Tuesday, November 16, 2010

PH and Vaginal Burning

I've mentioned before that I feel like my vagina burns more when I'm dehydrated.  Well, I recently read an article that my PT gave me about PH and here's the very short version of what it said:  When your body is dehydrated, your PH becomes more acidic - drinking water makes your PH more alkaline.  Your vagina prefers to be more alkaline, therefore, drinking water really does help in reducing burning.  I knew it just from personal observation, but it's nice to read that I actually was right and that there's some science to back it up.  So ladies, drink up!  It will make your vagina more alkaline and in turn reduce your burning (hopefully).


PS - It's ironic that I'm writing this post on a day that I forgot my water bottle and I am parched!  I've had to run to the water fountain in between my classes just to get a sip!  Hopefully my vagina won't punish me later.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can I ask how long you've been on the journey of seeking treatment? and if you've attempted intercourse at all during this time? I know that's a very personal question... I'm at the beginning of my journey & I am single so I find it to be very hard. Sometimes I'm okay and then I have days where I want to give up completely. When you visited Dr. G, did he mention pudendal neuralgia? because I've read it can be linked to VV but how do they distinguish the two or rule it out?

the girl with pain "down there" said...

It's been about 3 years since I started PT and after about 9 months of PT I was declared "healed" so I attempted intercourse. I think because my muscles (the pelvic floor dysfunction part of my problem) were pretty well healed, which i what the PT deal with. So sex was bearable for a bit, but it soon became uncomfortable and then painful. So I started going back to PT. Then I found out about Dr G and found out that I have vestibulodynia, which is why the PT part wasn't enough. If my tissues are atrophied, it doesn't matter how well my muscles did in PT. So I kind of had to start over with everything at that point.

As far as pudendal neuralgia, Dr G has not mentioned it for me, but I'm sure that if that's what you have he'll find it out for you. I have read that several women have P.N. and Dr. G would be the one to see to get that diagnosis.

Long response - hope I answered your questions!

Sloan said...

Thanks for the tip! I drank several gulps of water after reading this entry! :)
I know a woman from a support group who says she healed herself by going on an "alkalizing" diet. She had suffered from generalized vulvodynia (constant burning sensation all over the vulva). She never had pain-on-contact like many of us have, but I thought her story was interesting.

the girl with pain "down there" said...

Interesting. I wonder what's involved with this alkaline diet. I've never been too good with diets of any kind. I don't need to lose weight so it's hard for me to think of cutting out foods that I like - because I love food so much! Maybe someday someone will convince me that it will make my vagina better - I guess I would do it if I had that guarantee!

Sloan said...

I feel the same way. I LOVE food. It was hard enough for me to make diet adjustments to help my high blood pressure. She said it involved eating tons of leafy green vegetables, and no alcohol or caffeine. If you do an Amazon search on "alkaline diet" there are some books about it. It's something I keep in the back of my mind.

the girl with pain "down there" said...

Well I do love vegetables and I really don't like alcohol. And the only caffeine I have is one cup of green tea in the morning so I guess I'm at least on the right track!

Husband said...

For Anonymous, PN is one of the causes but you need to make sure the person that diagnoses your PN is also a specialist/gyno. My wife and I have been working on this for 10 years, a couple of years ago we went to one of the top PN specialists in the world, and she was diagnosed with PN. She went through many rounds of nerve block shots (not fun) as well as altered her lifestyle. None of which helped any. We then went to Dr. G, he did his tests and found that her nerve was fine and that is was the atrophy issue mentioned by "the girl" in her post. After having several months of the treatment for atrophy the pain is dropping very rapidly.

So again here I am waiving the Dr. G flag. But this is simply because of the 10 year journey we are on and he is the first doc that has found a way to reduce the pain.

My advice to you is get to a Dr that knows what they are doing. Dr G is one of them, I have heard of one other, but she is hard to get into and I think she is somewhere in NY.

Anonymous said...

do you have the name of the dr in ny or can I have dr Gs contact please.