5:02 pm - 07/03/2011

sore freckle/mole around vagina

Hi VPers,

I have a freckle or mole kind of in the crease where the labia majora meets the inside of the leg. I've had it for a few years at least (not sure where it came from or if it developed over time or has always been there, but I noticed it years ago), and usually it's fine, just an odd little freckle on my vagina. Lately however it's been a bit raised and sore. I also feel like I've had thrush for about two weeks, which I was taking acidophlus (spelling?) capsules for and that pretty much got rid of it, until I had some straight sex (I actually contracted thrush because I fooled around with a girl who had it, although we both stayed away from her vagina, so I'm not really sure how I got it, but it seemed that I got it straight after that), and since then, about four days ago, I've felt like I've had a mild case of thrush. Also worth noting is that my fourchette (had to look that one up here) seems to be irritated and sometimes itchy lately. 

So basically, I will be going to the doctors when I make an appointment tomorrow morning (it's currently Sunday) and hopefully I can get in soon (there are no free clinics in my town, and there is a sexual health clinic, but I'd rather see my actual doctor). I'm fairly confident it can't be an STI because my boyfriend and I have been sleeping together for two years, and the girl I fooled around with was STI-free (and I'd trust her to tell me if she wasn't, but she's only been with one other person in the last few months, who was a virgin). I've also never had an STI, the worst of my vagina related issues has been recurrent thrush and a few UTIs. Just thought I'd post my problems to see if anyone had any insight, so thanks in advance!
archangelbeth 3rd-Jul-2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
It's probably external yeast -- aka thrush -- that's being hard to shift.

Could you please change "clean," in your post, to "STI-free"? Hardly any infections care about personal hygiene (bacterial vaginosis might, but it's not technically a STI), and using that term both makes it seem like someone with a STI is "dirty," and like someone could tell there was a STI present just by looking -- and neither one is true at all. (And I've seen some posts where people hadn't told their partners about a STI, or wouldn't get tested, because of the "only dirty, bad people get STDs" stigma -- in VP, we really hate to see stigma about something that's just a dadgum bacteria or virus.)
lacephotograph 3rd-Jul-2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Wording changed :)

I didn't mean anything by it, I just typed the entry up in a bit of a rush, sorry!

I'm sure it is just thrush, but I was a bit worried cause my little freckle has never been sore before!
archangelbeth 4th-Jul-2011 04:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for the change! We know it's a common phrase -- but it's one that makes it harder for people to deal with those annoying bacteria and viruses. O:>

Crossing fingers that the doctor will be reassuring for ya! (I mean, I bet that reassurance is in the cards, since irritated skin gets irritated whether or not it's got a freckle, but a little finger-crossing won't hurt. *grin*)
10acgirl 3rd-Jul-2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
I can't help but I'd suggest changing your wording from being "clean" to being STI free. People who have STI's are not "dirty".
Hope someone can help you :)
lacephotograph 3rd-Jul-2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Wording changed, and yes I know, I didn't mean anything by it apart from that I typed in a rush. :)
knittinggoddess 3rd-Jul-2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
If your mole is in the crease of your leg, could your underwear elastic be irritating it? My inconveniently-located moles get red and angry when clothing rubs them for too long.
knittinggoddess 3rd-Jul-2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
I mean, in addition to the thrush, your mole could be especially irritated by underwear. The thrush sounds pretty obvious.
Word to the wise: you don't have to contract thrush from anyone. Diet, stress, antibiotics and unlubricated sex can all trigger yeast overgrowth.
lacephotograph 3rd-Jul-2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
I know, I get thrush pretty regularly at times, and it seems that if I even just go near someone else who has it, my vagina just goes out in sympathy. I just say I got it cause she had it cause I can't find any other explanation and it was straight after fooling around with her, although occasionally I do just get it for no reason.

I don't think it's my underwear cause I haven't bought any new/different pairs to wear. Along this train of thought though, it could be irritated due to my itching, which isn't intentional, but if you'd had thrush you know it can be pretty awful! Thanks for the suggestion though :)
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