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Cyclic Vulvovaginitis: The Most Common Cause of Vulvodynia

 
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Some women are advised to take the medication five days before each period to prevent a flare up.

A low oxalate diet or calcium citrate tablets to reduce the oxalates in the urine may be offered. Oxalates make the urine more acidic which is irritating to the vulva.

Topical steroids can be given for a limited amount of time to calm genital irritation, but these creams should only be used briefly as they can thin the skin and make the problem worse if used longer term.

If the doctor thinks the problem is being caused by immune system hypersensitivity to candida, he may also prescribe anti-histamines to suppress the immune response.

Sources:
Family Practice Notebook, Cyclic Vulvovaginitis - http://www.fpnotebook.com/gyn/vulva/CyclcVlvgnts.htm
DermNet NZ, Cyclic Vulvovaginitis - http://dermnetnz.org/site-age-specific/cyclic-vulvitis.html
NHS Choices, Thrush: Vaginal - http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Thrush/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Reviewed May 30, 2011
Edited by Alison Stanton

Joanna is a freelance health writer for The Mother magazine and Suite 101 with a column on infertility, http://infertility.suite101.com/. She is author of the book, 'Breast Milk: A Natural Immunisation,' and co-author of an educational resource on disabled parenting, in addition to running a charity for people damaged by vaccines or medical mistakes.

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I got a series of swabs done for mine - they gave me 6 kits to take samples myself and I tested once a month and sent the samples off in the post to the gynaecologist.  I tested positive on 50% of the samples.  I periodically test positive at other times when I'm tested. 

You could also get a candida antibody test (a blood test to check for candida antibodies).  If you have antibodies this is supposed to mean to are allergic to candida and even tiny amounts can cause problems, although the test is a fairly new thing and a bit controversial (not sure how accurate it is) so you might not be able to get it at your hospital but you could buy one.  Private companies that do allergy testing sometimes do these.

Good luck!

December 22, 2011 - 5:11pm
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How can I know for sure that the cause of my vulvar pain comes from candida???

December 22, 2011 - 4:08pm
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