12:18 pm - 06/18/2012

sore vagina after sex

Hi, so I had sex on Friday- we didn't use protection or lube. The next day I noticed my vagina, mostly around the opening and on the inner part of my inner labia was really sore and almost swollen seeming. It hurts even more today and I'm wondering what the cause could be. There is no discharge or weird smell but I did notice a bit of blood in my underwear. Should I get some monistat or is it likely just an injury from him being too big for me? Should I be concerned about an STI? Would it show up that quickly with those symptoms? Thanks for your help!
misspaigeb 18th-Jun-2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
I would guess it's just chafing from not using lube. Also sometimes if I dive right into PIV that can make things more painful after the fact. I would suggest using lube next time and see if that helps! If not, it could be a very mild yeast infection. I got really sore after sex when I had one (no other symptoms besides the pain.)
fallconsmate 18th-Jun-2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
it sounds like bruising from inadequate lubrication (this goes away on its own, or use a vaginal-area friendly moisturizer on it for comfort) plus a little bit of "ow, he's on the bigger side!" with the small amount of blood.

you should *always* be concerned about what the other person's sexual health is, with the exception of two people who are having sex for their first time ever. condoms are an EXCELLENT idea even if you are positive about your fertility status. (using hormonal birth control, knowing your ovulation status, having your tubes tied, whatever, unless the two of you are fluid bonded and not worried about conception, its a good idea.) :)
archangelbeth 18th-Jun-2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
Even first-time-ever sex has potential risk, if someone has cold sores and there is oral sex or fingers that go mouth-to-genitals!

(I'm also betting it's friction-burn from lack of lube, with a side order of possible yeast infection.)
fallconsmate 18th-Jun-2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
hell's bells, that never crossed my mind, thanks, sugarpops!

herpes virus, i've managed to skip getting, despite exposure. (mama and my daughter both get cold sores, i dont.) however, i figure it balances out with me getting chicken pox TWICE (heavy both times) as a child and shingles at age 48, when they're supposed to be a "after 60" kind of thing.
archangelbeth 18th-Jun-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
*nod* I fear that two unicorn-bait teens in a convention stairway... Well, at least I didn't have an outbreak at the time, but there was a non-zero chance I exposed that poor fellow (all unknowing) to cold sores of the genital region. O:(

(And don't count that you haven't been exposed to the HSV strain unless you've had your antibodies tested! You may simply never have had a (recognizable, or any) outbreak. It is also theoretically possible that you might've had such a mild exposure that your immune system managed to kill the virus before it made it to the spine. (Without a way to test the spine for viral particles -- and I don't think they have that -- all they can look for is antibodies.))
fallconsmate 19th-Jun-2012 02:30 am (UTC)
You say this as though I have a healthy immune system! ;)

Mine just doesn't function well, dangit.
archangelbeth (Getting Off Topic. Sorry!)20th-Jun-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Oh, okay, that tips the odds, then... O;D (Though nothing's 100%, blah blah blah, yadda yadda, you've heard it all before...)

...how many communities/other people's LJs are we both subscribed to, again?
fallconsmate Re: (Getting Off Topic. Sorry!)20th-Jun-2012 03:04 am (UTC)
I'm convinced that great minds think alike, is all! ;)
we_like_tea 18th-Jun-2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
DON'T USE MONISTAT. If you use it when you aren't sure if you have a yeast infection, your body develops resistance to the medicine.
sweetchild92 19th-Jun-2012 12:11 am (UTC)
STI exposure is a possibility, but if symptoms do show (and they usually don't), it wouldn't be so soon!
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