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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> I'm hoping that all you mamas wise in the ways of vaginal health can help me out. I've been having problems with extreme vaginal dryness and irritation for about a year now, and it's really starting to affect me. I started having extreme pain after sex about a year ago, although actually during sex didn't hurt. It was like I had a burning, rubbed raw feeling afterwards, and sometimes it would take hours to start to feel better. We tried different kinds of lubes, (nothing has really helped) and I saw two Dr's in the process. I was completely humiliated at one (and have since sworn off ob/gyns forever,) and have tried two different kinds of steroid creams as well, although neither one of them seemed to help. We have also tried to make sure that I'm *ahem* ready <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> before we do anything, and it still doesn't change anything.<br><br>
We discovered that using condoms helped so that I didn't have such extreme pain after sex, (isn't that weird?) but in the past few months, I've noticed that I feel dry all the time- like sometimes I'm irriated even when wiping after I go to the bathroom.<br><br>
Now for the other pertinent info: I just recently finished nursing my 2 1/2 year old dd. I haven't noticed any change in the month or so since she has nursed. I am not taking any medications, although I do have a Mirena IUD.<br><br>
Any ideas? Please tell me I'm not a freak....
 

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I have heard of it as common with menopause and perimenopause. I have it too, but thought it was breastfeeding, but now that you say weaning didn't help, I'm beginning to wonder. I had a friend who made a salve using olive oil, beeswax, and comfrey, but I tried it and it didn't help. You might try something like that. Sorry I didn't get the recipe, it's probably in an herbal for women book though. You could also try homepathy, although I'm not sure which remedy. LMK if you find help.
 

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Sorry I have no great advice for you, just kind words that I don't think you are a freak, it's no fun having a sore vagina. I react terribly to DHs semen. Burning etc for a couple of days after sex. You are braver than I to even approach an MD about it.
 

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I've found that the hormones in BCPs cause dryness. It's possible that you are sensitive to the hormones in the Mirena if the problem started after you got the Mirena.
 

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I had the same issue when I was breastfeeding, especially the first few months. Have you gotten your period since you finished nursing your dd?<br>
I wonder if you may see a change in a month or two..
 

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Women are more than capable of still having intercourse even when they are over the age of 40, the only issues usually involve arousal, or vaginal dryness, which normally affects women as they begin to age; Vaginal Dryness means that there are some women who despite being aroused, simply cannot produce any lube, which can make intercourse extremely uncomfortable if not painful. There are treatments to vaginal dryness, which you can check out here on How to Reduce Symptoms of Vaginal Dryness.
 
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