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I've been experiencing continuous, uncomfortable itching accompanied with some occasional pain (soreness and a "pinching" feeling) in my vulva for well over a year now. I've seen multiple doctors who claim to have no idea what my issue is-- I appear to be doing everything "right"-- but no matter what I do, the itching never completely goes away. My doctors all seem to think it's external (like soaps or detergents, although I am extra cautious about those things), but something in my gut, and the fact that the itching never improves, has always told me it's internal. I have been tested for yeast and vaginitis and chlamydia and gonorrhea multiple times, to no avail. I also tried medications for yeast early on, and they didn't help me, in addition to many topical creams/ointments.
My doctors also don't appear to see anything unusual when they look at my vulva-- however, to me, it is unmistakably darker in color, and there appears to be a very faint, almost "bumpy" texture that I swear was not there before. But I guess it is subtle enough that gynecologists don't notice.
Well, the other week I finally had a pap smear, and the results showed that I have mild dysplasia. Everything I read says this is quite common, but I am still distraught. I set up a colposcopy right away, but the soonest I could make an appointment was a couple weeks from now. So until then, I am left to wonder and worry.
What I would like to ask is:
Could my persistent itching/sometimes pain be related to my abnormal pap smear? If so, what might it mean?
If it is related, is there hope that there is a treatment for my itchiness?
I have only had sex with one person, but I know he'd had many partners before me. I am currently in a serious relationship with someone else and we have not had sex for other personal reasons. However, we plan to get married in a year and I really don't want to be dealing with this then. I would also like to be 100% informed of what's going on so that we can be smart about when we do have sex.
Any other words of advice or encouragement would be helpful as well. I wish I could get that colposcopy today!
Thank you so much!