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Old 12-01-2007, 10:54 PM   #1
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itching after period?

Hello,

I am an 18 year old fairly healthy teenager. However, I have a slightly embarassing problem that I don't particularly want to ask my doctor in person if I don't have to.

From the time I started my period, I have always experienced some pretty bad itching immediately after my period for about a week. I don't use tampons at all and only use chlorine and fragrance free pads. Is this just from a sudden lack of moisture down there or something else? And most importantly is there anything I can do to relieve this itching every month?

(Just a note, I have never seen a gynecologist so I've never been asked about anything "down there." Also, I don't ever have any other itching except for the week following my period).

Thank you!

Shanna

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Old 12-02-2007, 01:09 PM   #2
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Re: itching after period?

I have had this happen to me before, but in my case it was because of the tampons. I was using regular flow tampons and needed the light ones and it was drying me out a bit. If you are feeling dry afterwards, it can definitely be because of this. I know some people on the pill have this happen and get almost yeast infection-like symptoms that go away, but I'm guessing you are not on the pill if you don't have a gynecologist. This may sound silly, but it worked for me when this happened... I actually got a little bit of lube and put it inside of me (just a tiny bit) when this happened and I felt dryness... it helped and no more itching! You can just buy some at the store without anybody knowing so it's an easy thing to do to help.

 
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Old 12-03-2007, 02:31 PM   #3
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Re: itching after period?

Thank you for the reply. I am not on any birth control so that can't be the cause of my itching. Is it safe to put any mild lotion (without perfumes or artificial coloring) down there? I don't want to do anything to make it worse.

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Shanna

 
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Re: itching after period?

I would go with a personal lubricant, such as KY, as tUrRrRa recommended. Make sure it isn't scented and doesn't have any spermicide in it.

A gynecologist once said to me, don't put anything in your vagina you wouldn't want in your mouth--and don't put food in there, either. Skin lotions really aren't meant to be used on that part of the body.

 
Old 12-04-2007, 12:14 PM   #5
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Re: itching after period?

I use to get yeast infections after my period-even if I was only using pads. I would try using natural "cures" to try and help it such as vinegar baths (a cup of white vinegar in a shallow sit bath), rinsing with warm water after you use the bathroom, making sure your laundry detergent is free of fragrances, and that you're drinking plenty of water. I find that if I'm dehydrated "down there" is the FIRST thing to get itchy and dry.
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