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hi there. so sorry if this has been discussed, couldn't find anything about it in the tags.

for the last few years i've sometimes felt pinched by the crotch-seam of pants and underwear, not frequently enough that i even thought much of it. i assumed i'm just sensitive.

a few months ago my boyfriend lent me a pair of his boxer-briefs. i wore them for a full 24 hrs and slept in them and in the morning engaged in a bit of rubbing but immediately stopped when i realized the crotch seam was hurting me quite a bit.

the pain wore off very soon after and i forgot but then days later realized i'm having very severe pain at any fabric or object that brushes my clitoris/hood. i was having lots of intense smegma buildup that i had to blast out with the showerhead and it seemed much harder than usual to lift my hood. the clitoris itself started to turn white and i couldn't tell if it was the skin itself or if it was dead skin, but it didn't wash or wipe off. since this all started occasionally i've been having pain in my urethra as well, strong bacterial smells, and i also had my first yeast infection ever (which i treated). the clitoris pain got worse and worse and i stopped being able to wear underwear and it's become quite difficult to sit for long periods like i need to for school. i'm pretty sure what i'm experiencing is clitoral adhesions (i had felt them tear at times which was extremely painful but at the time i didnt know i should try to prevent them from re-adhering) but also ongoing pain on the surface of the clit where i feel like the friction burn should have healed up months ago, but it looks like a tear is still visible on my clit.

i've consulted w two different gynos, one gave me a cortisone cream that made the pain so much worse and the other gave me an estrogen cream that may have been what made the clit skin go back to pink , but the discomfort hasnt stopped. i've also tried using aquaphor constantly and adding boric acid to my baths. the drs so far seem to think i probably dont have lichen sclerosus becausse i am so young, but they probably are just observing me before making that diagnosis. otherwise i cant account for this weird chain reaction of worse and worse sensations. from what i can see, some people do get a hoodectomy for chronic clitoral adhesions, tho others seem to resolve it from physical manipulation over many months.
4:49 pm - 01/22/2017

just starting YAZ


I've started taking my first form of birth control around two weeks ago (YAZ). My boobs have gotten bigger and my left in particular has visible veins showing (not like a road map but you can see veins..)
I am just wondering if this is normal when starting birth control for the first time & has anyone else experienced this?
Wednesday morning I had an endometrial biopsy done. I was told there would be some spotting and it seemed to be a little heavier than I expected, but nothing too bad. No one had told me how long the spotting would last so I didn't know if it was normal that I still had it yesterday. It popped into my head that pretty soon my period would start.It's very heavy that's why I was getting the biopsy. So then I started worrying how would I know if the bleeding was from biopsy or my period?

So I called the office and asked them was it normal for me to still be spotting and they said yes it could be a few days but if it got worse to call them.I then mentioned my worries about my period.

The nurse didn't seem to get what I was saying she just said oh you you'll be fine unless it gets too heavy. I asked her if it was getting lighter would that mean I was out of the woods. She said no it could get worse and I'd have to call them. So I didn't feel much better or too reassured after that phone call.

The rest of the day the spotting became lighter until it look liked it was completely over. Which relieved me somewhat But today there I'm having some light spotting again

I've had so many health problems in the past 2 years that at this point I expect the worst. All the time. As a result my anxiety which was always high gotten even worse as well as my depression

I guess I just need someone here to be the voice of reason because I can make myself anxious over anything. I can't stop thinking what if there's something bad happening to me it's the weekend my doctor isn't in her office. What if I have to go to the hospital? ecetera.

I take Lysteda it's for heavy periods but the internet tells me it can be used for other kinds of bleeding for example after an operation. I'm trying to tell myself that even if it's not my period this drug will take care of it.

Now that I've written this it seems to me that I'm worrying for nothing but I've gotten to the point that I don't know what is a legitimate worry anymore. Thanks for reading so far and your help!
7:29 pm - 01/16/2017

Off-topic, but...

Could some mod please delete the cartoon spam? There are all sorts of appropriate venues to post the likes of Moana trailers, but this isn't one of them.
9:12 pm - 01/16/2017

Yeast infection

So I recently discovered I developed a yeast infection so I bought the canastene procdut with the cream and the pessary. I did as it told me to and inserted the pessary. About 20 minutes later I went to the toilet and whipped and it seemed that the outside part of the pessary had come out but seemed to have half dissolved, does this mean it won't work or should it be okay ?
My husband really likes it when we sleep in the nude I do not. When I wear underwear I feel comfortable. However when I don't wear underwear to bed I get moist and sticky down there. It actually wakes me up because the moisture gets all over the place and makes me itchy. Why does it only do this when I don't wear underwear to bed? Does anyone else suffer from this?
11:42 am - 01/05/2017

Pap Smear Confusion

Hi VPers!

Since 2015, I have had some weird results regarding my pap smears and have been having weird symptoms as well. I am outlining my results and symptoms if anyone has had similar experiences. I am so lost!

Note: I am 24 years old, no history of STDs, guardasil shots (at young age), BC for almost 10 years, and I have been in the same monogamous relationship since May 2015.

- March 2015: recurrent yeast infections, BV, ASC-US pap, normal pelvic & trans-vaginal ultrasound

- June 2015: no more YI or BV (and haven't had it since) - had no slept with my current BF as of yet

- November 2015: normal pap

- May 2016: vaginal bleeding with bowel movements (100% vaginal), went to see a gyno ........Normal PAP and NEGATIVE HPV
* bleeding with bowel movements at least once a month or once every few months

- November 2016: blood work done with the following results

High: anti-TPO & anti- TG (gyno suspects food sensitivities to why my thyroid is being suppressed - or hypothyroidism, but the other symptoms do not apply to me), also HIGH in cortisol (622 nmol/L), stress related? I was in the middle of midterms

Low: FSH (0.7 IU/L), LH (0.2 IU/L), progesterone and bioavailable testosterone.

- December 2016: bleeding with bowel movement 2x, ASC-US pap, waiting results for the pelvic ultrasound

So my concern is, why are my pap smears jumping from ASC-US to normal? Also, could I have HPV but still test negative, like I did in May? I am going to get off birth control to see if maybe hormonal changes have something to do with all of this. Any advice would be appreciated.
So I'm on the pill, which gave me incredibly regular withdrawal bleeds - as in I take my last pill on a Friday morning and get it Monday afternoon afterwards. Except this month, I got it on the Monday morning of my last five days on the pill - i.e. a week early, while I'm still taking pills. A week later, it's still here, although it's coming and going (as in it'll be really light, like the last day tends to be, more discharge with old blood than actual bleeding, until suddenly it's more like fresh blood; still fairly light though) and it's normally only 4-5 days long.

It turned up in the middle of sex, so I initially thought it might just have been too rough/hitting my cervix a lot (my (cis) bf is... sizeable and it's not always perfectly comfortable). We don't use condoms regularly (only if he wants to finish in me, I know pulling out is't a 100% method but I'm on the pill, so) but we were both each other's firsts and are/always have been monogamous, so I'm reasonably certain it can't be any kind of STI causing it. GP appointments are 2-3 week waits where I live and also have been closed a lot of the time for new year's/christmas so going to see them hasn't been practical.

The only thing I can think is that I'm on a new brand of pills, but this is three months into taking it and I've had no issues before. I'm sick of being on my period (bf and I are long distance but he's been home for Christmas and I really just want to have sex with him) and anxious in general. The 'fresh' bleeding seems to coincide a bit with when I'm turned on, e.g. if we've been fooling around a bit - no penetration though so again I don't think it's an infection.

Do any of you have recommendations for safe things to use in the bath that will not cause UTIs? I am extremely prone to UTIs, I've had so many I can't even count them all. Luckily I haven't had one in a while because I am extremely careful now and stick to a pretty rigid routine to keep them at bay, but I really miss using bath products. A few months ago I had my first UTI in two years, and it came from using a bath bomb from Lush. I thought that Lush products would be safe to use because they're supposed to be natural and gentle, but evidently not. I'm just wondering if there's anything I could use at all? Something natural like milk or oatmeal just to soften the water? Or would flower petals be okay? I would have thought they'd be fine because they just float and don't actually change the water, but at this point I can't be sure so I'm afraid to even try. Any ideas?
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