I am 53 years old...still having regular periods (although a few were extremely long), otherwise normal. Since July have been experiencing labia pain and clitoral hypersensitivity. Gyno said everything looks OK...pap test normal. He prescribed a few creams which did nothing. Besides all that, the whole outer vaginal area feels like it's sticking together all the time...even after a shower. Any ideas, suggestions, would be welcome. This is an extremely embarrasing and frustrating problem. Thanks.
Thanks for your reply...but yes, I have read up on it. Some of my symptoms are what they describe, but some not. Actually, my gyno is puzzled too. He said to get a second opinion if I wanted. I went to a dermatologist, who tested for bacterial infection...gave me an RX...which helped a little. Am seeing her at the end of December...hopefully she will be able to help more. Happy Thanksgiving.
I can relate. I get something similar. I'm 45 y.o. and definitely perimenopausal. As it gets closer to my period time the whole vaginal/perianal area gets "angry". This includes gooey discharge, burning, hemmoroid activity, labial tenderness, etc, etc. Gyn says all is fine. I just suffer through and take lots of showers. If you hit on something that works, post it!
Thanks Winesnob...I thought I was the only one with this problem. I wish there was a cream or pill or something that would help this. If you hear of any miracle cure...please post it. Happy Thanksgiving!
I have a tender area on my right side lower labia... it has bothered me now for about a year. Nothing is THERE, no bumps or redness, but it is irritating as hell...luckily it does not intefere with sex, but afterwards, wearing clothing, bothers me.
I thought of Vulvadynia... but in a little area?? I thought that was mainly a vaginal problem. I have an appt on the 10th and this time will MAKE my doctor check it out. Last time, he didn't see anything so the subject was dropped... but it's gone on way too long now. I worry it could be something under the skin I can't see!!! I thought it was in my 'head' for a while as sometimes it will vanish!!! Only to return.
Does it sound like thinning tissues? I would think the whole area would thin at the same time and I'd hurt all over! ANYONE ever have this problem?
Some of these problems might be from lack of estrogen. I had some of the inside of the labia kind of sticking to the clitoris. I used a little bit of Premarin cream on that area and it has responded.
I am actually on an estradiol patch for my hormones after my hysterectomy. My hormones were on the low side when it was getting time to change he patch. My ob/gyn said that my vaginal tract was dry looking and prescribed the Premarin cream to be used in addition to the patch. It's kind of a pain to use.....so I don't usually use it. I did have to use it on the labia for the sticking together problem. The tissues do thin.
So any of you above 45.....it very well might be hormone related.
I had the same symptoms as you describe and more. terrible burning sensation/ gyno did pap. normal. even did a biopsy. normal. gave me all kinds of creams and nothing helped me. finally, finally his partner, an older dr told me to get some Boric acid, they gave me a prescription to get empty capsuls at the pharmacy. at night fill the empty capsule with boric acid and insert into the vagina. I used one of the tubes from one of the creams to put it in and guess what it actually worked. I used a couple of weeks and it was gone. I had never heard of it but at that point was willing to try anything as it hurt. Please try this, it cant hurt anything and may help you. keep us informed. good luck.
Debbi: Your symptoms could indicate Vulvodynia. I've had it for over 20 years and my vulva LOOKS perfectly normal. I was diagnosed by a Vulvar Pain Specialist in San Diego. It's hard to find Drs. who know what it is or how to treat it. I've gotten relief from Estrace cream which thickens the skin and increases blood flow and from Emu Oil which is an anti-inflammatory. I order it online. Ask your Dr. to do the Q-tip test, if he knows what that is. Or, maybe you can find a vulvar specialist. Good luck. Sue
Thank you Sue... yeah I tend to think that may be it too - but do you have it in just one little area? Does that sound like it?
Sometimes it will feel like my hair causes it, then it tends to move to the inner lip.... that's where it is bugging me today...after sex last night. During sex, I don't even notice it! But the next day - sitting... yes! I thuoght it could be a Bartholin's gland - but no swelling... sigh
I have printed out some of the responses to take to my dr. I just want her to eliminate all possibilites and determine it may be vulvadynia...
Hi Debbi: Mine is usually worse on the left side of my vulva, but it can be anywhere. I'm having a flare up now b/c I had surgery to remove a kidney stone so he went up there to get it plus I had IV antibiotics. I can't tell if I have a yeast infection or not, but I have burning and itching but no discharge. It's mostly the burning that drives me crazy. I hope I won't be like this for months. Good luck to you. I've learned so much from the Internet. Sue
Oh...you poor thing! Good luck to you too.. I find nothing more irritating than having problems 'down there' and not knowing WHAT causes it! I tried Emu oil last night and it felt ok...but today, at this moment, sitting at the computer - it is bothering me - a burning feeling o the right side...one little area. sigh!
I can't wait to get to the dr. on the 10th and see what she says....I don't think it's a Bartholin's gland as there is no swelling nor lump. I am hoping a cream (hormonal) may help - I am 53 but still having periods. Again, FEEL better and hope your pain goes away!!! By the way, I have been using Collidal silver when I get a vaginal irritation, but know it is not a yeast infection, and it clears it! I just put a half dropper in and I had immediate relief. Usually have to do it a couple of times... But that's ME. It might be worth it to try.
Sue - I don't want to jinx myself, but the emu oil seems to have soothed that area.... it comes and goes (mild) but has certainly improved (been there before though) so this will be interesting when i see my dr.