So I'm 19 weeks now with my 4th and have the most uncomfortable case of vulval edema. It is uncomplicated by gestational diabetes or general edema, it's just entirely focused in my vulva (to be specific, both my labia majora and minor). Hooray!
The swelling gets so bad that I get itchy, my skin chafes between my labia where it's no longer getting air flow or sunlight (you know, if you could get sunlight...), and then it starts to SPLIT OPEN and BLEED. Seriously, I'm in agony. My midwife says it's unfortunately common for women having their 3rd and 4th but if this lasts through the entire rest of pregnancy I will probably have my tubes tied after birth. That is if I'm not currently in jail for all the murders I will commit after I go insane from this. ARGH. I'm going nuts. This makes it extremely hard to have sex as often as I'd like.
If this has happened to anyone else, did you find anything to help ease the swelling and irritation? ANYTHING AT ALL? I'll take natural, medicinal, physical... I'll go down and swim naked in the polluted, freezing bay if it'll help. I'm desperate.
The only "relief" I've found is by shaving bald to cut down on the hair irritating the area. But that only works until stubble starts to come back and I'm getting large enough that I can no longer see that part of me too well and it wont' be long until shaving is out of the question (and no, I am not asking my husband to do it. And yes, he has offered repeatedly. There is something decidedly unsexy about that prospect and I cannot get over it. "Here sweetie, let me lay down spread eagle. Be careful on those angles!").
I've also been slathering with Burts Bees diaper rash cream several times a day which is extremely messy but is providing some basic relief, but not enough. I NEED MORE. HALP MY VULVA HAVE MOAR HAPPY PLZ.
(Also, BTDT: sea salt, witch hazel, sleeping naked, going commando, etc - all the standard stuff I've tried).