Long story short: have a Mirena, have the insanely long bleed periods that come with it. Yay. After about 5-7 days with any pad (unbleached cotton, cloth, etc) my labia revolt and I break out in a rash, labia starts to crack and bleed, all that fun stuff. Won't use a cup with the IUD and tampons don't work for me (bleed right down the side of them). Great fun when my periods last upwards of 16 days now.
This time seems worse than normal and nothing I do seems to make it better. In case it was a YI I've been using apple cider vinegar washes and now I'm pretty darn sure I have no YI since all I smell like is vinegar. The cold water was the only soothing part of it.
I've tried diaper rash creams: oh holy hell do they burn. And they keep burning. I've tried kinds with benzocaine in them: they burn like hell until the benzocaine kicks in, then if anything touches my labia, back to the burning pain.
Pantslessness when I'm not at work, cold wash cloths- I've tried everything I can think of and it's been a week and it's not getting any better. They're still cracked and bleeding (and I've been off my period for the week, so what caused the irritation is gone).
Is there anything I can do to make it go away? It hurts to walk and combined with my mood swings has me in tears. I don't want to go to my doctor because I know he won't help me. Is there something I'm overlooking?
Thanks! (Dear god, I can never make these questions short can I?)
I figured I might as well update this in case it's helpful to someone. I used the baking soda cold compress detailed in this link that was sent to me (mostly since it was one treatment I had on hand that I haven't tried). I applied it before bed, and it stung for a while, but when I woke up the morning my skin was the happiest it's been in a while. If nothing else it did soothe it.