8:20 pm - 12/01/2009

vaginal ache during period?

Hi VP!

So I have PCOS and have been receiving treatment for over two years (I received treatment almost immediately after my periods changed) and since I've been on birth control, my periods have been very light and no cramps. On the 2nd day or my "heavy" day, my actual vagina aches. It doesn't hurt, just aches. It's pretty uncomfortable and I was wondering if this was just another type of cramps or just part of the wonderful facts of life? Like I said, I've been receiving treatment with birth control for over 2 years and never had cramps until I was diagnosed.
shyshutterbug 2nd-Dec-2009 02:25 am (UTC)
Vulvovaginal pain during menstruation is a fairly common complaint. During one's heaviest flow days, there's naturally going to be a good deal more pressure in the vaginal vault as tissue makes its way out of the body. This frequently causes discomfort like you're describing. I can't think of a reason it would be connected to your PCOS or treatment thereof. Mine hurts something mad during my period, but I have vestibulodynia as well, which may be a causative factor in and of itself.
jbyrdski 2nd-Dec-2009 02:50 am (UTC)
I used to get that ache along with cramps. When I switched from tampons to a menstrual cup, it went away. What type of menstrual products do you use?
lileprechaun 2nd-Dec-2009 03:24 am (UTC)
I get that ache as well. For me it's feels almost as though both my vagina and vulva are swollen, though it isn't from what I can tell. I also get cervical pain (most likely from it dilating slightly to allow clots/tissue to pass). For what it's worth, I switched to alternative menstrual products (both a cup and cloth pads) several years ago and I still have cramps and the aching you describe.
tehfanglyfish 2nd-Dec-2009 03:41 am (UTC)
I also have a bit of vaginal pain during the first couple of days of my period and my cervix becomes very sore during this time as well. I didn't think about the issue of dilation!

As for menstral products, I don't use any (a decade of hbc made my flow very light), so I know that's not contributing to my aches.
archangelbeth 2nd-Dec-2009 04:05 am (UTC)
I sometimes get that ache in the area. Feels like sore muscle pain. It's never been awful enough to really bug me, and ibuprofen -- which I need for cramps -- knocks it out as well, generally.
kelsietrpt 2nd-Dec-2009 07:23 am (UTC)
Yep. I ache in the few days prior to my period and a couple of days after my period starts. Some months it happens, and some months it doesn't, but it's probably fairly normal. A hot bath always makes me feel better. :)
xk8ie_bobbinzx 2nd-Dec-2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
The way I generally explain the ache I get is by saying 'It feels like my inner lady-parts are migrating south.' It literally feels like i'll need to go chasing an ovary down the street. Yeuck.
hannastar 2nd-Dec-2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
I get this too. I think it's at least partly because I dislike the feeling of blood coming out of me when it's really heavy, so I unconsciously keep my PC muscles tense to clamp my vag shut. After a while the muscles ache. It feels remarkably similar to thigh muscle ache after doing squats, only slightly sharper and concentrated in a much smaller area.
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