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    Thrush

    A yeast infection caused by a fungus called Candida albicans which lives in and around the body. It can affect both men and women, causing itching, irritation, discharge, redness, soreness and swelling of the vagina, vulva and/or penis, but is not an STI. Read more →

  • Trichomoniasis

    A relatively common infection caused by a germ known as trichomonas vaginalis. It is usually spread through unprotected sexual intercourse. Read more →

    I've been itchy on my vagina for a long time and it get sore and then swells up. Sometimes there's this white liquid coming out of my vagina and it stays on my vagina until I have a wash. Sometimes when it's sore and I got for a pee then it starts to sting. Whats wrong? I'm 13 years old





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    Hey love , there is nothing t worry about it sounds like u have thrush which is natural thing for women its caused by stress , tight underwear and many other things nw there is nithing to worry about it all u have to do is go to the doctor and tell him ur symptoms (he doesn't have to see it) and he will prescribe and anti-fungal cream that u apply to ur vag. (I recomend medaspore)

    Hello. I am very concerned about some sore lumps I that have appeared on my vagina. I think that they are most likely ingrown hairs, but as they are quite near the opening to my vagina, I can't see them. There is a few of them and some are extremely sore it hurts when I walk. Please can anyone help?!





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    could be a bartholin cyst, see you GP X

    Im currently 16 and i had oral play with my boyfriend last night. My vagina was sore then but i woke up this morning and the whole of my vagina is swollen and really sore. I cant walk and i don't know why. Does anyone know??





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    I am 18 and pregnant my vagina has become sore and itchy and the entrance of my vagina has become blocked wi folds of skin which i think myt be swellin bu im not sure der is all so a white discharge and sexual intercourse is sore and so is tryin to pass urine after it is this thrush...i need help pls. xx





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    i am not sure what this is. does the white discharge have the consistancy of cottage cheese? if so then yes it is thrush. if not, then i strongly suggest that you go see your GP, you can never be too careful, especially when you are pregnant! good luck!

    Im 17 and I have had a very sore , itchy vagina for the past few months on and off. When its bad its very sore and itchy on the outside of my vagina. It's there most of the time but mainly nearer the evenings. I've read up about others with similar symptoms .and for them it may be thrush. Help?





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    Hop off to the pharmacy and pick up some over the counter product.. If that fails, just head into the Doc's office..

    My vagina recently has been quite sore, itchy and swollen and I was wondering what this is? After I had sex my vagina lips where really swollen but they went down after a day or 2 then few days ago it happened again but they only swelled a tiny bit this doesn't happen all the time after sex it's only happened twice, but my vagina is just sore itchy and a but swollen and it's really irrating! What can I do to get rid of this without getting treated as I'm only 16 and it's embarrassing





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    I had the same problem, I'm 17 . I went to the doctors the other day and they said it was thrush. It hurt to use the bathroom and I was in pain will having sex. The doctors have me antibiotic and a cream to put in the vagina , and it has helped heaps. My advice is go to your doctor they don't judge , say you are itchy down below and get swollen . I know it is embarrassing but if not treated it can get worse. If you don't want to go to the doctors go to a pharmacy and ask for an over counter thrush treatment. Hope this helps

    Cystitis sashes can help from a pharmacy just ask the pharmacist and they will point them out to you I know it's embarrassing going to the doctors as I'm only 16 myself good luck

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    I'm 16 and I'm not sexually active. The other day during my period between my vagina and anus it felt rather sore when I wipe my self when going to the toilet. I thought it'd go away once my period stopped because I thought maybe the sanitary towels were rubbing against my skin and making it sore. It's been three days since my period stopped and the soreness is still there, It hurts when I wipe when going to the toilet and feels sore if my pee touches it. I've had a look and it's pinky/red oval sore with a little bit of skin peeling around the edges. I do not want to see the doctor as I'm embarrassed about showing anyone my vagina. I'm also on new medication for acne on my face, could this effect my soreness?





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    it could just be thrush, you can buy it in pharmacys hun..:-) but if your unsure you should always see your gp it can be confidential!

    is your medication called or along the lines of roacoutine? if it is i had the same problems its probably nothing to worry about ive had allsorts due to that medication now its over with im back to normal... go to your GP and ask them though maybe a cyst or a pimple? good luck xx

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    Im 14 sometimes my vagina gets really itchy and sore then I go to the toilet to sort it out, I normally do this by having a pee or washing my vagina, how ever the last few times I have had worms (like the ones you get in ur belly) crawling out of my. Vagina and when they come out the itching stops. What should I do???





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    These worms are called pinworms or threadworms and are often passed on through young children. You can inhale eggs which travel to your intesting and hatch or you can scratch yourself and carry the eggs under your nails which, if your a bit of a nail-biter could result in swallowing eggs. You can make an appointment with your GP and be prescribed two tablets. You take one the day you get them and the other one a week later. As you have these worms, your whole family should take these tablets as well. When worms spread to the vagina it causes itchiness, redness and soreness. this is called vaginitis and can be passed on by spreadation from the anus to the vagina. Your GP will prescribe you ointment or cream to cure your problem. To prevent this from reoccuring try to keep your nails short and make sure your bed linen, towels and underwear are washed regularly ( about twice a week).Hope this helps :)

    Also, I think you may have thrush at the same time if you are itchy and sore down there. Ask your doctor for some canestan cream which will sort it out. It's a good idea to speak to your mum or an older sister who will have been through these kinds of things before :-)

    Hi, im a 29 year old female and have been suffering from a dry, sore, itchy vagina for 6 months now that seems to go with my period and then start again a week or so after my period had ended. This month it was really bad and my vagina got really sore, itchy and inflamed i also had a few small sores and a cut in the top part of my outter lips that is still present after taking the oral treatment 4 days ago! The dr confirmed it was thrush but i have never been in so much pain before and now my period started 2 days early so i have the pad rubbing against the sore that wont heal, how long till the symptoms clear???





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    I am 33 and since having my third child three years ago have suffered with extremely bad period pain. I often feel very sore inside and right inside at the top of my vagina which I poresume is my cervix. Everything feels like it is in the wrong place and sometimes when I need to pass a stool I get back pain like a trapped nerve. I also have to push between my anus and vagina as I don't feel like I have enough push. Deep penerative sex also can leave me very sore for a couple of days. My partner noticed that there was something low down in my vagina and now I am really worried. This is upsetting me so much and I feel really embaressed.





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    Sounds like a Collapsed womb

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    I have a round lump inside vagina. And a very sore cut/slit right at the meet of vagina /an anas line...make sense? It hurts when I have a bowel movement and feels sore to open vagina due to that cut /sore?? Should I go to ER?





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    im am pregant and have a sore vagina.it feels tigth and the feeing of cuts,i have a large cut at the top of my vagina which is reali sore and sore when go to the toilet,help please





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    I also sometimes get a cut at the top of my vagina. Try some sudocrem, it heals it for a while.

    hi im 15 years old and for the past 3 days my vagina has became very sore and very itching , its mostly near the bottom of my vagina and it is very sore when i wipe after having a wee , i know it is not a cut or a rash but it is also inside the opening of my vagina, does anyone know of what this may be and what can i do ? thankyou xxx





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    This could be from your underwear rubbing against your vagina if you can try different kinds of underwear more softer ones

    Hi, im 22 and in a long term relationship. Since I last had sex with my boyfriend, I noticed my vagina was sore. On closer inspection I can see a small area inside my vagina which is very sore and almost looks like a burn. After a couple of days I got a white sort of skin on top of this which is very sore to touch. It doesn't burn when I go to the toilet, just very sore when touched or wiped. Definitely not an sti as I have been checked. Im not too worried about it but hoping there is something I can do to reduce soreness and get rid of it?





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    Same here! I'm panicking, I just noticed this, but haven't been checked, I'm thinking it might be a tear? Thoughts?

    Okay so I'm 16 years old and I've been happening to live with a very sore vagina sometimes I can't even walk because its so sore I spend most of my hours sitting on the toilet I can't really ever have sex with my boyfriend because I'm always in too much pain my vagina has been sore since I turned 16 I went to my local gp atleast 5 to 6 times they given me blood tested water tests and a STD checl they found nothing at all please please please help me





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    Same thing with me. I am very dry down there and rarely get moist on my own. I'm now 22 and this has been happening for 4 years. It hurts to have sex and my vagina always looks quite inflammed. I also had blood tests and std tests and all came back clear. Tired thrush creams and nothing. If anyone has any idea of what this could be please reply

    I have been suffering wit the same for nearly a year now and doctors don't think anything of it. I also suffer with deep cuts in the creases below which are extremely painful and sore. I am giving up and demanding I get referred to a gynocologist now. I too had sti tests, blood test, additional cervical screening, and still only got told it was thrush. Please update if anyone finds out what is the cause of what we can do to relieve the pain and be normal :-( x

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    you may have a sore inside your vagina or on your cervix if the pain is sore rather than crampy or achy. i have endometriosis and that causes pain during and after sex but its definitely more cramp than sore and in my womb/pelvic area rather than my vagina. go and see a doctor or go to an STI clinic to check. i also have the hpv virus if that helps.

    Help since the birth of my child 13 years ago I suffer badly with. A consistent watery vagina discharge ! It makes my skin red & sore all the time . Have had many many vagina swabs but no answers to why ! seen loads of specialist but no one has an answer. From when my period finish I then suffer with acidic sorness then it changes to a continues milky white watery discharge all the time never changes please give me some relief as fed up always so sore & can't be normal as my vagina so red & sore .





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    I'm so sorry you've been living with that discomfort for so long! You've probably tried a lot of what I'm going to suggest already, but here goes anyways. If you've ruled out an infection of some sort through vaginal swabs, I would assume that the increase in discharge after childbirth is caused by increased blood flow, or heightened estrogen levels. The circulatory system around the vulva changes significantly after having a child, resulting in increased blood flow. More blood in the region means more lubrication/discharge. There's only one thing I can think of that might reduce the amount of discharge: decongestants. The same pills that reduce runny noses actually work on other parts of the body too. It's worth giving it a try to see if it makes a difference. The caveat here is that I'm not a medical professional, and I'm not sure about the long term effect of taking decongestants, so it would be a good idea to talk to someone who would know better than me. The second (and if I'm hearing you correctly, the more bothersome) problem you're having is the skin irritation from being damp all the time. It would be good for you to find a way to let the area air out more often, and keep it dry during the day. Not wearing underwear at night, or during the day (when it's practical) might be worth trying. Changing your underwear a few times a day would be worth a shot too. Wearing pantyliners all the time is supposed to worsen your condition, so that's obviously something to avoid. Make sure you're wearing cotton underwear, and avoid tight pants, so that the area can breathe a little more. It might be worth changing your bathroom soap (or stop using soap to clean the area for a while, and see what happens), and/or laundry detergent (also, bleaching your underwear is a bad idea!) to see if those could be making your irritation worse. I hope some of those suggestions were worthwhile. Good luck!

    Hello. I am very concerned about some sore lumps I that have appeared on my vagina. I think that they are most likely ingrown hairs, but as they are quite near the opening to my vagina, I can't see them. There is a few of them and some are extremely sore it hurts when I walk. Please can anyone help?!





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    I thought I was the only one. Often, after sex, my vagina becomes very sore, almost inflamed, and is sore to touch and swollen like. When my husband and I have sex I can't get wet it often remains dry I don't know what the problem is? is it common to have a dry vagina? also i do sometimes have creamy light coloured discharge





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    Im a healthy 21 year old who has a good sex life but after sex i have to wait atleast a day to have it again as my vagina is sore, my vagina get very wet before and during sex or why does it sore after?





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    I am 35 years old and have suffered for 2 years now with what doctors thought was vulva dermatitis. I am so so sore. when you open up my vagina i have red blemishes which are really sore and my vagina feels very swollen and itchy. I just keep getting prescribed steroid creams and antibiotics which are not clearing this awful thing! I have now noticed white skin pigments on the pubic area of my vagina which i am really concerned about.





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    I am 17 and my vagina sometimes gets really itchy, when i scratch it, i cant stop. it gets really sore and when i scratch it causes my skin to break around my vagina area. this can last for about 2 weeks then it will go away and come back. i have a fiance and after a couple of times of having sex it gets really sore during and after sex, which makes me not enjoy sex as much as i should. also my anal area can get a bit itchy and sore. i am too embarrassed to go to my doctor any ideas and help. thanks.





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    Hi, I'm 20 years old and recently aim having a lot of pain around my vagina area. My outer lips are slightly red and sore to touch, whilst my inner lips and around the vagina opening is very sore, red and inflamed and also really sore to touch. It hurts to pee and I have constant pain. I've read about Vulvodynia and was wondering if maybe this could be that?! I'm scared to go to the doctors. Could you please help.





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    Lara, go and see a female doctor.. Nothing to be scared, embarrassed or uncomfortable about... This to them is a everyday routine and so are people they see.. They dont think on the emotional level like that, they are professionals. 10 mins talking to another qualified and knowledgeable female, will take a mountain of worry off your shoulders and get your issue resolved, so you can get on with life..They appreciate been spoken to with facts and getting to the point..go in there with that mentality and you will find it so much more easier to do.. I was exactly like you, suffered in silence, then one day I switched my mentality around, on how I view medically staff, and has never been a stumbling block again. They actually smile when I turn up as I make their job easier..

    ive recently had sex and ever since my vagina has been really sore and itchy. its about 3/4 days later now and i have a white and very sore/painful lump at the bottom of my lips and its been bleeding.also there are a couple of red spots that are also very sore near/around the white one. it feels like the sore form a water infection and really hurts! i don't know what to do about. can you help me please!





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    sounds like it could be a STI maybe get it checked out with your doctor :) Good luck

    I have recently had a very prolongued intimate period with my boyfriend, Since then a sore has appeared at one edge where the hairline meets the vagina. He is prone to cold sores, and he says he does not have one at present, but he has a lump on his lip, which is not presently cold sore symptoms. The sore on my vagina has a hard lump underneath a slow to heal open wound, which has a burning feeling when i wash, dry ect. Could you shed any light please?





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    if he's got a cold sore then you can catch herpes from him. you need to go along to your GP or the GUM clinic and get them to check it out.

    i sometimes get a sore vagina, it can be sore for up to a week and then will go for a while but then come back. its sore when i have sex and when i wipe myself after goin for a wee but not normally when i actully wee? iv had thrush before and got that sorted but i think this is something else?





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    please someone help me. just recently my vagina has become very sore and uncomfortable around the flaps and going down to the vulvur, which is where it is most sore. It feels hot constantly and swollen. to sore to touch. someone help me im really worried and too scared to speak to anyone about it!





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    I have exactly the same & been looking online & scaring myself with people saying STD's etc. Did you find out what it was in the end? I have a doctors appointment in a couple of days which is the nearest one I could book so hopefully it's nothing to worry about! :(

    I am 18 Yrs old and for the past month have had really sore stinging pain around the vagina area, which even starts to bleed. I went to my GUM clinic about 3 months ago and was given creme for thrush which helped however this is different. It feels asif around the vagina is cut and i find it very sore when peeing, sitting down and even walking. Any ideas what this is or what i can do to help cure it?





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    hi; im 15 and recently had a sore red itchy sore to touch vagina and i dont know what to do im too embaresssed to talk to my mum about it &really dont want to get my vagina out infront of the doctor helppp!!!





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    Can having piles affect your vagina? im asking because i have piles which are sore and a very sore vagina. ive been to see drs and have no infection. i notice alot of pressure from my anus. was wondering if there could be a connection?





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