I thought at first it may be recurring yeast, especially because I am doing long-term antibiotic treatment, but I take heavy duty probiotics and don't usually test positive for yeast! And when I get a yeast infection there is much more itching, discharge, and discomfort. The area that is affected is simply my outer labia/the area above and around my clitoris. Not directly around it but the larger part that extends up to where my regular skin/pubic hair begins. This also occurs while I'm bleeding which I have been for 2 weeks, but when I have yeast bleeding always clears it up.
There is almost no itching at all, unless it starts to heal, in which case if I scratch it, it will peel again. The only thing that seems to help is putting coconut oil on it regularly. I also tried vitamin D oil, but I ran out. It seemed to help a little. It's simply uncomfortable because it's like raw, peeling skin. It started sometime after my first Depo shot, so I associated it with that, but I have been off of it for a month (or, my last shot was due a month ago and now I have the copper IUD). If it is associated with that, why would that be the case? Less vaginal lubrication? How can I fix it or help it? It's driving me insane. I have no itching near or inside my actual vaginal opening. No dryness there either. I also have some dryness around my, well, anus. It's not extreme and I can't see it but I can feel it sometimes.
I am also on Lamictal. I know this can cause extreme skin dryness but I am doing and taking everything I know how to help it, and I'm getting tired of this. Sex does not hurt as long as I am lubricated (I use coconut oil to keep myself lubricates and mosturized--I'm allergic to everything else), I don't stretch or let that area get dry. And I only have sex once or twice a month because of a long distance relationship.
I am also STD free and so is my partner. But my vulva was never like this and I feel gross, uncomfortable, and worried something is wrong. My doctor has said she doesn't think it's serious and should go away but it hasn't and it'/ really bothering me. Looking for advice or similar stories. Thank you.