Things I've Tried So Far (Laura)

It hasn't been long since I started writing for this blog so I thought it would be worth just listing everything I've tried so far in efforts to eliminate my vulva pain to give a bit of a background and in case this is helpful to anyone.

So, here goes:


  • Trimovate (steroid cream)
  • Dermovate (steroid cream)
  • Eumovate (steroid cream)
  • Steroid injections

Other Drugs

  • Benedryl
  • Vagisil
  • Course of ibuprofen for 2 weeks to reduce inflammation


  • Probiotics
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Calcium
  • Chlorella
  • Spirulina
  • Multivitamin
  • Iron

Dietary Changes

  • Drinking cranberry juice
  • Went vegan (I didn’t do this for vulva pain but a change that is worth noting, and I feel healthier generally, but it hasn’t changed this pain)

Tri-cyclic Antidepressants

  • Amitriptyline 10mg/20mg
  • Gabapentin

Complementary Therapies

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese herbs (various, inc Xiao Feng San)
  • Homeopathy
  • Taking CBD oil in water

Other Topical Treatments

  • Estriol cream
  • Lidocaine (anaesthetic gel)
  • Applying coconut oil
  • Applying aloe vera

Investigative Tests

  • 2X Biopsies (results both times were “chronic inflammation”)
  • Anaesthetic injections as part of biopsies


  • Physiotherapy
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Yoga

Mind Therapies

  • Three months with a psychosexual counsellor
  • Somatic experiencing
  • A week long deep healing retreat
  • A 5 month sensual mastery course including 1:1 mind and bodywork sessions

People I've seen:

  • Vulvar dermatologist X2
  • Sexual health clinic
  • GP
  • Gynaecologists
  • Acupuncturists X4
  • Chinese herbal medicine practitioners
  • Energy healer
  • Somatic experiencing therapist
  • Homeopath
  • Psychosexual counsellor
  • Physiotherapist
  • Chiropractor


Probably others that I’ve forgotten as well. Phew, a lot!

From this list, I am lucky that none of the above made my symptoms worse. And along the way, even though I have spent a lot of time, effort and money, I have gainedhugely in other ways, even though my pain is still there.

Mostly the things above didn’t make any difference to my pain apart from:

  • The trimovate cream (steroid) that I used for about 4 months twice a day back in 2008which really brought the pain down a lot. My pain used to be much much worse. After a while, the benefits plateaued and I am still now at the lower levels of pain that this cream got me to but I haven't been able to get any further. I have tried this again after a break and other steroid creams since but none of them have made any difference again. I know that many women have had some awful side effects of using steroid creams vulvo-vaginally, so this is not a recommendation in any way, just my own experience – I will be forever grateful for this cream.

  • The estriol cream (a mild hormone cream) applied locally once a day for a few weeks brought my pain down very slightly I think.

  • Physiotherapy and pelvic floor exercises have released tight muscles and made me stronger, although the pain is still the same.

  • The retreat and sensual mastery course have educated me so much, given me an inner strength and opened my eyes to a lot and I will always carry this with me.

So that’s where I’m at.

'Til next time...