I am tearing up.
June 17, 2011 10:44 AM Subscribe
My skin keeps...tearing. What could cause this?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (27 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am female, twenty-mumble, in general good health. I will preface this with that multiple (3-4) STD tests over the span of 1.5-2 years have all come out clean, although I don't actually remember the scope of said tests.
Over many months, I've noticed the area of my skin that's between my anus and vulva/vaginal opening (the perinium?) to be particularly...thin. As in, something I'll be walking, take a stride, and I can feel the skin tear. Or sometimes I can be rolling over in bed (rolling my hips sideways, as I was sitting up on the bed and moving to get off the bed) and I can feel it tear. Among other activities, most as mundane as those.
I thought it might be the birth control I'm taking (Yasmin, which works quite well with me) thinning out my skin, since I've noticed this a lot more in the 1.5 odd years since I began taking it. But my doctor said in puzzlement that in the 20 years she's been in practice (and prescribing birth control) this has not come up as a side effect. She said she's heard of herpes as a cause, but, well, clean bill of health from STDs. I'm trying to figure out what else might cause this.
My sex life is pretty vanilla; I have what I think is a minor case of vulvodynia, so penetrative sex are not marathons and end probably in about 5 (I think that's below average. Foreplay and oral and all that, though, go for hours). A vibrator is used externally, no pokey bits, and I don't have penetrative toys. I am monogamous, and my boyfriend also got an STD screen before we had sex, and he was clean. (He is my first sexual partner, I am his fourth.) When I go to the bathroom sometimes I wipe in a very long stroke from vulva to anus which quite frequently irritates the area (yes, I probably shouldn't), and it's likely that it could abrade the sensitive area too, but it doesn't explain why I could be shifting my body with my pants up and I still feel it tearing. To be fair, though, even though right now it's in the midst of an episode where I have these tears/abrasions, I can't remember when it actually occurred, so maybe the tears aren't happening that frequently and the abrasive wiping is just aggravating it. Or something. Tearing while moving definitely has occurred though, I just don't remember frequency.
Boyfriend's inspection (it's not in an area I can see, even with a mirror and I crane my neck) said that sometimes there's up to about 5-7 red lines. They look/feel superficial; kinda like a papercut; stings a lot but feels shallow and (I think, since I can't see it) heal pretty quick.
So, not STDs, reasonably clean bill of health. What is causing this? Any suggestions, MeFi?