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Got to go? Hurry, hurry... run to the bathroom, better get there quick before a leak. Hurry, hurry... cross the legs while standing in line. Please hurry...finally an open stall. Let ‘er rip. Ahhhh! Wait a minute, still got to go?! Yep, that's what it feels like if you have interstitial cystitis.
That "got to go" feeling never goes away, which can be quite uncomfortable and painful. Normally when the bladder is empty, the bladder is relaxed and comfortable. For others, even when the bladder is empty, there is an urge to urinate. A constant sense of urgency is a very uncomfortable problem. Commonly, a bladder can be irritated by bacteria causing a urinary tract infection. Sometimes the problem is more serious like bladder cancer or a tumor. For others, bladder pain is caused by interstitial cystitis (a.k.a painful bladder syndrome, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic floor myalgia, and chronic pelvic pain). "Interstitial" means within the tissue. "Cystitis" means inflammation...
Some women become afflicted with pelvic pain accompanied by itching, burning, cannot sit without suffering , can't think about sex pain in the vulvar area. The opening of your vagina, or the vulva can become afflicted with vulvodynia spontaneously and though you clearly feel all the symptoms - the physical exam may not be that impressive. So what typically happens? You don't get help - the condition persists and you suffer.
Alot of women don't report it because they will examine themselves - see nothing - and feel actually stupid going to the doctor. So be clear - this condition does exist and you can get help.
Symptoms of vulvodynia include:
Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
The pain can be constant or intermittent and it can last for months, even years. It can also vanish spontaneously. A rule out diagnosis is vulvar vestibulitis which may cause pain when there is pressure app...
I have a pretty rudimentary view of the caveman era. I picture men, clubbing women over the head, bringing them home to provide for them and to pro-create , and deciding their women are beautiful when baby is born. I don't think that checking out their woman's vagina was ever on their list of priorities . But then again, they had bigger monsters to fear.
Cut to my life in the land of the beautiful - Beverly Hills - where beauty is a multi-million dollar industry and doctors are apparently creating vaginas that look like flowers , unmasking women's clitoris' (for supposed "better pleasure"), potentiating the G-spot and re-creating virgin-like hymens (I really don't even know why). Folks, you've got too much time and money on your hands if you are looking down there and trying to create some level of " perceived beauty ." And frankly, if a guy's comment about your region, down under, can send you off with such lowered self esteem that you would seek...
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