Here are all my posts about my journey:
Part One – Vestibulitus – My Struggle
Part Two – The Beginning
Part Three – First Diagnosis
Part Four – The Honeymoon
Part Five – After The Honeymoon
Part Six – First Appointment
Part Seven – The Ultrasound and Results
Part Eight – The Surgery
Part Nine – After The Surgery
Part Ten – Pelvic Floor Therapy
Continuing with UNC’s Obgyn – “Although this problem is not cause by any single factor, it can be aggravated by acid foods in the diet, by low estrogen hormone, and by any infections that happen to occur while it is there.”
Now, I should address these things. I have no idea the type of diet I am on. I think it best that I research acid foods and try to cut those from my diet. After reading a bit on low estrogen hormone levels, I do feel that I have a low estrogen hormone. My research did not yield results from a “reputable site” (ie: a .com and not a .edu or .net) so I am hesitant to share those details. Let’s just say that the symptoms from those sites were a check, check, check for me. Perhaps at my next doctors appointment, I will bring it up. Lastly, I don’t think I had an infection while I have VV, but it is possible. One OBGYN treated me for a yeast infection, but I don’t think I really had one.
UNC – “[I]t seems that many treatments bring about at least some relief in some women… When pelvic muscles have become abnormally tight as a result of the pain, we find pelvic muscle exercises helpful, sometimes assisted by pelvic floor biofeedback done by a physical therapist. Medical measure bring about a sufficient relief in about 8 of 10 women.”
I have finished all 12 weeks of my Pelvic Floor Therapy or PFT sessions. Essentially, I have a vaginal probe that is assigned to me (no sharing!), an anal probe that is covered by a latex glove, and 3 pelvic sensors to monitor my abdominal muscles.
According to Vanderbilt University’s Rehab Center, “[PFT] addresses any disorders involving the pelvic floor muscles… The ‘pelvic floor’ refers to a group of muscles at the lower end of the trunk that support your internal organs… These muscles help support the bladder and rectum, help control the urine and stool, and maintain sexual function.”
So now you know what the “pelvic floor” is, in case you didn’t already. I didn’t know before I researched!
Vanderbilt – “Therapeutic exercise – Kegel exercises are used to strengthen and to relax the pelvic floor muscles. … Electrical stimulation – can be used in cases of severe muscle weakness to encourage a muscle contraction.”
My PFT includes both of these. My “exercise homework” for the week between sessions is to do kegel’s. Those are really hard to do without the machine to stimulate. I probably don’t do them as often as I should, but I get so frustrated with my body for not doing what my brain is trying to tell it to do. It’s exhausting, really! The electrical stimulation is the probes I spoke of earlier. At my sessions I am to relax and let the machine do the work for me. It forces me to constrict around the probe and relax. If the therapy doesn’t work, there is surgery called “vestibuloplasty”. I can’t tell you anything about that though, because I don’t know anything about it.
I am so lucky that the therapy worked for me!
DISCLAIMER: This is for informational purposes only. I am not a health professional (too much schooling!) I am simply sharing my story.