You may recall that my last appointment with a doctor at the vulvovaginal speciality clinic was a lackluster experience. After hemming and hawing for several weeks while my symptoms grew worse and worse, I finally contacted the clinic to try to get an appointment with someone else. On Christmas Eve, someone from the clinic called back and was incredibly friendly, scheduling me with the doctor who runs the practice, and expressing concern that I have a positive experience and get back on track with a treatment plan.
The new doctor (Dr. Competent) was super. She took one look at the copious discharge and said "yep, like amoebic yellow custard" and when she came back from looking at the sample under the microscope, she said "well, no surprises here." I still don't know why Dr. ? didn't have a clue, but this new doctor clearly had no confusion about what was going on. She said my vagina was "begging for estrogen" and she prescribed the old stand-by, hydrocortisone suppositories, with estrogen (estradiol) added and also with an anti-yeast compound. One suppository a day for two weeks, then 3 times a week for three months.
I'm not seeing any positive affects yet, which I'm not totally surprised about, given how bad things had gotten in the past few months. I know from past experience that it may take months on the suppositories before things settle down, "down there."
She of course also emphasized the need to do dilator work, which I have not done at all. I know, I'm a bad patient. It's just... such a not fun thing to do. So at the end of the day after work, baby care, laundry, dishes, mopping the floors, when all I want to do is go to sleep, dilator exercises tend to get pushed to the back burner. My excuse right now, is that using dilators while my vagina is still so inflamed is only going to confirm the vaginismus pain response and make things worse. I'll start back up with them once the inflammation lessons or two weeks before my next appointment... whichever comes first.
I have DIV, vulvodynia, and vaginismus. When I have low moments, I often wish for some kind of community of support. For that reason, I have created this blog. I have some posts here about my own experiences, but what I'm really hoping to do is post stories from other women (from YOU!); your story of your diagnosis, your treatment, and your life with DIV (and/or vulvodynia, vaginismus, lichen planus, etc.). If you would like to share your story, please hop on over to my contact form on the home page and send me a note.