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I am having an embarrassing problem. My skin is splitting open and bleeding with any amount of touch. It seems like the skin is just too thin.<br><br>
Several week ago, I had irritation and soreness after using a contrceptive film, so I switchd to a gel. That didn't help, so I quit using any of those. Then, about 2 weeks later, after continued irritation, this new symptom appeared. It's been about 10 days and still no better. I tried a yeast infection treatment with no effect.<br><br>
Any skin healing tips or ideas about what's wrong??? HELP!<br><br>
(I'll be making an appt. tomarrow, but it will probably be a week before I get seen)
 

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Hmmm. I think fissures is definitely the right word.<br><br>
Your were associated with a yeast infection? Maybe I'll continue treating along those lines. Thanks!
 

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Many, many years ago, I had something very similar. It was started by use of the contraceptive sponge. It was diagnosed as a yeast infection and I was using all sorts of prescription yeast remedies for almost a year. Then the doc. said it was vaginal warts and removed them with a liquid poison. I still hurt, and I was hurting with ANY friction from sex. The doc. also said that it could be psychological and meant that I didn't really love my husband.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> Well, I've got issues with im, but I really didn't think the two were related.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br><br>
Years later, I decided that it had been an allergic reaction to the sponge...whether it was the contraceptive or the latex, I'll never really know.<br><br>
By that time, it had gone away (after about three years of pain) and I had done one of those anti-yeast diets for six months, TOTALLY gone off allopathic medicine, taken up putting live-culture yogurt 'down there' and getting rid of absolutely every chemical or harsh cleaning agent or soap. (Dr. Bronner's rooolz!) I also started using wild carrot seeds as contraception and consciously eating an all organic diet.<br><br>
Eventually, it went away. I'm not sure what actually did it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br><br>
Hth.
 

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Oh good lord. That sure was helpful.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I think this started with an allergic/intolerance reaction, too. Thanks for letting me know your experience. I think I'll start aggressively pursuing options since I don't want to be sore for 3 years!
 

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Yeah. Aggressive would be a good word to use.<br><br>
I was going to say why don't we talk if you wanted my whole timeline...but I see you're in Washington (and NOT D.C.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ) typing often takes too long for me...I'm such a spazz.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br><br>
Don't let it go. And don't let someone fob you off with the phrase vulva dynia (it is just greek for painful vulva) or vestibular edinitis (is just means you have a swelling at an opening). And don't let someone suggest surgery. Nor give you topical testosterone.<br><br>
Been there, done that. No use.<br><br>
I HATE DOCTORS.<br><br>
(OT: The best moment of my life will be telling off someone who says their job is important because he/she is a doctor...I will answer (with glee) that my job is waaaaay more important because as a civil engineer I help make sure everyone has clean drinking water and without that, doctors couldn't do diddly squat!)
 

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Oh my gosh sohj, my story is so similar to yours!<br><br>
I thought I was going absolutely crazy and had no insurance. A very kind dr at planned parenthood did a biopsy and diagnosed HPV. I never had any warts. My vulva split very easily from even gentle manipulation. Dr. said the the skin was thickened, couldn't stretch, therefore, broke easily.<br><br>
I eventually had laser surgery in 1989, no help of course. Subsequent biopsy showed no hpv. Went to vulvar pain clinic at UM, tried various antidepressants. Nothing helped. Kind of went away on its own after 14 years. It just gradually got better when we were ttc Zoe. I've wondered if birth controls pills had anything to do w/it. I did have a horrendous allergic reaction to the sponge the 2nd or third time I used it, but that was after the vulvar pain had started, although it did get a lot worse.<br><br>
Don't know what the latest allopathic treatments are.<br><br>
Good luck at your appt.
 
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