For several months now I have been experiencing gradually increasing vaginal dryness with occasional fits of itching and a burned feeling in places on the vulva. The itching was all external and not at all constant, and there was never, ever any unusual discharge or smell - in fact, even my normal discharge kind of dried up. Of course everything got worse and worse, and eventuallly progressed (this kind of suddenly) to sex being quite painful. At that point, I finally decided to go to the doctor (Planned Parenthood). I gave a detailed history, and she examined me with a speculum. She said that my cervix was inflamed, but a swab for yeast came back negative. She took a couple more swabs and prescribed 7 days of doxycycline due to the cervix, and a diflucan for when the antibiotic was done.
I took all of the antibiotic, but read up some on diflucan and decided I'd rather not take it and could probably just use Monistat 7 instead. The tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea eventually came back negative. By this point I had started to wonder if the external symptoms had been yeast, without anything internal at all, and I had no new symptoms after finishing the doxycycline. I started using the Monistat with the external cream three nights ago. Tonight will be my fourth night. However, last month my period was way early for me at 21 days, and this month it's threatening to happen again. The problem is that there is no way I can get through the first couple or three days of my period without tampons, especially not while I'm working. So if my period does come as soon as it looks like it will, do I just use tampons and continue to use Monistat as best I can ? (I can get through a short night on one super tampon, until I stand up for a couple of minutes). Or do I stop entirely and restart when the period is done in a week? Or do I go back to the doctor?
And a related question: today I noticed bleeding from my actual vulva, not period blood. When I got a chance I got a mirror and a flashlight and checked it out, and discovered a long crack running in the fold between my labia minor and majora. There are other places that feel similar, but haven't been bleeding. I didn't really try hard enough to see to say whether there are similar cracks. The feeling is similar to the burned feeling that I've had, but the bleeding is new. Is it unusual for this to happen after treatment has been started? Any ideas?
Many apologies if any of this is covered in the FAQ. I looked but didn't catch it if it is.
And thanks for any and all help or information!