10:32 am - 12/19/2006

Swollen labia?

About an hour after showering this morning, I noticed that my inner labia is really swollen, but only on the right side. It looks really odd and I'm a bit freaked out. It's almost extending out past the outer lips. It's kinda tender, but doesn't really hurt. Feels kinda uncomfortable when I walk, though. I'm not sure what could have caused it. I don't think I've done anything different recently. I usually shave down there, and it's been a few days so the hair is starting to come back in and it's a bit prickly, but I've never had any problem like this in the past. The last time I had sex was Sunday. Nothing unusual. My period is coming up next week. Maybe hormones? I don't take birth control or any other meds. Any comments are very much appreciated. Thanks.
vicious_tongue 19th-Dec-2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
i don't know if this would help you,
but a close friend of mine had a swelling on her labia as well, and i think it may be her inner right labia, but i can ask to make sure. she said that she went to the doctor about it, and their solutions were to cut the swollen labia off, which she did not like. she read up on the internet, and apparently most women that had the surgery regretted doing so. she treated herself by taking really hot baths with sea salt that eventually burst the swelling off. she was glad not to have her labia cut off through her surgery.

i don't know if this is the same as your predicament, and not even sure if she told me what the cause of her swollen labia was. it seems like just irritation or infection. however, if you go to the doctor and they tell you that you need surgery, you should consider all of your options first.
combover 19th-Dec-2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
Why did they tell her to cut her labia off?? I have never heard of anybody having that done unless they had unusually long labia that were getting irritated or made sex painful. That just sounds so unnecessary to me. Poor girl.
combover 19th-Dec-2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
This has happened to me before. The first time it was because I had a yeast infection. Go to your doc and see if that is what you have if the swelling doesn't go down soon. It could also just be from irritation from your underwear.
onkel_hans 19th-Dec-2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
You shave the inner labia? Wow!
chemicalchance 19th-Dec-2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
cherryxlipgloss 20th-Dec-2006 03:56 am (UTC)
this happened to me once, only both labia were extremely swollen. It was because my mom switched laundry detergents on me and didn't tell me, I was allergic.
stateofwonder 20th-Dec-2006 04:06 am (UTC)
This has happened to me before.. once it was just plain irritation from too much stimulation and not enough lube. Another time it was actually a bartholin cyst on the inner labia. That was treated with antibiotics and sitting in lukewarm water. I think actually this might be what the first poster was referring to as well -- some women who have recurrant cysts have the bartholin gland in the labia removed. I don't think they usually remove the entire labia, but either way it sounds painful.

If it doesn't clear up in a couple of days, I'd go see a doc. It sounds like it might be a cyst, but it doesn't sound like it's very major, so I wouldn't worry too much about it.
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