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My vagina seems to get irritated often and I don't know what it is or what to do.

By Anonymous June 21, 2018 - 7:54am
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I think my symptoms started after taking birth control. When I was on birth control the sex was great very rarely painful and that was only when we had gone at it 3-4 times a day or so. However I had to stop taking them as I was noticing serious mood swings, anxiety and honestly the beginning of depression. My family didn't even recognize me half the time. So yeah I called quits and followed the procedures to end taking them. Once that ended we went back to using condoms and they have been good but lately (a few months now) I have been very irritated. It started off like not bad pain but still there but other times I've had to stop because I'm in too much pain during intercourse. I have gotten myself checked out multiple times for any signs of STD's as I have had other partners but all tests have come out negative thankfully. I do also get frequent yeast infections that I believe have made me more susceptible because I took birth control pills and my whole hormonal imbalance is off. I have stopped taking bubble baths hoping at least I can fix that issue. However I am starting to think maybe it's the condoms we have been using that irritates my vagina? We have only used Trojan brands. Are they known for having the chemicals that some people are allergic too? I read that Durax is good to try, would that be a good option? I have my suspuspicions it's the chemicals as one time we tried lube to spice things up and the next day my vagina felt like it was on fire. I also have been taking Replens as I do find myself quite dry a lot and that could be a reason for my discomfort. Please does anyone have any suggestions? How to get my normal PH back? I just don't want sex to be painful anymore

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing!

People who use birth control pills are more susceptible to yeast infections but if you've been off the pills for several months, you should be back to normal again. Some women are just more prone to them, regardless of medications. A balanced diet with good probiotics can help and if you swim, never hang out in a wet swimsuit (or sweaty gym clothes) etc as these are prime breeding grounds for yeast overgrowth.

As for condoms - they can be extremely irritating for some women - some women can't use them at all. Have you tried natural, organic condoms? They are chemical free but may cost a bit more. Try looking into the Sustain brand or Glyde. You can split the costs with your partner and if regular condoms are causing all this, it'll be well worth it. It will be a trial and error situation to know if they work - so give them a few tries.

Also make sure you only wear cotton underwear and use clothes detergent that is natural and chemical/dye/fragrance free. An unprocessed diet will also help.


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