12:18 am - 02/27/2011

Itchy/Swollen/Dry Vagina

I am very uncomfortable right now =(

This past year I've had my first UTI and bacterial infections ever. They took a few months each to get diagnosed and treated because I had no idea what was going on. Here are some facts for this bout of... Whatever it is.

1. My inner labia and vaginal area are swollen, itchy, dry, and sensitive to touch. It feels a lot like rugburn. I want to scratch, but it hurts so much to do so. It's starting to spread to my clitoral/perianal regions. It's not in the interior of the vagina. I've poked it a lot trying to figure this out, and I know that doesn't hurt. There's no smell or discharge at all, my vagina doesn't even seem to be self-lubricating or cleaning, which it is fond of doing.

2. This has been going on for about 4 days that I can recall, it may be longer that I just experienced a small itch. About one and a half weeks before anything started I had sex with my boyfriend, so I don't think it's sexual activity that started anything, and I can't think of anything that would cause it. My birth control active pills end after tomorrow, my period should start three days after that. I've never had this issue ongoing before, though I have had similar itchy-vagina episodes in the past, they're gone in a few hours.

3. I avoid washing my vagina directly and don't use fragranced soaps to do it. I also wear cotton undies and pants rather than tight jeans. I eat a balanced diet and try to avoid processed foods because they upset my stomach. I also just got into a hot bath and it went away almost instantaneously, which is a bit alarming.

What could this be? I just want my good vagina back =( It used to behave so nicely, and now it's acting up all the time.
lenny_maybe 27th-Feb-2011 05:48 am (UTC)
it sounds to me like an external yeast infection. itching and dryness are two symptoms, and the swelling/sensitivity you have described can be a result of the irritation caused by the infections.

if it's accessible to you and you're comfortable with it, it may be a good idea to visit a doctor to get a formal diagnosis (vp doesn't have a medical degree), especially if you haven't had one before. that being said, if a doctor isn't easily accessible, there are a few at-home remedies you can try that *shouldn't* cause you harm.

it's also probably a good idea to abstain from sex (with your boyfriend or yourself) until you get the infection under control. while yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of naturally occurring yeast, they can be passed between sexual partners, and the friction involved with sex can tear your already dry skin.

the vulvapedia (there's a link to it on the vp group page) has a very comprehensive entry on yeast infections. reading that will probably be helpful to you.
themagpye 28th-Feb-2011 03:32 am (UTC)
=) Thanks for your help, I'll head to the vulvapedia. Luckily my boyfriend is a champ (And we have terribly out-of-sync sex drives) so sex is a non-issue.
ponta1anime 27th-Feb-2011 06:19 am (UTC)
I second that it could be a yeast infection- if you were on antibiotics to clear up the other infections, those can often times cause a yeast infection afterward (fun, right?)
themagpye 28th-Feb-2011 03:29 am (UTC)
It's been ages since I last took antibiotics... In December, actually. They made me so sick I had to take off work for a week, but I felt a WHOLE LOT better after, since it was a bacterial vaginosis cure and oh god was that terrible D=
fluidmotion_ 27th-Feb-2011 07:11 pm (UTC)

It sounds EXACTLY like my last YI! I was on anti-biotics, and it came about a week or so after my last sexual encounter. Same deal, slowly got itchier and itchier until it was painful and awful. I also eat crazy healthy (including unflavoured organic yogurt for breakfast every day!) and only wear cotton undies. YI's will still creep up, sometimes.

Yogurt will make the itch feel a thousand times better, and I also liked the garlic at home treatment.

Good luck! But get it checked out before it gets more painful :S
themagpye 28th-Feb-2011 03:31 am (UTC)
Luckily it seems a bit better today, and I already have a doctor's appointment for Friday, and I live near a clinic in case it gets bad again. Oh, and I'm in Canada and have student insurance for medications, so no fees =)

I thought yeast infections had discharge?
archangelbeth 28th-Feb-2011 11:21 am (UTC)
Not all yeasties have discharge! Mostly-external ones, in particular, are likely to just dry people out entirely.

Yogurt, without any flavorings or added sugars in the ingredients list, can be soothing to a yeastie, and the probiotics in yogurt will tend to make the area inhospitable to yeast, if you want to try things before the doctor's appointment.

Good luck!
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