drought down under
April 1, 2014 7:46 AM Subscribe
For some time now, I have been having increasing problems with vaginal and vulvar irritation and dryness. Anyone have any idea what this could be? I know YANMD and I should call mine, but I do all my gyno stuff through Planned Parenthood (I do have good insurance but I like them and I'm relatively comfortable there). They are closed for a couple of days, and will probably not be able to get me in for a couple of weeks. Many distracting and unpleasant details within.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am 40 years old, and have been with the same partner for a couple of years now. In January of 2013, I had a Mirena put in. We had always used condoms before, and I had always used condoms with all previous partners. Both of us had tested clean for STDs before we had sex at all.
Up until this, I had been extremely productive in both the discharge and lubrication departments. My partner is on the thick side, and after the Mirena was when we first started to need to use lube. I thought I was a little more dry than before, but didn't think much of it. In May of 2013, I had the Mirena removed due to entirely different side effects that were probably hormonal (migraines from hell). The need for lube did not go away (the migraines went back to normal for me).
This fall, I started to notice that the lube we were using dried out and turned kind of tacky fairly quickly. We were using (a variety of?) Astroglide. I suggested we try another, and looked at the ingredients so that I could know that we were getting something different. I noted that the Astroglide we were using has glycerin, and that this may not have been the best thing for vaginal use although I did not think it had caused any trouble. My partner picked up something put out by Trojan, with propylene glycol. Shortly after we started using this, I noticed genital irritation - itching and a burned feeling, mostly around the point where the labia minora attach but also at the edge of the vagina itself. Both normal discharge and lubrication kept decreasing. We switched back to the Astroglide, but the irritation and dryness just kept going. Even with lube, sex recently became painful, enough so that I do not think am not going to try again until this is closer to getting sorted out. The past month or so, I have been spotting. There has been no odor of any kind, no brewery in my pants and no fishy smell. My periods have continued normally through this, and the next one should start in a few days (which may further complicate the trip to the doctor to test for things if they actually get me in quickly).
Does anyone have any ideas or experience in this? Dr. Google tells me that yeast infections don't always have smell or discharge, and can bring about spotting, but I don't know if that helps much. I bought a vaginal infection test to check the ph of the vagina. That came with two strips, and the one in the morning showed a normal ph while the one in the afternoon showed it as abnormal (but either could have been contaminated by hitting clothing). Could it be perimenopause while the periods are all normal?
I will (probably) call Wednesday to try to get an appointment with the doctor, but I am fretting until then. And I am trying the garlic treatment, because the single yeast infection I had in the past cleared up with that and I don't suppose it can hurt much.
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