11:32 am - 04/11/2007

vaginal itching

for the past couple of days, i've had an increasingly-worse vaginal itch. i've had mild itching a handful of times in the past, but it's never been unbearable and it has always gone away on its own within a day or so.

this time, it doesn't seem to be clearing up, and it's just getting worse. it started monday night. i was checking my cervix, and was fully able to feel it for the first time (something cool in its own right). i was on the tail-end of my period, so i had a bit of brownish matter coming out, which is not unusual. but i noticed that it looked different. it's kind of hard to decribe, but it's like there were flaky things in it. this is going to sound gross, but you know how when you eat corn and then later on when you poop, you have little flaky corn husk things in it? well, it sort of looked like regular end-of-period sludge, but with things that looked like that. i've never experienced that before, so it seemed a little weird. i thought nothing of it, but then a few hours later, i started to noticed a slight itch inside my vagina. i figured it would go away on its own, but it hasn't, and now it's near unbearable.

to clarify, it's inside my vagina. it's not on my vulva or labia: it's right inside, and on my vaginal opening. it feels really good to scratch, but i know that's just going to make it worse. yesterday, i noticed that if i didn't scratch at all, it wasn't too bad; it was only really maddening when i scratched, which would cause the itch to intensify. today it's just itching non-stop, and there's a slight burning sensation. my period is completely gone now, and there's no blood or any more of that weird stuff i described before. in fact, there's no discharge of any kind, and there's no weird smell, either.

there are two things that stick out in my mind, as to why this is happening: my period started last thursday, and i began using my diva cup for the first time. i used it throughout my entire period. i washed the diva cup once or twice daily with the diva wash, and i made sure to rinse it thoroughly each time.

so i'm wondering if perhaps this was brought on by the use of my diva cup, or perhaps the diva wash. any advice? i don't have a gyno or gp right now, so i would like to treat this on my own and deal with it asap. last night i tried a cold compress, which provided some temporary relief. would sticking garlic or yogurt up my hoo-ha help for this? i'm being driven insane by this itch, please help!
mizzpyx 11th-Apr-2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
I know it's the kind of thing people always say, but it could be a yeastie? They can occur internally or externally, are often accompanied by a.. bitty, clumpy kind of discharge, and itch like as if you've an entire swarm of biting insects setting up house in your pants. They can also be caused by hormonal changes- like the ones you get around your period.

Natural yogurt could help, as could sitting yourself into a bath (or failing that, a bucket!) filled with really salty water. If that helps, you have a yeastie!
sin_aesthetic 11th-Apr-2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's what i was thinking.
Try those things, and wait with it for a few days, if it doesn't go away without constantly doing those things and your undies smell like beer then a YI is what you've got.
wronske 11th-Apr-2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
yeah, that's what i immediately wondered when the itching became more than just a slight sensation. but there's no discharge or smell whatsoever. i'm wondering if the diva wash or cup might have somehow changed the ph of my vag, even though i rinsed the cup really well after washing it.
sin_aesthetic 11th-Apr-2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
yeah, I usually have no discharge from a YI either.
If you're comfortable, try sticking your fingers up there and if you come out with a bunch of globby stuff then it is. If your discharge is normal as usual it might just be irritation.
But this is all just speculation on my part.
etherealfire 11th-Apr-2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
as if you've an entire swarm of biting insects setting up house in your pants.

This amused me ^^
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wronske 11th-Apr-2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
ha, yeah. i was thinking of stopping on my way home from work to get yogurt, but i definitely wasn't going to get strawberry or something.
roseofjuly 11th-Apr-2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
You know, the first time my biology of women teacher suggested sticking yogurt up your vag for a yeast infection, I recoiled and thought "Ew, that's gotta be a bad idea." I never knew there was unsweetened/plain yogurt -- I hated yogurt when I was a child and the kind my mom bought for my siblings was always like Dannon or Breyer's fruit yogurt.

Can you get plain/unsweetened yogurt from a regular supermarket, or should I (in case of future need) seek out a health food store?
ainadal 11th-Apr-2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
yep, you can get it from a regular store! :)
sexytapdancer16 11th-Apr-2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
i have never heard of that before. If anyone knows, how exactly would yogurt help a YI?
hkitsune 11th-Apr-2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
It puts your vagina back in balance because yogurt can contain live acidophilus bacteria and yeast infections tend to arise when too much yeast has grown and not enough bacteria are growing in your vagina to counteract their chemical byproducts.
brooklebee 11th-Apr-2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
you should only use plain, unsweetend yogurt that says "Contains Live/Active Cultures" on the tub somewhere. The live bacteria are part of your natural bacterial flora, and they compete with the yeast for the same nutrients. Yogurt can also help with intestinal issues for the same reason.

I like to think of it as sending tiny white foot soldiers in to fight the evil yeastie beasties (although yeast are actually naturally present too--YIs are just overgrowth).
brooklebee 11th-Apr-2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
whoops! my description of the imagery has more of an imperialistic/racist tone than I intended -- the "white" is just 'cause yogurt is white. I should learn to think more before I type.
wronske 11th-Apr-2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
haha, when i read that i just thought "white", as in "white like yogurt".
tyrsalvia 11th-Apr-2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
This is so fabulously hilarious! You rock!

May I repost this in my LJ as one of the awesome moments in being a mod here?
brooklebee 12th-Apr-2007 03:56 am (UTC)
of course you can! :)
jennifer0246 11th-Apr-2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
http://www.vaginapagina.com/index.php?title=Yeast_Infection has more than you ever wanted to know about yeast and its various treatments :)
roseofjuly 12th-Apr-2007 02:59 am (UTC)
Publix! Okay, thank you :D
wronske 11th-Apr-2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
okay, i'm fairly certain at this point that's a stupid YI. i did the finger check, and there's gloopy white stuff that shouldn't be there.

jesus effing christ on a popsicle, just a while ago i was saying on here how i've never had a YI or any other weird problem with my vag. i guess i didn't knock on wood. gaaahh!!

i'm leaving work early and going to the grocery store right now. thanks for the advice, ladies! i always thought one's vag would just leak nasty stuff in the case of a YI, and since my underoos are clean and dry, i was like "nah, it's not a yeast infection. i don't get those." famous last words, huh?
mizzpyx 12th-Apr-2007 08:58 am (UTC)
Nah, YIs are sneaky little buggers. They creep up on you when you least expect it!
Oh, and if the yogurt doesn't work, there's all sorts of other things you can put up yer vag to sort it out. Check out the memories here- everything from garlic to salt to vinegar to tea tree oil and probably more! As nasty infections go, it's rather amenable to being destroyed by the contents of the average kitchen ;)
jennifer0246 11th-Apr-2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
for the future, i never wash my diva during my period, except a water rinse while i'm in the shower (and de-gunking the holes, but thats only with water as well). i hear of FAR too many women who end up with YIs despite much rinsing effort after washing their cups during their cycles.
wronske 12th-Apr-2007 12:24 am (UTC)
huh. that would totally make sense, and that's precisely what i suspect happened in my case. as i said, i've never had a YI before, and it seems all too suspicious that i now get one all of a sudden after having shoved a cuppy-thing washed in soap up my vag for 4 days. next time i'm using water, and that's it.
asunlitrose 12th-Apr-2007 04:34 am (UTC)
I don't use soap in my Mooncup UK at all, just rinse during my cycle and boil or hydrogen peroxide at the very beginning or end. I'm predisposed to getting YIs, and the thought of not being able to get all the soap off scares me, especially antibacterial.
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