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Mar. 2nd, 2009 | 11:28 am
location: Ithaca, NY
mood: curiouscurious
posted by: ruffian_wind in we_ride_bikes

Hey gals. I'm writing to ask you all about a "sensitive issue," namely vulvar vestibulitis.



I was diagnosed with VV last September after years of uncomfortable riding. I just figured it was the bike, the bike saddle, etc. I own so many saddles, gel pads and padded shorts that it's almost ridiculous; I'm also on bike #3 thanks to this condition.

For those of you who don't know what VV is, it's overgrowth of nerves and inflammation about the vestibule, which is located near the perineum, on the outside of the girly bits. My gyno did the standard q-tip test during my pap smear and I started screaming. For women who have VV, it typically causes pain when wearing tight pants, during sexual intercourse, while cycling, and even while sitting. There are surgical procedures that can be done to get rid of the overgrowth, but it's not very effective from what my doc told me.

So, why am I here talking about VV? I'm curious to see if anyone out there has VV, and/or if you have found ways of lessening the discomfort. I've scoured the internet and come up with very little, and women's cycling books don't seem to have any information about it either. After all my experimenting with saddles and bikes and even lidocaine (which has not worked one bit), who knows--maybe I will write a book about it some day...

Thank you ahead of time for any information you may have!

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Crys

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from: crys79
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Wow. I had no idea about this condition. It sounds so painful and difficult. While I have no advice for you, I wish you much luck at figuring out a way to deal with it. Keep us posted on anything that you try!

Have you tried those seats that have the nose missing?

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Raton de Biblioteca

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from: crimson_clover
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
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Nope, just to say that I have also been diagnosed with this and it SUCKS.

A lot. Both for biking and for sex, both activities which I otherwise heartily enjoy.

I did find that getting a cutout saddle helped, as well as working on proper form to sit on my sitbones rather than on the squishy bits. But all in all nothing helped - not even the lidocaine. So I'm right there with you - seems like the medical community finally has figured out that some women have this real problem (I was told for years I was just "nervous" during sex) and hopefully there might be some more study on it...

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from: ihsyasylime
date: Mar. 3rd, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
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Is this a condition that develops, or is it genetic, or are others more predisposed to it?

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