10:36 am - 01/09/2010

Labia swelling and pain during sex

The past two times during sex with my boyfriend, I've had some out of the ordinary swelling and pain going on. I first notice it when he's playing with my clit before penetration even happens...I have a very slight itch going on and some tenderness on my clitoris and labia minora. After we begin, the actual sex doesn't hurt but if it continues for too long (more than 15 minutes) I begin to feel pain in my labia.

The worst pain is after sex. My labia are swollen twice as large as they usually are and brush against underwear or pants. It's extremely painful and sensitive to the touch, without any itchiness whatsoever. I thought maybe it was the lube we use, but we've been using the same lube since we started having sex together a year ago so I don't imagine I developed a recent allergy. No new soaps have been used either.

Does anyone know what could be causing this? I looked using search and found some entries that suggest it may be a YI, but since it only happens around sexual activity, I didn't know if it was something different all together. I don't have any other symptoms of a YI. Any help would be much appreciated, thanks!
juniperbrze 9th-Jan-2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
This recently happened to me and it completely baffled me.

After the holidays my boyfriend and I got back to our usual routine of 3-4 times a day and the fourth time that night we kind of... didn't stop. We usually take a break in between of course but he never pulled out and we ended up going at it again.

I had to take like some ibuprofen and ice myself down there. We figured it was not enough lube since he never left me. The next morning I was feeling better so we had sex and I then realized that I had a small tear cause I began bleeding a little. After like 12 weeks of having sex all of the time (well not all of the time, we do lead normal lives) it completely came as a shock that I swelled all of the sudden. I made sure to hydrate and we also made sure to use more natural lube.

You are not alone and the feeling sucks. I think the reason my body responded like that was because we had not had sex in three days when we were used to waking up to it and then some after lunch and then a little after dinner and then before bed so... I was wondering if you had an change in your sex life as well?
archangelbeth 9th-Jan-2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
I'd get tested for a YI or BV, since sometimes the only symptom is painful sex. I'd also check the lube, see if you're using enough. (And you can totally develop an allergy out of the blue; eventually, your body just says, "I HATES IT NAO!" and poof, allergy.) So if you're definitely using enough and this isn't a friction-burn, and it's not a yeastie or an external yeastie (totally possible), or a stealth BV... Switch lubes for something with different ingredients and see if that helps.

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