5:46 pm - 01/06/2009

swollen vulva

OK, short story: the left outer lip of my vulva is quite swollen and tender, to the point that it is noticeably uncomfortable to walk and sit. I am trying to figure out what this is and what to do about it. I do have a Dr's appointment on Monday to check it out if there is no improvement. In checking it out with a mirror it look puffy and maybe a bit redder than usual, but that whole area is pink/red so I'm not sure if it's actually out of the normal color range. It doesn't look irritated or raw or anything like that - just swollen. This morning and just now there was some white discharge around my vagina and vulva, mostly on the other side from the swelling. It does not seem to smell and there wasn't any on my underwear. Since I don't regularly check this may also be normal, and it really didn't look much different that the little white blobs that are on my nuvaring when I change it. I have had a yeast infection before and it was nothing like this. The yeast infection was horrible rawness and itching and this doesn't seem to share any of those symptoms. I've never to my knowledge had a Bacterial infection so I wonder if this could be BV but no symptoms I looked up listed swelling, they all mentioned itching and a fishy smell - neither of which I seem to have.

History: Saturday night I saw my boyfriend for the first time in two weeks. We went at it like bunnies. Had one long bought of intercourse (maybe almost an hour?). When we put the condom on (I'm on the nuvaring and we just put a condom on before he finishes inside me) and reinserted there was some stinging but I figured I was just a little raw/sore and the lube was stinging. a couple hours later we went at it again. Much shorter session but when he put the condom on it hurt A LOT. I was really aroused and he seemed close so we finished with the condom on and went to sleep. When I peed that night it stung a little but didn't think it that odd after the long and rough sex. That morning we started going at it again, I was a bit sore and so didn't want to do the condom thing again so he didn't finish inside of me. That afternoon went at it again, pretty rough despite the soreness but once again didn't want to deal with a condom/possible stinging and had him finish outside of my vagina. Sunday afternoon I was sore but chalked it up to too much sex it too short a time period and didn't really worry about it. Monday at work I was still really sore and so I went to the bathroom and felt the swollen lump and was like "oh dear!". Investigated later with the mirror, noted the swelling, don't remember noticing any discharge and basically just had a very very uncomfortable night. Went to sleep with a cool washcloth tucked up against my vulva. Now it's Tuesday and I'm still sore still swollen (maybe it's gone down slightly, but I'm really not sure). I put a cool washcloth on it at lunch but it didn't seem to help much. My internet at home is broken so I'm staying late at work at the moment to post this (I also dug around the tags and the vulvapedia but couldn't seem to find anything quite right, my apologies if I missed something) I'll try to swing by a place I can check my e'mail tonight to see if any of you have any suggestions.

Could this just be a yeast or bacterial infection with really different symptoms? Would it be worth it to try an over the counter treatment or should I just wait till the doc can check me out? I should be getting my period Thur night so maybe if this is a PH/yeast something it will sort itself out? Not sure if the Divacup is going to work this month - boo! Has anyone had soreness from sex present this way or for this long? I've been sore afterwords before but never this much and never noticed swelling before. My friend suggested a warm/hot compress instead but that just seems like it could encourage more swelling and so I'm a bit hesitant to try it. Could a latex allergy present itself this way? We've been using the same basic Trojan lubed condoms (bought in bulk at cosco) for almost a year and I've never had a reaction like this before, but for the past couple months I've kinda been ignoring some stinging with the condom but it never seemed to last long at all. I would just love any suggestions as to what I should be watching for, doing, or asking the doc. Or any similar stories and how everything worked itself out.

I wasn't sure which tags to put this under, so I'm sorry if I should have done that. Thank you!

edit: 1-7-08
After some more poking around the internet I'm wondering if I have a cyst of some sort, a Bartholin's gland cyst was mentioned specifically on one site. Has anyone every had this? How did it show itself? Did it go away on its own or did you have it treated by a doctor?
omgahitskasey 7th-Jan-2009 01:43 am (UTC)
it may be a reaction to the lube on the condom. If I were you I'd try some exterior vulva cream. I had a problem like this once before, and used a monistat kit and it went away. Mine was a yeast infection though, because I remember it itching.

If not, you can wait out until your period and see if it helps, or if it happens again when you resume having sex. Good luck, I know how frustrating it can be to deal with stuff like that.
womdigo 7th-Jan-2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
I tried some of the cream from a monostat kit last night but it didn't seem to do much. There didn't seem to be any discharge this morning but if anything it's more swollen and uncomfortable. Sigh. Thanks for the suggestions :)
wiredferret 7th-Jan-2009 01:53 am (UTC)
You might be allergic/sensitive to latex or the lube on the condom or just the lube. Go see the doc, and then buy a different brand of condom -- there are several good non-latex brands out there now.

My partner and I have had to figure this out over time -- he's allergic to latex, I am heinously sensitive to lubes with glycerine in 'em.
womdigo 7th-Jan-2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
I know it's silly but damn, it was so nice to finally find cheap condoms to use. I was hoping the doctor would be able to do some sort of test to see if I was sensitive to latex? On one hand I don't want to be spending a ton on condoms if it's not the actual problem. On the other hand we're going on three days of pretty significant discomfort and I'm pretty gunshy to just go at it again when I feel better and see if the reaction is the same. What is your reaction to lubes that contain glycerine if you don't mind me asking? I just feel like I have no idea what's going on down there and despite numerous talks with my cooter that I don't have time for this she has so far shown no signs of self healing. sigh. Thank you for your suggestions. :)
archangelbeth 7th-Jan-2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
You might need to go to an allergist to see if you have a latex allergy... (Or get tested for an assortment of stuff, for that matter, if you're going to be there anyway.)

Good luck!
womdigo 7th-Jan-2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Hopefully I can get into the doctor's office while the symptoms are still there (the appointment's monday and they're suppose to call me if something opens up) so maybe she can see if it looks like a possible allergic reaction and suggest what steps to take next. thanks!
wiredferret 7th-Jan-2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
The doctor can recommend you to an allergist, who can do an allergy test on you for latex. But the latex may not be the only thing you are reacting to. I don't know if an allergist could test the lube on the condom. Also, a true allergy and a sensitivity don't always show up the same way.

Lubes that have glycerine/glycol give me instant, horrible, searing bladder infections. All that sugar just gives the nasty bacteria something to eat. I am now strictly a silicone girl, and I also take prophylactic antibiotics when I have sex.

See what the doctor says, then buy a 3-pack of non-latex condoms. They are expensive, but I figure that a buck-fifty for hot sex is not too high a price to pay.
womdigo 7th-Jan-2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
I know when I bought lube I made sure it was glycol/glycerine free, but for some reason I don't think I ever checked the condoms. Hasn't been a problem so far but obviously something's not right now. And you're right, I guess a buck fifty isn't that much to splurge on some sexin'

:) thank you for sharing
chamedragon 7th-Jan-2009 05:22 am (UTC)
I had something similar a while ago, it turned out to be a cyst, which disappeared after about 2 weeks, but until it did it was horribly uncomfortable and worrisome. I can't remember how much sex I'd been having at the time, though.
womdigo 7th-Jan-2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
How did you find out it was a cyst? Doctors appointment? The swelling now goes along the entire left side of my vulva and partially up into my lower vagina. When I poke around there is a hardness to the inside of the swelling. I feel like I somehow slammed my cooter in a door if that makes any sense. I put an icepack on it last night and that felt nice but didn't seem to really make any real difference. The hot shower last night definitely didn't help with comfort at all. I just wish I knew what was going on, and therefore had some idea what to do about it. Thank you for sharing your experience. :)
pindy2 16th-Jan-2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
my vulva its like super size... it doesnt hurt that much but i dont know whats goin on w it???? i had sex today and right after we finished i noticed that my va ja ja felt weird, i feel like i have balls hanging down there, its horrible!, what should i do!!! need help please!!! i dont have insurance so i cant really afford to go to the doctor right now, its so embarrassing.... this might sound weird and gross but i had a piece of candy in my mouth when we had sex, we had oral sex too
whats wrong w my body!!?
womdigo I hate it when my vulva tries to sprout testicals16th-Jan-2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Well I definitely can't tell you what is wrong, but I can give you some things to try. If it's just swollen and the skin doesn't look irritated you might have a cyst/abscess like I did (I did tell my boyfriend I was trying to sprout a testicle). Mine had progressed to an abscess and was very painful but I've heard that sometimes the cysts don't really hurt at all. For this the best thing I heard to do was so to do sitz baths - fill the tub (or something else you can sit in that will hold water) with water that's quite warm/hot (don't burn yourself down there!) or put warm/hot compresses on the area. do this 2-4 times a day. This will encourage drainage and healing but may temporarily increase some swelling I think. My doctor said doing it with some Epsom salts dissolved in the water was the best.
If you're swollen and the skin looks irritated and is itchy - well that's what it was like for me when I had a yeast infection. There are lots of over the counter yeast treatments and lots of treatment suggestions in this community.
You could also look in your area to see if they have a low coast clinic, or a nurses hotline so you can ask an actual professional their opinion.
If you haven't already, posting to Vaginapagina can allow you to hear about a lot of other people's experiences to compare them to your own.

Good luck! I know how stressful it is to have something going wrong with the girly bits.

pindy2 feeling better17th-Jan-2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
apparently things down there look good, its like everything went back to normal, i still dont know what could had happened... maybe it was well lubricated... but this never happened to me before... i got really scared...
i start taking this pills for yeast infection, and thank god i had some of that metronidazole vaginal gel left so i used one those doses before i went to bed... im feeling a lot better, but im afraid that this is gonna happen to me again
angelhivoina i know what you should do. TRUST ME! i have the same thing2nd-Apr-2009 03:04 am (UTC)
I’m having the same problem.... what it is, is either he had dirty hands or you are allergic to the latex. I doubt its the latex cause you probably used one before and didn’t get a reaction so it is most likely something was dirty and wasn’t clean, it got into your vagina now you have bacteria clogging your vulva.. what I did to make the swelling go down was get Neosporin(keep it very lubricated to reduce burning), than rub ice on and around it(reduce the swelling)than when the pain goes down take something hard like it could be your finger that’s what I used. And push down on the swelling part it will push the bacteria down out of the vulva and out the vagina just keep using that method and you will be better by 3 days.

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