Last Modified on Jan 25, 2015
Holistic treatment for Vulvodynia can be the most effective way to deal with the pain that disrupts a woman’s life and causes great emotional distress. Using baking soda as a home cure to lessen vaginal acidity is often helpful. The healing properties of coconut oil, a well-regarded alternative remedy, give internal relief to many sufferers. Stretching the pelvic and vaginal muscles is a home remedy that seems to be critical for keeping the problem under control, ending or greatly diminishing the pain and stopping new occurrences.
What is Vulvodynia?
Vulvodynia and vulvar vestibulitis refer to chronic pain around the opening of the vagina (vulva) for which a cause cannot be found. The pain can continue steadily or intermittently for years. A very acid vaginal pH has been identified with some cases of vulvodynia. Vulvodynia is not a yeast or bacterial infection and those treatments will not work. The pain and burning makes many daily activities uncomfortable or impossible, including intercourse. Determining if there is a ‘trigger’ for chronic, recurring outbreaks can be helpful; antibiotics are one known trigger. A feeling of too-tight, shortened pelvic and vaginal muscles can be relieved with stretching exercises.
Natural Remedies for Vulvodynia
Baking soda is a home remedy that is the first component of a treatment regimen for vulvodynia, with a goal of attaining an optimum vaginal pH; baking soda decreases the acidity of the vagina. Coconut oil, a natural cure, is the second part of the treatment regimen, utilizing the healing properties of the coconut. The third element addresses the shortened pelvic muscles and the area around the vagina, using stretching exercises and perineum massage. Cranberry capsules were also helpful. Many women found it essential to avoid wearing tight jeans and thongs; wearing only cotton panties is advisable.
Baking soda douche is a tried-and-true home cure for vulvodynia. The baking soda is a natural remedy that helps restore the vagina pH to an optimal 4-4.5. Vaginal pH tests showed that some women with vulvodynia had a vaginal pH of 3-3.5, which is extremely acid, causing severe itching and burning. Another baking soda natural cure is drinking a mixture of baking soda, organic apple cider vinegar and water to neutralize pH and reduce adidosis.
Coconut oil is an alternative cure that stopped pain in two weeks. The coconut oil was both eaten and inserted into the vagina. Coconut kefir (fermented coconut water) was also used successfully. Coconut is a traditional medicine and known as a ‘functional food’ because of its value both as a food and for healing. Used as an alternative medicine for centuries by people around the world, its healing properties are far greater than those of any other oil. Coconut oil is also useful as a lubricant to help relieve painful intercourse.
Perineum Massage and Pelvic Floor Stretching Exercises
This safe, effective home cure for vulvodynia stretches and lengthens the too-tight pelvic and vaginal muscles, relieving the pain. Be sure to do the stretching and not the tightening exercises. Many women have been helped by information found in the book Heal Pelvic Pain by Amy Stein. Perineum massage has also been a recommended, worthwhile home treatment.
Vulvodynia is a name given to severe pain in the vaginal area. Natural treatments have eliminated the pain that disrupts normal activities and personal relationships. Stretching exercises are a home cure that quickly provided pain relief.
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[YEA] After suffering for 20 years from vulvodynia and going to so many doctors and spending tons of money on both conventional and alternative treatments and going insane from finding absoluely NOTHING to take away the burning pain and rawness until I accidentally found that taking something that another alternative M. D recommended for something totally different (amino acid NAC 600mg. , Vit. C 2,000mg and 3 tablets of spirulina) once a day or even every two days, takes away the pain within hours. So happy about it and want to spread the word to others. Been doing this now for two years and would also suggest that when taking NAC also take a good multi mineral with a meal as NAC is a good chelator of heavy metals like mercury but can also deplete the good minerals like zinc and copper. Hope this helps others as I know this type of pain is so horrible.
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