2:30 pm - 01/04/2012

Cut on Clitoral Hood

I've just recently (as in yesterday) noticed a stinging sensation near my clitoral hood that I think may be a cut. It's not anywhere near my vaginal opening. I only notice it when my clothing rubs against it, or when I'm bathing. There aren't any lumps or bumps or sores anywhere, and it the sensation feels rather like a paper cut feels. What might this be? I've posted recently about my anxiety disorder and panic attacks and trying to get up the courage to go get a pap smear, so when I do that, I'll ask about it, but I just wanted some reassurance in the meantime. I've never had anything like this before and I've only just noticed it, and I'm not sexually active, although I have been 5 years ago.

As for the pap situation, I have been trying some techniques to get my courage up, like talking to friends about their experiences, reading a lot about the procedure, and trying to reassure myself. Mid-Feburary is my goal. Thanks in advance to anyone who replies.
bemkah 4th-Jan-2012 04:36 am (UTC)
Ok, thank you so much for your prompt response. I think with my anxiety, I really do freak out over the smallest of things - my health is pretty much my main trigger.

That does actually sound plausible. Thank you for reassuring me.

dkwgdk 4th-Jan-2012 05:21 am (UTC)
I get this, too. I sometimes find that a tiny blob of lube (in my case Liquid Silk works great) on the chafed spot helps a bunch!
silvers_shadows 4th-Jan-2012 04:37 am (UTC)
I have been known to scratch myself in my sleep, and that has caused little cuts before, nothing serious at all, so that's another possibility.
ruthlessangel 4th-Jan-2012 07:32 am (UTC)
It sounds like just a little scratch which I've had before too for the same reason as the first person who commented. They happen sometimes, more so for me when I get near my period and everything is a bit tender.

As far as the pap smear! I just had my very first (I'm 22 and had never ever had one before) and to be honest I was very intimidated by it at first but the doctor who did it and the nurse who got all my info before were wonderful.

The doctor asked if I'd ever done one before and walked me through the process. I don't know if it's standard practice (I went to PP for mine) but I got a sort of breast exam before too so I was all bedecked in those doctors office paper clothes (a vest and then a blanket thing over my lap). She led me through what she doing step by step, touched my inner thigh to let me know she was under the blanket and going to start the exam.

The stirrups weren't uncomfortable for me (I'd often heard from people that legs in stirrups isn't the most fun position so I was a little nervous about that initially) but I guess that differs from person to person. It's an interesting sort of experience but by no means as scary or uncomfortable as I was expecting. I hope that helps a little as far as getting other people's experiences!
archangelbeth 4th-Jan-2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
(Breast exam is pretty common, yup!)
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