Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Vaginal irritation

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QUESTION: I have been having vaginal irritation on and off for a few months. Pap came up clear. It only seems irritated after touching it and is in the inside. The skin looks irritated/red but there are no abnormal looking bumps. I think the discharge seems normal too. Does this look/sound like anything?

ANSWER: Brit,

Its normal for the vaginal to have some form of emission, but it should be clear with no odor and pretty think. If you should have a thicker discharge with odor and it has a more opaque color-that's a clear sign of infection. Since your pap came up normal, there's nothing internally that's wrong. I'm not sure what you're referring to by "irritation." Is it uncomfortable or painful to touch the outside of your vagina or have intercourse? A little redness should be expected when a woman becomes aroused as blood flow increases to the area and as long as there is no discomfort then that's not a sign of pathology. Let me know if you need clarification.

Cheers,

John

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QUESTION: When I say irritation, I mean it causes discomfort after sex or masturbation. Even taking that picture made it feel uncomfortable afterwards. The skin there when I look is always red, aroused or not, and it looks like there are some rougher looking patches (though not bumps). It's almost like a feeling of dryness, but I don't know why it would suddenly feel like that. No itch, no discharge, just an ever so slight burning discomfort, and mostly only after touching in that area.

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Brit,

Vaginal dryness may be an underlying cause for everything that you're experiencing and that's something you should bring up with your OBGYN. I'm so glad that you brought that up because all of your symptoms make since now. Make sure you let your provider know this :)

Cheers,

John

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Educated and certified in STI information, HIV and AIDS, and trained in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Providing counseling in sexuality, sexual interests, and sexual orientations, pregnancy prevention, safer sex initiatives, and teaching health education seminars to adults ages 18-65 for the past 3 years. Serve underserved clients in homeless shelters, workplace readiness programs, and detention centers. Three term AmeriCorps domestic service volunteer and Peace Corps nominee for Health Service to Lesotho and Rwanda. Providing services to the GLBTQIA populations of which I am a member.

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3 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Advanced) for 3 years and comprehensive sex educator for 3 years and parenting educator for 3 years. *North Carolina State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, #P083512 *Certified Health Education Specialist, #22589

Organizations
*American Public Health Association *National Commission on Health Education Credentialing

Publications
American Public Health Association, Student Assembly, Quarterly Newsletter 2012-2014

Education/Credentials
*Doctor of Education (candidate), K-12 Teacher Leadership; Capella University *Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Capella University *Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University-Portland *Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and English; East Carolina University

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Graduated with Distinction from Capella University AllExperts, Top Experts of 2014 (One and Multiple Categories)

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*Over 180 clients, lasting 30 sessions, in 5 locations during Florida service. *Over 150 clients, lasting 18 sessions, in 2 locations during South Carolina service.

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