Thank you

  • Roni Dorris

    What are the treatments for Vaginal Yeast Infections? See our Women’s Health Treatments Guide Index for more information about Vaginal Yeast Infections and other women’s health conditions. Usually discuss any signs you might be experiencing with your physician for an exact prognosis and therapy.

  • melody smith

    Thank you for your site! i tried the 50/50 hydrogen peroxide mix douche, at my own risk ;), and am feeling some relief already. Not sure how i would down the daily dose of coconut oil and vinegar. That will take some creativity. Have you had any experience/success with baking soda sitz baths?

    Anyway, thank you for sharing! i will come back and read more later.

  • admin

    Hey Melody,

    Thank you for your comment. That hydrogen peroxide thing is amazing, isn’t it? I was scared too when I first tried it but it helped so much. I haven’t tried baking soda sitz baths but I’d be willing.

    Jaime

  • neha

    hey ,even i suffer from vaginal pain its hell ,i sometimes really feel y y y y y y y only i was selected for this pain in this whole world ,i really need help ,i never visted a doctor ,I REALLY THINK ITS IN MY MIND .But now i m fed up and really wanna get rid of it .even i have a long story ,how can i share it with u ,can u give me ur email i.d or something

  • admin

    Hello Neha,

    Do you have a Facebook account? You can message me on this page: https://www.facebook.com/itoldyouiwassick

    Jaime

  • neha

    hi ,let me tell u my problem ,its hell to bear this pain ,i m having it from last 10 years and my symptoms r same and my conditions r also worst like all others .i really WANT TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE LIKE OTHER PEOPLES LIVE ,i really want to get rid of this pain .i wanna ask u that can it be a mental problem or can it be due to dislike and hatRed .and plz if possible give me ur email address,i have to share sumthing and i dont understand how do i write it here ….u gave me ur facebook account but how do i write in that .ANYONE CAN OPEN IT ,,,,BUT I REALLY APPRECIATE UR WORK .U HAVE TAKEN A STEP TO CURE PEOPLES WHO REALLY NEED HELP.THANK YU SO MUCH

  • neha

    I PERSONALLY THINK THAT I HAVE MADE MY MIND TO THINK THAT WAY ,,FOR EXAMPLE IF I DONT LIKE SOMEONE ITCHING THERE NOSE INFRONT OF ME..NOW I M IVING NORMALLY ,DOING MY WORKS AND NOW IF I SEE SOMEONE DOING IT INFRONT OF ME ,,,,,U WNT BELIEVE I REALLY FEEL THAT PAIN AND IT CONTINUES FOR DAYS 2 OR 3 DAYS ….THIS IS ONE THING N I HAVE MORE THINGS TO DISCUSS SO IF POSSIBLE GIVE ME UR E MAIL ADDRESS BUT I M FED UP I REALLY FEEL HELLLLLL

  • neha

    SAME CASE IS WITH PEOPLES ALSO,IF I DONT LIKE SOMEONE THAN I DONT LIKE HER NAME AND HER FACE AND EVEN SOME SIMILIAR FACE ,,,,AND IF I M DOIN SOME IMPORTANT WORK ,,,,,so i really dont want to recall that persons face and somewhere deep i m scared that her face should not be recalled AND FINALLY WHEN I DO THAT IMPORTANT WORK I RECALL HER FACE AND AGAIN DEVELOP THE PAIN AND SUFFERRRRRR AND THIS HAPPENS TO ME REGULARLYYYYYYYYYYY PLZZZZZZ HELP ..I FEEL SOMETIMES TO GO TO THAT PERSON AND FACE HER ,BUT SHE EVEN DONT KNOW THAT I HATE HER OR SOMETHING,WHAT ACTUALLY IS THIS DISEASE ,,,,,EVEN I SOMETIMES FEEL Y DO I DISLIKE THINGS AND PEOPLES AND SUFFER ,,,,,LET ALL THESE STUFFS GO TO HELL,,,,,BUT I FEEL SOMEHING IS IN MY MIND,,OME MENTAL ILLNESS OR SOMETHING PLZZZZZ HELP
    I NEED HELP SOMETIMES I FELLLL LIKE WORSTIETTTTTTTTT

  • neha

    heyyyy y r u not replying plzzzz reply ,i need help

  • admin

    Hello Neha,

    I’m sorry. I didn’t see any of these. I’d like to put you in touch with someone. Please contact me directly at this email address: jaimeheidel@yahoo.com.

    Jaime

  • neha

    ok thanks a lot for replying n cordially thanks for helping peopls

  • olivia

    its after sex that i feel the pain what could be the cause