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Vaginal lesions

I am 36 years old and have had the same partner (faithfully)  for 11 years.  About 10 years about I started having these sores develop in my vaginal region.  They almost looked like little blisters.  I will just call them Vaginal lesions.  When they are about to show up the area will start to itch and burn slightly.  Then the vaginal lesion arrives there is considerable pain.  It will last for about a week then go away.  When they first appeared I would get one or two at a time then they would go away, but a couple of weeks later a would get another.  I was miserable.  Through the years
they have lessened.  Last year I only had one and now, about a year later, I have another. OB/gyn
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HI DO YOU HAVE A LOT OF DISCHARGE OR DOES YOUR VAGINAL AREA STAY WET ALL THE TIME?IF SO THEY MIGHT BE VAGINAL WARTS.THEY WILL APPEAR IF WOMEN ARE MORE WETTER THAN OTHERS.ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF THAT COULD BE IT,THEY ARE NOT THE SAME AS HERPES,THATS WHY THAT OINTMENT DIDN'T HELP THEM.ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF THERE IS SOME THING ELSE YOU CAN USE,IF THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE.I AM NOT A DOCTOR.I AM ONLY GIVING YOU MY OPPINION.TAKE CARE OF YOUR SELF.TNT406
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Wow.  I actually have the same thing.  I know how weird it is to have this and it is not herpes or vag warts. My ob/gyn was stumped also by this problem-The same thing happens to me.  I get the feeling that they are like little paper cuts all inside, and they are excruciating when you tinkle.  I have tried a steroidal cream, perscribed by my gyne, but it is messy and gooey, and I really don't like using it, because it doesn't really do much.  Do you notice they get worse before or after your period?  I know what you mean about feeling like, "what the hell is this?"  I am in a monogomous relationship for 6 years, with the same partner, who is now my husband.  This condition really has no "name" but it is not considered a STD.  I am also frustrated by the mystery surrounding this problem.  At least someone knows what you are going through.  If you do not mind my asking, are you a fair, light eyed woman?...I am and I wonder if this is not occurring in this type more than any others, like darker skinned, tougher skinned, females. I am sensitive to just about everything.
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any chance these problems occur after sex?  Blisters could also be a sign of some type of dermatitis/allergy to condoms, foam, i've even heard where women develop a sensitivity to semen. Personally, I had one occurance w/a lambskin condom that caused vaginal itching, burning and swelling.  Also tampons, bath soap douches can cause reactions as well.  I cant use odor-absorbing tampons either..they casu itching/burning..I am also fair-complected and have sensitive skin.
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Yes, I do have fair, sensitive skin.  I never tan and always burn.  I have to be careful about any products that I use on my body.  I can't use tampons or soap in my vaginal region, because of the sensitivity.  Urination when I have one of the lesions can bring tears to my eyes and sometime it is difficult to sit down.   I
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I agree that this occurs hormonally, say, a week before my period, and always after sex.  My husband and i do not use any form of birth control, and we are quite careful about it.  My husband doesn't come inside me, but, I do agree with Holly, in that I  think the pre-ejaculatory, or lube, is actually an irritant-or this combined with the friction, and the alkaline/acid ratio.  My gyne prescribed "clobetasol" doesn't work really.  I think we should all, after starting our next periods, keep a little journal, or notes about when this starts, and when it subsides, what aggrivates it, and what keeps it at bay.  I think stress, is a contributor, but not the root cause.  I think it is possible to have very sensitive, fragile skin down there...I find the kind of t.p. I use is key too.  Often when I have a "recurrance" i literally need to use washcloths to wipe.  So I keep a stack of clean white, terry cloth washcloths by the toilet, and use those, and forget the cheap t.p. like anything that is very "papery" or rough is terrible.  Try the aloe kind.  I think COttonelle makes that one.  Okay well, please all keep this thread going, it is very interested to hear other's symptoms, and experiences.
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My cousin showed me this site and I am SOOO relieved that there are other people out there like me!  I hate going through this so much!  I am a flight attendant and have been staying in so many different hotels and wondered if maybe it was the different detergents.  I have little paper-cut like things too.  I even told my cousin that was exactly the wording I used.  My poor boyfriend thinks I am just having a nervous breakdown because I am always so stressed about work and cry because the pain gets to be so bad.  My Aunt works in my doctors office and I asked her if she knew what they could be.  She said she's never seen anything like it before.  I was so worried about an STD.  I just wasn't sure where it could have come from.  I am a very fair, light eyed, blond girl.  I am also really sensitive to so many different creams and detergents.  I have been using vaseline... probably a no-no... and a couple other anti-itch creams.  Which seem to help for a small amount of time.  If anyone finds out anything else... be sure to post it.  I wonder if we are the first to come across this considering our doctors are clueless...??
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Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone.  Keep your chin up.  Tell your boyfriend to be patient with you.
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Hi all...yes, it is a good site, in that we can compare notes.  I really do think stress is a big contributor.  Some people get facial breakouts, psoriasis, eczema or some other "external" visable reaction.  Some people get internal reactions, or more or less, in places others can not see.  I agree that the best way to describe this is paper cuts, or mini micro-tears in that very delicate place.  It is upsetting because often I will be interested in sex and can not have it because of the situation down there. I think my husband thinks I am just not horny because I tell him no, rather than getting him all worried that I am not attracted to him, I try to explain it, but he doesn't know what to do to help.  I have tried a "homoepathic" remedy that was suggested by a collegue, to use ALOE VERA straight from the plant.  I know it sounds bizarre, but if you are getting ready to go to bed, just massage a little on the area, not UP INSIDE but just on the area-mine is usually on inner lips-it soothes it a bit.  Who knows it helped me.
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HI again all, I am really all over the board tonight, but you all should scroll down to the threat on "VAGINAL FISSURES" interesting because they are speaking about the same subject there as we are here, regarding the "paper cut" like sores/lesions/.
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I had a similar problem.  However, mine only occurred once and did come with flu-like symptoms which made it appear to be an STD.  (Maybe those were brought on psychologically?) I was blood-tested negative for herpes several months later.  I do have eczema on my face, though, and maybe there's a link?
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Where do these lesions occur? Mine usually appear in the crease between my leg and vagina. I was told that its not herpes, yet I still don't know what it could be.
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I have this problem too and have been checked several times for herpes.. I have Crohns disease though.. and my underlying problem is my body becomes too acidic easily... I can't eat chocolate or anything tomato based etc... its instant lesions,instant little sores.. unbalanced system I have.. Crohns is autoimmune.. immune system is over active..If you suffer from any kind of acid problem or intestinal unrest its likely the lesions may have something to do with that.. such as irritable bowel etc..I was glad to find this today.. I am not alone..
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Thank you so much for the info.  I have some blood problems that I never linked to the lesions, but now I have to rethink it.  I think I may start keeping a health diary to track my foods and activites to see if there is a corrilation.  Thanks.  Yes Autumnharmony, you are not alone.
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Hello everyone, I was really nervous to first post personal comments on things like this because I thought I was the only one going through symptoms like these. It's a relief that I have others to relate to. The problems that I have been having for the past 3 months or so, are, exactly a week and half before I get my period each month, I break out with these sores. They are painful just as you've all explained. They burn and itch, a little inside and out around the vagina/vagina lips, and I get this discharge like fluid as well. The past couple of times, I have had flu-like symptoms with the breakout, but I've been tested for STD's and I've gotten blood work done to see if it has anything to do with that, and everything came out negative and alright. I've felt like I was alone in this siutation, and the more stressed I get, the worse the symptoms seem to get. I get headaches all the time, get sick to my stomach and lose my appetite sometimes, and I constantly worry because I've always considered myself a clean person. I don't sleep around and I've stayed as cautious as I thought I could be when it comes to these kind of situations. Even though I tested negative for STD's, I still get scared that it's herpes even though I don't see how I could have caught them. I don't understand why the breakout only happens at that exact time before I get my period, along with the discharge and pain. Am I alone on all these symptoms? Does anyone know any answers as to what this could be if it isn't herpes?
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hi everyone, i also have these 'lesions'. i thought that they were due to recurrent sexual abuse, but am unsure now, because it has been over a year since that last happened. i agree that it feels like there are little razor cuts on the labia, which for me are usually just inside. it is painful to urinate after sex, and sometimes, i have prolonged discharge, say for over 24 hours, after sex. it's not the regular kind of discharge, it's watery and carries an odor. i am quite embarrased by all of this, but am searching for the cause. my last gynocologist said that i should use this cream to ease my discomfort. sometimes it helps, but the effects don't last very long. symptoms disappear after 24-36 hours. does anyone else have this discharge? it's more of a nuisance than painful. just wondering. if anyone has any pain-relieving suggestions, i'd appreciate them. thanks.
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Hey,
thanks for your post.  I have been keeping a squirt bottle beside the toilet.  The bottle contains a solution of baking soda and water.  When I have a painful urination I squirt my vaginal region with the baking soda solution and I find it kills the burn at once. It neutralizes the acid so it doesn't burn as much.  As for just general pain relief from the lesions, I really don't have any suggestions.  I have tried several creams and they have never worked.  I live in the VERY hot south.  I keep a couple of damp wash cloths in the freezer.  When the pain is really bad I undress and put the cold towel on my vaginal region.  It doesn't exactly make the pain go away, but it releives it a bit (at least for me).  It could just be relief from the heat, but you may try it.
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I'm sooo glad I'm not alone..I too have seen several doctors and had blood work done...but nobody knows what it is.  My blood work shows signs of herpes 1, which everyone has from cold sores etc...I just went to the doctor again last week to discuss my blood work and to discuss the discomfort I have after sex.  He said to show up immediately to the office when I notice the lesions so he can get a sample of it and run tests...but it's diffinitely hard because of my work schedule.  I do agree that stress may be the cause of it. I have not noticed that it occurs more often before my period...I'm pretty irregular...I get my period every two months...but I'll keep a diary in case. To ease my pain...I apply A&D creme at night...it's like a cream you would apply a baby for diaper rash or something..and it seems to help for me.  I've been dealing with this discomfort for the past 3 years...not all lesions but other problems like yeast, irritation, etc...I'm married and have had the same partner...and it's been hard on our relationship because I don't want sex as much because it hurts.  I also get burning when I tinkle after sex...I try to run warm water down my vagina as I pee to ease the pain.  But I'm glad I'm not alone...thanks for starting this thread. I'm a latina with light skin and brown eyes.
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I am so glad to have found this page because I was absolutely convinced that I was dying.  I will admit that I was stupid and had unprotected sex with a fairly new partner (we used a condom before, but didn't on one occassion).  I woke up the next morning pretty sore - was very dehydrated when we had sex, even stopped sex because I was getting sore during it.  So, initially I just thought it was friction, soreness, post-sex kind of stuff.  It definetely got worse, however, at times itchy, at times sore.  I noticed after standing at a concert for several hours last night I was in so much pain I thought I was going to die - it literally starts throbbing after a while.  I can't tell if I have discharge because I started my period on Sun. (a day after it showed up).  I've taken my hand-mirror out and everything since last night after looking way too long on webmd i was convinced i had herpes.  It defeinetely looks like little tiny tears, no blisters or weird colors.  I used a hydro-cortisone cream because that's all I have.  Any other suggestions of how to manage the symptoms througout the day?  The other weird thing is (which is making me continue to question the possibility of an STD) is that this has never happened to me before.  I've had problems with dryness before and the resulting soreness, but it has never lasted this long.  Does age, medication side-effects have anything to do with it?
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I have suffered from the EXACT same thing you are all describing for the last four years. I was told is it was herpes, then warts then yeast. My blood work shows herpes 1. But when I have "breakouts" the virus is not present. I have ulcerative colitis but have only been diagnosed in the last year. So I don't know if they are related. I have been suffereing from yeast the week before or after my period for the past three consecutive months and am wondering if it has to do with my birth control. So I have decided to try going off it and see of there are any improvments. Every month these "lesions" appear and they have started to go down around my anus. At night it burns and itches, which in turn makes them worse. I have tried EVERYTHING and my doctors are baffled. Any help would be appreciated. I feel lost. I love sex and to be spontaneous with my partner, but I feel as though I am always self concsious now.
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Hey gals,

So I think I'm having the same problem.  In high school I was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst with suspicions of endometriosis and put on Ortho-tricyclen.  I was not sexually active at the time and didnt have any problems.  I was taking this for about 2 1/2 years when the severe cramping, etc. began again and was switched to OrthoNovum 1/35.  Around the same time I began having frequent UTIs/cystitis infections/yeast infections one right after the other and serious vaginal dryness and pain during sex.  It was suspected that the infections were caused by the dryness and pain and I should just use KY so I started doing that.  My infections have pretty much ended, but I keep having the pain and dryness and it's even getting worse.  This week for the first time, I have 3-4 cuts after sex accompanied by a low-grade yeast infection.  I went to the doctor today and was tested for Herpes and given a prescription for Valtrex (which I can't afford).  She said she thought there was a 40% chance it was herpes (my boyfriend gets mouth cold sores, but neither of us has any other history of HSV) and a 60% chance it was "just tears" and said I should just make sure I use KY, which I already do.  Also, I'm supposed to be on my period this week, but I haven't really been having them since I started ortho-novum.

I'm definitely hoping it's not herpes, but I am hoping that it's not what y'all have either!

I guess what I was wondering is do you typically have several tears at the same time?  

Also, I wanted to point out that my doctor said it takes a minimum of 21 days for a vaginal tear to heal so you shouldn't have any sexual contact for at least that much time - a month is better.  She also said from there to slowly return to normal sex.  That sucks for sure, but that's how they supposedly heal.

My stats:

- 20 years old; W/F
- monogomous relationship of 1 year
- 3 sexual partners total - all with condoms (yay safe sex)
- no pets
- college student so i guess thats high stress
- orthotricyclen then orthnovum
- ovarian cyst; light suspicion of endometriosis
- history of dermatitis (dry skin - causes dandruff, etc)
- pending herpes test
- outbreak accompanied by low-grade yeast infection
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Hi everyone,

Umm i get kind of the same thing. I get very itchy, goes from a soft pink to red in colour down there, sore and hurts to pee (I dont have cuts though). My boyfriend of 1 year has got this too. It started about 6 months ago when he came inside me. I was EXTREMELY itchy. From then on after sex (no condom till he is about to ***) being itchy etc started agen then because I couldnt have sex for a week or two after because it was to painful it woudl die down then we woudl have sex and it would all start again. My boyfriend is worried its herpes, I think maybe it is his lube but I have no clue what it is ?!?
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Just an update my outer libia (sp?) is swollen n purple in colour and my inner libia (sp?) has small cuts (probably from my nails scratching)
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i have been having a similar problem for about 3 years. doctors keep diagnosing it as yeast although the only symptom i have in common with yeast is the itching. the yeast medication does seem to work except these 'infections' are so recurring that it boggles my mind. it such an inconvenience especially since my boyfriend and i (monogamous for 1 year) don't get a chance to have sex very often. the last thing i need when tehre is an opporunity is to have to worry about discomfort.

i do not get multiple lesions, i get one and it is in the crease between my vagina lips. i tend to get bumps on one side but i think that is from the itching. this isn't accompanied by any different symptoms than i know of. there is no consistency to when it appears, it just happens. a lot of the times triggered by sex, but not always. however i've always been paranoid about my after-sex regime of washing and goign to the toilet since i had a uti once. it goes away when i have my period and then returns after. mine doesn't really have an 'end' which is why i have been so desperate about a cure-i can't really wait it out unless i take yeast medication. my boyfriend also complained about itching after sex (which is when i had to reveal to him my little problem-the funny thing was that the symptoms hadn't manifested in me at that point so there was no way for me to prevent in him -we don't like using condoms but we may have no choice soon) and he tested positive for yeast. my dr is testing me for herpes right now so i'm waiting on those results. she is alos testing me for a bacterial infection.

its good to see that i'm not alone in this. often i've felt as if i will never be able to enjoy a normal, spontaneous sex life and it's so depressing. reading everyone else's comments make me feel a little less alone. to add i am an east indian female with darker skin.
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HELLO EVERY ONE. GLAD TO SEE THAT THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER WOMAN WITH THE SAME PROBLEM AND THAT WE DO HAVE SOMEWHERE TO GO AND DISCUSS THEM PRIVATELY. WELL I THINK THAT I HAVE A SIMILAR CONDITION. I AM A LESBIAN AND HAVE BEEN IN A MANOGOMOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH MY GIRLFRIEND FOR THE PAST 6 MONTHS. RECENTLY DURING SEX I OBTAINED A VAGINAL TEAR, BUT IT WASN'T REALLY THAT BAD. AFTER A DAY OR SO IT BEGAN TO GET WORSE AND MORE PAINFUL. I BOUGHT A TUBE OF NEOSPRIN OINTMENT TO HELP IN HEALING AND AID IN PAIN RELIEF TO NO AVAIL. IT JUST KEPT GETTING WORSE. AFTER A DAY OR SO MORE I BEGAN TO NOTICE SOME BLISTERED AREAS ON MY LABIA. I THOUGHT NOTHING OF IT BECAUSE I SHAVE DOWN THERE AND THOUGHT THEY MIGHT JUST BE HAIR OR RAZOR BUMPS. BY THE NEXT DAY THE BUMPS WERE MORE PAINFUL. IT WAS BEGINNING TO BECOME UNCOMFORTABLE TO SIT, STAND, OR EVEN WALK. I THEN GREW CONCERNED. BY THE NEXT DAY THEY HAD OPENED UP AND WERE OPEN BLISTERED AREAS. NOW THEY LOOK REALLY BAD AND IT SEEMS TO BE SPREADING. THE LESIONS HAVE A WHITE ***** LOOKING FILM OVER THEM. THEY 10 TIMES MORE PAINFUL. I'V BEEN TAKING MOTRIN 800MG TO HELP THE SWELLING AND TO EASE THE PAIN. IT HELPS A LITTLE AND FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT I WANT THE PROBLEM SOLVED. I WAS ACTUALLY ON-LINE LOOKING AT SOME PICTURES OF VAGINAL HERPES AND COMPARING THEM TO MY CONDITION. THE PICTURES AND THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS SEEM TO BE CLASSIC OF WHAT I HAVE. HOWEVER I CAN'T THINK OF A TIME THAT I MIGHT HAVE BEEN EXPOSED. OVER THE LAST 3 YEARS I HAVE ONLY HAD 3 OTHER FEMALE SEXUAL PARTNERS. 1 WAS A LONG TERM 2YR RELATIONSHIP AND SHE NEVER HAD THIS PROBLEM. 1 WAS A WEEKED-STAND AND THE OTHER IS MY CURRENT GIRLFRIEND. I'M GOING TO THE DOCTORS TOMORROW TO GET THIS LOOKED AT. I REALLY HOPE THAT IT'S NOT HERPES. I HOPE THAT IT'S A YEAST. BUT I'VE NEVER SEEN A YEAST LIKE THIS BEFORE. I'M A NURSE OF 7 YRS AND STILL I'M DUMBFOUNDED. ANYWAYS IF THIS IS A CONDITION THAT YOU THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT AND DO TRY THE MOTRIN. IT HELPS.
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HELLO EVERY ONE. GLAD TO SEE THAT THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER WOMAN WITH THE SAME PROBLEM AND THAT WE DO HAVE SOMEWHERE TO GO AND DISCUSS THEM PRIVATELY. WELL I THINK THAT I HAVE A SIMILAR CONDITION. I AM A LESBIAN AND HAVE BEEN IN A MANOGOMOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH MY GIRLFRIEND FOR THE PAST 6 MONTHS. RECENTLY DURING SEX I OBTAINED A VAGINAL TEAR, BUT IT WASN'T REALLY THAT BAD. AFTER A DAY OR SO IT BEGAN TO GET WORSE AND MORE PAINFUL. I BOUGHT A TUBE OF NEOSPRIN OINTMENT TO HELP IN HEALING AND AID IN PAIN RELIEF TO NO AVAIL. IT JUST KEPT GETTING WORSE. AFTER A DAY OR SO MORE I BEGAN TO NOTICE SOME BLISTERED AREAS ON MY LABIA. I THOUGHT NOTHING OF IT BECAUSE I SHAVE DOWN THERE AND THOUGHT THEY MIGHT JUST BE HAIR OR RAZOR BUMPS. BY THE NEXT DAY THE BUMPS WERE MORE PAINFUL. IT WAS BEGINNING TO BECOME UNCOMFORTABLE TO SIT, STAND, OR EVEN WALK. I THEN GREW CONCERNED. BY THE NEXT DAY THEY HAD OPENED UP AND WERE OPEN BLISTERED AREAS. NOW THEY LOOK REALLY BAD AND IT SEEMS TO BE SPREADING. THE LESIONS HAVE A WHITE ***** LOOKING FILM OVER THEM. THEY 10 TIMES MORE PAINFUL. I'V BEEN TAKING MOTRIN 800MG TO HELP THE SWELLING AND TO EASE THE PAIN. IT HELPS A LITTLE AND FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT I WANT THE PROBLEM SOLVED. I WAS ACTUALLY ON-LINE LOOKING AT SOME PICTURES OF VAGINAL HERPES AND COMPARING THEM TO MY CONDITION. THE PICTURES AND THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS SEEM TO BE CLASSIC OF WHAT I HAVE. HOWEVER I CAN'T THINK OF A TIME THAT I MIGHT HAVE BEEN EXPOSED. OVER THE LAST 3 YEARS I HAVE ONLY HAD 3 OTHER FEMALE SEXUAL PARTNERS. 1 WAS A LONG TERM 2YR RELATIONSHIP AND SHE NEVER HAD THIS PROBLEM. 1 WAS A WEEKED-STAND AND THE OTHER IS MY CURRENT GIRLFRIEND. I'M GOING TO THE DOCTORS TOMORROW TO GET THIS LOOKED AT. I REALLY HOPE THAT IT'S NOT HERPES. I HOPE THAT IT'S A YEAST. BUT I'VE NEVER SEEN A YEAST LIKE THIS BEFORE. I'M A NURSE OF 7 YRS AND STILL I'M DUMBFOUNDED. ANYWAYS IF THIS IS A CONDITION THAT YOU THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT AND DO TRY THE MOTRIN. IT HELPS.
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HELLO EVERY ONE. GLAD TO SEE THAT THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER WOMAN WITH THE SAME PROBLEM AND THAT WE DO HAVE SOMEWHERE TO GO AND DISCUSS THEM PRIVATELY. WELL I THINK THAT I HAVE A SIMILAR CONDITION. I AM A LESBIAN AND HAVE BEEN IN A MANOGOMOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH MY GIRLFRIEND FOR THE PAST 6 MONTHS. RECENTLY DURING SEX I OBTAINED A VAGINAL TEAR, BUT IT WASN'T REALLY THAT BAD. AFTER A DAY OR SO IT BEGAN TO GET WORSE AND MORE PAINFUL. I BOUGHT A TUBE OF NEOSPRIN OINTMENT TO HELP IN HEALING AND AID IN PAIN RELIEF TO NO AVAIL. IT JUST KEPT GETTING WORSE. AFTER A DAY OR SO MORE I BEGAN TO NOTICE SOME BLISTERED AREAS ON MY LABIA. I THOUGHT NOTHING OF IT BECAUSE I SHAVE DOWN THERE AND THOUGHT THEY MIGHT JUST BE HAIR OR RAZOR BUMPS. BY THE NEXT DAY THE BUMPS WERE MORE PAINFUL. IT WAS BEGINNING TO BECOME UNCOMFORTABLE TO SIT, STAND, OR EVEN WALK. I THEN GREW CONCERNED. BY THE NEXT DAY THEY HAD OPENED UP AND WERE OPEN BLISTERED AREAS. NOW THEY LOOK REALLY BAD AND IT SEEMS TO BE SPREADING. THE LESIONS HAVE A WHITE ***** LOOKING FILM OVER THEM. THEY 10 TIMES MORE PAINFUL. I'V BEEN TAKING MOTRIN 800MG TO HELP THE SWELLING AND TO EASE THE PAIN. IT HELPS A LITTLE AND FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT I WANT THE PROBLEM SOLVED. I WAS ACTUALLY ON-LINE LOOKING AT SOME PICTURES OF VAGINAL HERPES AND COMPARING THEM TO MY CONDITION. THE PICTURES AND THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS SEEM TO BE CLASSIC OF WHAT I HAVE. HOWEVER I CAN'T THINK OF A TIME THAT I MIGHT HAVE BEEN EXPOSED. OVER THE LAST 3 YEARS I HAVE ONLY HAD 3 OTHER FEMALE SEXUAL PARTNERS. 1 WAS A LONG TERM 2YR RELATIONSHIP AND SHE NEVER HAD THIS PROBLEM. 1 WAS A WEEKED-STAND AND THE OTHER IS MY CURRENT GIRLFRIEND. I'M GOING TO THE DOCTORS TOMORROW TO GET THIS LOOKED AT. I REALLY HOPE THAT IT'S NOT HERPES. I HOPE THAT IT'S A YEAST. BUT I'VE NEVER SEEN A YEAST LIKE THIS BEFORE. I'M A NURSE OF 7 YRS AND STILL I'M DUMBFOUNDED. ANYWAYS IF THIS IS A CONDITION THAT YOU THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT AND DO TRY THE MOTRIN. IT HELPS.
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alright, i think this is similar to what i have been experienced... for a brief in my history... i had a cyst on my left ovary rupture when i was 19 and they diagnosed me with endometreosis... awesomely painful and you never know when. i'm 22 now and i haven't had a large one pop in a while. i also have subcutaneous cysts, my doctor said... i was at the gyno and freaked out cause there was a bump on my lip... it got really sore but wasn't an actual sore. it was deep under and went away after a while (the hormones in the pill definitely have an affect on the entire vagina... cysts of any type can be caused from change in levels of hormones). i've been off and on two types of b.c. since the cyst, i hate it... i'm a thin fair woman with pretty ok periods, after the cyst pop i was put on yasim... i thought i was going to bleed to death one day... i was a hormonal mess and refused to take it after that... i started seeing a chinese/homeo doctor and did accupuncture which really got me back to regular and we did diet monotoring, (vegetarian for life too) and things came back to a normal. i DO think stress has something to do with it, i can really stress, tough life sure, but once you start stressing sometimes it's hard, you worry and such and it really really affects my body now... i've never had any soreness till very recently with my now boyfriend who is very understanding, it might be due to him being larger but i don't think that's just it. about 5-6 months ago i was with someone else and one night after sex i went to the bathroom and i was covered in blood... him too. i tore something. it was so so so painful... the next day i bought some betadine/water douche and witchazel wipes. i've never douched before, but i had to clean the cut, it was bad. the solution really helped, i did it twice in the shower, along with the wipes when i urinated. aloe, like i read above, is what a best friend recomended... i think with something like this, natural is the best. witchazel is such a mellow cleanser. vitamin E on dry spots too. SO ever since then, i've been much more sensitive to sex. my vagina does NOT like comdoms, i start to smell when i use trogans... and now that i've been tested and negative and now with a serious partner i've been trying to find something to make this comfortable. i love sex a lot and betadine and bottled fresh, i'll even say expensive bottled water about 1 to ten parts for a douche really really helps, it doesn't screw with the ph down there. doesn't burn either, really takes the pain away. i don't have anything on the outside i can see, i've even felt around with my fingers and it's just tender but sex kills, sometimes when i pee too. i wonder if it's the detergent or soap, i'm going to get unscented today... no dryer sheets, yuck. i've also really found that glycerine uncented soaps are very gental too.... my aunt is a midwife and she said the vagina is very susceptable to tears and they are more common than we think. just like everyone else i'm glad but not i'm not alone.... just when you have enough things to worry about, your vagina shouldn't bother this bad right? but try what i said above... i've been looking around online all day to find something. take care.
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I was on here looking for information and I came across your comment nursegrl, it seems we have had the same situation.  I too am a lesbian in a relatinship with my girlfriend for 16 months. Recently after sex I noticed a small tear or cut between the labia major and minor. It was like the area was wet and just split, before when this has happened I would just let it heal. This time I felt like maybe neosporin would help it. Within a day of using that ointment I developed small blisters on my labia minor and major,, The areas where the blisters came up seem to be where the ointment could have touched. This has never happened to me before and it is very painful. I read on the ointment tube that it was for external use only, and I am wondering if maybe it burned that area, or caused some sort of damage;.because the blisters did not show til after use of the ointment. I have made an appointment with ob/gyn but it is not until the 24th of this month. Please tell me how your appointment went and if this could have been caused by the ointment.  I am glad to know that someone else tried the same treatment as myself.. Thank you for posting.
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hey ladies. well i must admit im having some what of the same problem. Its confusing as hell because you all story is so much like mine but at the same time a lot of the sympotms are different so im not absolutely sure that its the same problem. But i do develop a lesion i dont know how often but its less than once a month. It just happens, radomly. But it is always in the same spot and i always know when its coming because it just starts off as a real itchy burning sensation but in the same area as its always in so i know whats happening. The thing is mine lasts for about a week and this time (yesterday) when it developed it also came along with a weird vaginal discharge. Thick and kind of a off white color. The discharge doesnt make me itch and it does not have an odor but it ofcourse iritates the sore area because its wet. what i would call "the lesion", is red it looks like a blister that has popped kind of and it just starts off as itchy and red skin but then develops more into a blister after a couple of days. I dont know what to do and i havent been to the doctor about it. Ive been tested for all std's blood work and pap since this first started about a year ago and they havent said anything was positive so i just deal with it. I have had unprotected sex before but they havent had problems as far as i know. Its good to know that im not alone although i would not wish this upon any other woman. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and listening to mine
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My fiance' found this forum for me, actually under vaginal tears. A few of you have these herpes like symptoms, but have tested negative? I am dumbfounded too. I think you have to go to the gyno when you have the tears/lesions, so they can see and test. I'm sure it's possible to have false negatives and positives. It is also possible to carry the virus for years and not have an outbreak. Herpes doesn't always look like the textbook. Mine started off looking and feeling like a little cut right at my opening. It wouldn't heal. Then I found out I have herps. So everytime we had sex after that I thought I was having an outbreak. But no, my skin tears in the exact spot, sometimes it's a bigger tear.  Good luck to all of you in finding a solution or cure. I'm desperate.
Another thing that happend to me almost 10 years ago..sex was painful with my partner. I checked out the goods and noticed some tears right on the inside. The gyno said I had a mild yeast infection and it makes your skin extra tender. He gave me something for the yeast and a cream of some sort for the tears.  I healed fine and never had another problem like that.  I just wish that was my problem now. This is a big strain on my relationship and although I got it from my fiance I feel bad about making him stay with me.
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I just came across this thread after searching the internet for Vaginal lesions - It's interesting to see so many people with the same symptoms as me.

I also get the "paper cut" type sores on my vagina - normally they appear around the time of my period or after having sex...so I end up suffering with these quite a lot.
I did have a full STD check a few months back... and mainly asked to be checked for Herpes - but the results were negative on everything(I have heard that there is a high FALSE negative rate with Herpes testing anyway. I still think the reason i'm getting these lesions is because I have herpes - I'll tell you why....

My fiance has "classic" herpes symptoms - he gets the blisters which occur every now and then in the same two parts on his body. He hasn't been tested yet but it's obvious exactly what he has after doing extensive research on STD's etc..
What i'm not understanding is why i'm not getting those "classic" symptoms??...and only getting these paper type lesions??? it's really confusing. I also think that because the majority of people - including doctors think that Herpes is only "Blisters" that when they see these paper cuts they don't think it is herpes. I also believe that the blisters are easier to get a positive herpes result from than these paper cuts - If you think about it blisters have puss inside....paper cuts don't have that right?...
Anyway i'm rambling on now....but I just wanted to say to you girls - do not rule out herpes altogether because you've had a negative result back - or because they are not the classic herpes symptoms your getting.

Take care.
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hey guys.. ok so FINALLY i've found other people with the same problem what a relief! anyway i can remember getting these "paper-cut" like symptoms for like 6 years now.. I've had 4 sexual partners but even had this when my boyfriend and me had sex and we were virgins. So i figured maybe having other partners i'd have an STD so i got tested and everything was negative. I still drive myself crazy everytime i get these things but thank god i know i'm not the only one. The only thing about having herpes and it being false and negative is that getting tested is a blood test so if it's in your blood i dont think it can easily hide from the test.  So if you've been tested and you're negative i think you should be fine. also just wondering if theres anything you guys put on it that can be bought in the stores? well anyway just wanted to give my imput and feel so much better i'm not the weirdo i thought i was with this problem!
all the best to everyone :)
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I started this thread in hopes of finding people like me, and WOW I did.  I am sorry for the women who are suffering with this, but I am also comforted that I am not alone.  As far as the question of herpes.... Yes the symptoms are like classic herpes (except flu like symptoms. I never have those), but I have been tested for herpes 4 times: one blood test and 3 culture tests from the actual vaginal lesions.  I did find one doctor years ago that believed it was caused by friction.  My
husband and I started using a lubricant and things did get much better (I recommend Astroglide. It has worked well for me).   I have had this condition for over ten years now and the occurrence has lessened greatly, but that could be for the fact that my sexual activity has lessen greatly also (having kids, growing old).  
I don
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I'm glad you mentioned that you think this could be a "different" strain of herpes. I've also thought that - hence the reason why dr's etc seem clueless to what is causing these "paper type cuts". I think the worse thing about having this is the not knowing 100% what it is...and it looks like that will stay the case at this moment in time. I thought maybe after a while that these cuts would become less frequent - but after reading your post i'm thinking that more than likely that wont be the case. Do you know what I find the most worrying thing about all this? ... That if this in fact herpes ( which i'm still thinking it is)there are so many people out there that are being told that it's not - and they're still sleeping with other people. I hope one day we all get the answers we are looking for....

Oh and btw - I also do not believe for one second that this is a vaginal infection.

Take care.
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*Should say "yeast infection" at the bottom of my previous post.
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Just thought i'd post this info I found about herpes - not many sites that have information on herpes mention the "paper cut".



"The appearance of herpes lesions and the experience of outbreaks in these areas varies tremendously among individuals. Herpes lesions on/near the genitals may look like cold sores. An outbreak may look like a paper cut, or chafing, or appear to be a yeast infection. Symptoms of a genital outbreak may include aches and pains in the area, discharge from the penis or vagina, and discomfort when urinating.

Initial outbreaks are usually more severe than subsequent ones, and generally also involve flu-like symptoms and swollen glands for a week or so. Subsequent outbreaks tend to be periodic or episodic, typically occur four to five times a year, and can be triggered by stress, illness, fatigue, menstruation, and other
changes. The virus sequesters in the nerve ganglia that serve the infected dermatome during non-eruptive periods, where it cannot be conventionally eliminated by the body's immune system."




Also, I was wondering if any of you girls suffer with backache or a tingling sensation in your legs every now and then????
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I'm so relieve to find this sight.  I too have this and my ob/gyn didn't have any information. However, my friend had a similar experience and her ob/gyn said it was a fungal infection.  She and I had both been on antibiotics for roseacea for a long period of time.  Anyways, she used an anti-fungal cream and it went away.  I had a yeast infection and used a cream for that.  It did not do the trick.  So, I am going to try the antifungal cream next. FYI...she is sexually inactive and I am married in a monogomous relationship for 8 years.  Maype this will help.
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"Just Me" thanks for your thoughts also. I remember when my fiance and I first started dating, well several months in. He called me really upset and said something was on his penis. We met up at my place and I had a look over. I wish I had been better educated at the time. I told him it couldn't be herpes. It didn't look like that could be it. Seriously, he had like a pink dot on his shaft. So I didn't think it was anything and 2 weeks later I'm getting this little cut that won't heal. Ta-da! My x had thought the same thing, only his looked much worse, then I discovered he was using my "hand & nail" lotion to pleasure himself. It was one of those lotions with alph-hydroxy. So we are told that herpes are these oozing painful sores! And they're not. I believe the statistics are 1 in 3 people have herpes and half of them don't know it.
Stress will definintely bring on an outbreak.  My fiance takes a pill everyday and I don't take anything until I have an outbreak. And that's maybe once a year. And mine have never been the "textbook" outbreak. I get real tired, more than usual. And a few outbreaks have been pretty uncomfortable. But nothing like some of my friends have said theirs have been. So I don't know.  Oh and the way I found out was when I was at the gyno and said this cut wouldn't heal. She didn't even notice it.  But she stuck a q-tip in the but, OUCH! And it came back positive.  But that spot is where I will tear during intercourse, even with a ton of lube. Sometimes it splits in 3 places, and sometimes it does it with a bowel movement.
The premarin seems to toughen the skin, but you have to use it every night, and refrain from sex for a month.  If you quit using it or forget, it will thin out again.  So that's the only solution that's been given to me.  I'm thinking I should become the crazy lady with all the animals.
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Alot to read here, and it's a lot of medical terms but maybe it will help someone.  Here's the link http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic3340.htm
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Hi. I don't know if anyone will read this because the most recent comment is in 2005, but I just found this sight, and am SOOOO happy that I did. I have been married for almost 10 years, and my husband and I were virgins when we got married. All of the sudden in the last 2 months, I have developed the same symptoms that everyone else is complaining about: the paper cuts, the painful urination, the burning and itching, etc. My doctor immediately said he thought for sure it was herpes. But, I don't understand why it would happen now. My only thought was that I had a stillborn baby 2 months ago, and ever since I have had all of these symptoms. Very strange. If anyone finds anything out, PLEASE HELP! I am in so much pain! Thanks for this sight!! It helps me know that I am not alone.
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Wow, I just did a search after suffering similar symptoms for about 3 years. After several negative herpes tests, I have also been told that my lesions are caused by yeast, just that my body reacts differently than most.    Sounds like a lot of us have the same thing going on, and I'm not that different after all!!  Thank you everyone for sharing your expereriences, and letting me know that I'm not the only one!!
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I just found this website that was very informative about similar symptoms that we have been experiencing. Check this out:
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Hi everyone, Im only 17 and i have been going through this same thing since before i even started to have sex, so to all of you that think that it could be coming after you have sex...i dont think that could be the problem... However i did start to get them maybe 6 months after i had my first period, so maybe it could be something to do with our cycle.
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called 2fl, sorry but I didn't see a posted website...I also agree that this has been a great site to compare...I wonder if anyone who posted back in 05 could come back and repost updates!!

Everyone, hi there, I'm really curious because Im about to go to the store tomorrow for the exact same paper-cut, severe burning, itching, just as I was starting my period.  My sexual activity has been more sporadic over the past couple of years, with various partners, and mostly safe-sex (I know it's terrible to have to use the word mostly, there).

At any rate, I need to add a couple questions about possible similarities amongst these women and myself...

For something that's not similar, I don't think skin color has too much to do with it, since I'm a caucasian woman of Spanish descent (tan easily, rarely burn), age 24 (so this seems to be hitting a range of ages, too).

I had an ovarian cyst, too, at a young age of 19.  I had it removed and was not told of any future concerns.  I`ve noticed many other women listed cysts.  

Also, I'm curious how many women have been *successful* mothers when it comes to conceiving.  I have never conceived to my knowledge, but it is surprising provided circumstances in previous relationships (a lot of unprotected sex in long term relationships).

My two last sexual times (twice over the past month..those were the first times in over three or four months and a clean bill of health from the obgyn checkup) were quite painful, so that I had to stop.  After the second time (with a condom), we noticed bleeding, too.  I thought that maybe I had been cut by a fingernail.  

I have noticed that rubbing/mild self-stimulation not on the sore area, but slightly above near clitoris, quickly eases the pain for a bit (enough not to leave the bathroom with a terribly pained look on my face).

That's the thing, though.  This is a severe amount of pain, while the itching feels similar to mild yeast infections I've had from antibiotics.

I've been traveling in Asia for the past month, though, so I wonder how much of this could be related to change in diet, different variety of condoms, difference in water or diet, different types of yogurt even, etc.

I'm still using tampons, but it is quite painful.  I think it's easier to keep the area cleaner.

I'm really curious if anyone has had any medicine they swear by, especially over the counter, as my insurance is quite terrible (over $350 for my last obgyn check up, which was supposed to be my *complimentary check up....I'll take those complaints to a different message board, though =).....nevertheless, OTC or better yet, natural product recommendations are appreciated.


All for now...thanks!
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A few more things since I've started to read a couple of other threads...

I have used Alesse bc before, but recently began to use a foreign brand.

I have never had remarkably sensitive skin before.

I have begun to use proactiv skin products (which I throw out there just because its among my recent changes at all close to the same time as this)

I have also had a difficult time lubricating (naturally) for sex.

Also, please mention if you do have the itching or not.  (I do.)  

I think maybe the sores/blisters are in a different category than the cuts.


Thanks, ladies!  I really appreciate the support available here....it is definitely an area and time when you don't want to feel as though you're the only one out there!!
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I literally have been laying in bed crying today because of this same issue.  I believe it was divine intervention that I found this site.  I am so relieved to know that I am not the only woman experiencing this very thing.  

About 7 years ago I was diagnosed with HPV.  I was in a long term relationship being sexually active.  One day I noticed "sores" on my partner's penis.  I immediately became scared and made an appointment to see my doctor.  My tests concluded that I was infected with HPV.  How devastating!  

Well, a lot has changed in my life since that day I received the news of the STD.  I have ended the relationship with that man (finding that he had been unfaithful to me on many many occasions), have changed my eating habits, quit smoking, and began exercsising regularly, all of which I was instructed to do by my doctor.  I have also dedicated my life to Christ and have married a wonderful, handsome Christian man.  Needless to say, I am not the same woman I was 7 years ago when I was being sexually permissive.  

With that said, in the beginning of my dating relationship with my husband I was brought to the point where I had to share with him that I was infected with an STD.  I knew our relationship was progressing toward marriage and I had to share the horrifying news with him because I knew that once we were married we would begin having sex, unprotected sex.  I had to be honest with him and it was one of the most difficult, embarassing days of my life.  I wasn't sure he could understand the life I had lived before him.  Well to my surprise, he didn't walk away from me that day, but rather decided that would be the day he would tell me he loved me.  How exciting!  But, it still didn't change the fact that I was infected, he was not, and on our wedding night.....he would be.  I was lost.  I had no idea what to do. I loved him and did not him to suffer for the mistakes I had made before him.  So, I did the only thing I knew to do.  I began praying. I had other women begin praying with me for healing.  We prayed for over a year and before we were married I had my annual appointment and received the shocking news that all my tests were negative.  It was a divine miracle!  

Well, to this day all of my tests continue to come back negative, but I still suffer from the "paper cut" symptoms.  I was so relieved to hear you all describe it like "paper cuts" because that is the very thing I have always compared it to.  To be quite honest, I don't ever remember having them before my husband and I were married.  I am so thankful I am not alone in this.  It is such a painful and embarassing mystery.  It is the worst itching/burning sensation I have ever encountered.  I am sorry that you all experience this as well, but am thankful I am not going crazy and thankful that you all shared your story.  I keep telling my husband that we can't have sex when I get them because I know it is resulting from the STD.  He always assures me of the negative results.  

So today I decided to do some research, once again, and stumbled upon this site!  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  I am NOT alone!  In fact, I am headed back to the doctor once again this week, but am certain the results will be negative.  You all will be in my prayers as we all struggle through this great mystery together!  

With Christ's Love
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hey ladies, before going into my gyno i decided to do some research (you know, to prepare myself for any bad news). I am 22 years of age. I have been with my boyfriend for 21/2 years now, but were on a 4 month break before. A month after our break I went to get a pap and i had a yeast infection as well as Chlamydia!! (yeah i know my boyfriend had some explaining to do). Anyway we were both treated. A month later i went in to get lab work for STDs and came back negative. Since then (1 1/2 ago) we have been monogamous partners. Well just last week i came across some itching, little discharge, and pain when peeing. I thought it was another yeast infection since the itching and little discharge is usually normal a week before my period. Only this time my boyfriend also had the symptoms. He experienced lesions, itching, discharge, and even swelling. I also found lesions on both my libias and they hurt soooooo bad, they have made me cry while in the shower. They first looked like sores but then i guess they popped.They are reddish looking and AGAIN painful. I bought yeast infection cream thinking the "cuts" were going to clear up, but I was wrong. I've never had these cuts before and Im freaking out especially when there's a chance it might be herpes! I will be going to the gyno and will keep you ladies updated.  
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Hmm... I posted something similar earlier today about "paper cuts" on the labia, mine right above my clitoral hood and once on the right side between the majora and minora as someone else described. How strange that so many women are complaining about this and yet no resolution has been suggested here. I know it's not an issue of sensitive skin or dryness; at least, I am perfectly comfortable with no problems every month up until around the time of ovulation, so maybe it's hormones as someone suggested. The strange thing I have is a dark brown discharge - no one else has mentioned that. I have not been sexually active for a while and I never noticed my symptoms to coincide with sex. I have been tested negative for herpes several times, so I find it very difficult to imagine that what I and everyone else have is herpes. But dammit, if so many people seem to have this then why isn't there a diagnosis! Soker I hope that you let your GYN know that other women are describing similar symptoms and in turn let us know what you find out.
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it's amazing to me that there seem to be no professional answers in the medical industry for this strange problem that many women seem to have.  I am 20 years old and just noticed these paper-cut lesions on my labia.  I had 2 small ones yesterday, but this morning when I checked there was another one!  I have had hormonal issues ever since going through puberty, and my body is still abnormal in that respect: when I was 16 years old I had matured physically (breasts, hips, etc.) but still had not started menstruating--odd considering my mom started her period when she was 9 years old.  When I became sexually active (at 16) I went to the doctor to see what was going on and why I didn't have my period and they immediately put me on birth control pills, which made me miserable, moody and bloated almost  constantly, but did make me finally get my period.  Anyway, about a year after I started taking the pills I developed an ovarian cyst the size of a grapefruit, and had to have very painful surgery (cut through my abdomen like a c-section) to remove it during my first year of college.  I began to learn about natural medicine around this time and finally got of the birth control pills and was taking an herbal extract on a daily basis to deal with hormonal imbalances, particularly the ratio between estrogen and progesterone.  It's called vitex elixir for women: http://www.gaiaherbs.com/product.php?id=268 .  If you have pms it is very helpful, and would most likely be beneficial for these paper cut issues.  I recently developed several lesions, and although mine are not painful, they do seem to go away when I am using the elixir on a daily basis (it takes about 3 weeks of consistent use for me to notice the effects).  I would recommend this for women who are NOT on the pill--you wouldn't want to mix those two things together.  Any whole foods or natural foods/health store should carry the product... it has definitely helped me out a lot with the mysterious ways of my body, and I REALLY hope that someone starts doing some research on whatever is affecting all of us women.  Though we live in a partriarchal capitalist society there is no reason for health issues affecting women to go ignored like this.  I don't have much faith in modern medicine to begin with, and tend to go the natural route whenever possible (I am a certified herbalist and have educated myself thoroughly so that I can avoid putting my trust in doctors) but this is something that I obviously am not educated/experienced enough to diagnose or know how to treat, so I really hope the doctors and gynecologists out there wake up to the fact that there is a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the female body that is missing from modern science and medicine.  I am going to schedule a gyn appointment for this week, and I would encourage all the women out there who are suffering from this problem to do the same, even if you have gone previously, and bring up this website and the fact that there seem to be A LOT of women suffering from this problem & we would benefit greatly from some developments in the medical community.
Sorry for such a long post--I hope you are all doing well & that your health improves.
--j
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Ladies, my test came back positive for herpes type 2! I am so devasted, but I am not as depressed thanks to my friends. My ex-boyfriend gave me a disease that will stay with me for the rest of my life. All I can say is that the mother @!#$%^ didn't take my dignity away. The one issue i face in the future is having to tell my next partner (because i still plan to get married and have kids) about my situation. I mean what is he going to think of me. Oh well I guess i will have to deal with that when my time comes. For now, I have to focus on taking care of myself. All I can say to those ladies out there who were infected by a monogamous parnter is to keep your little faces up, everything will be fine, and I know there is a great guy out there who will accept us despite our circoumstances. For those whose tests came out negative, i totally forgot to ask about you. I am sorry, I just had so many things going through my head.
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I have the same symptoms and just want to suggest a little remedy for the pain. Put some plain yogurt (with Yogurt Cultures in it) on a tampon and put it in your vagina. This absolutely soothes the pain and discomfort. It's a great natural remedy for yeast infections and also seems to work with these sores.
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I was exposed to gentle warts and didn't know. Its been two months since I have had sex with that person and we did use a condom, but after sex we just played around and his penis was just rubbing around my vaginal area. about 3 days ago i found out he has gentle warts, so i took a look to see if i had any unusuel bumps or swelling. only thing i seen was a little puffyness around my vaginal opening and it's kind of pinkish white but more pink. They dont itch or burn unless I touch them. I have had some urinating problems. I keep having the sensation that I have to pee, but there is nothing there. It;s very frustrating. It only happens once a month, and it started right after i had sex with him. I dont know if this is gentle warts and i need some advice.
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Hi there!  This is to all the women that are talking about symptoms of paper cut like sores.  I have been getting them on and off for almost three years now.  I have been tested for Herpes quite a few times (blood tests and swab tests) and they all come back negative.  My ex actually has Herpes, but my doctor said that the sores/cuts look more like fissures that are not healing. He told me not to wear thongs, which I always wear and not to wear any underwear when I go to bed so the air can get to them and dry them out. He also said that the Pill/hormones can cause the skin to become thinner, which causes cuts/fissures.  Anyway, now the doc thinks I need a biopsy, because he said that since they are not healing, he wants to make sure that we're not missing anything else.  Well, I'll let you know what happens.  By the way, I am on the pill non-cyclical, which means I don't get my period as I have endometriosis and this way my condition stays calm.  So, I don't think getting your period has anything to do with it, since I don't get them, but the pill might. Also, if it ever does turn out that I do have Herpes, I will sue my ex-boyfriend.  
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I have been diagnosed with herpes type 1 (the cold sore type) on my genitals for approx 2 years. symptoms were very slight, just a prickly, open skin feeling which is similar to that which id get from having waxing of the labia. sexual intercourse since diagnosis was pain free and incident free and most of the time i wld forget i was even diagnosed with herpes. I have since met a new partner and have had problems since. Knowing i had herpes i did the right thing and told him straight away and he was very understanding and didnt make an issue of the matter. He also has type 1 herpes on his mouth. We had been using condoms for awhile until things got serious and for convenience sake decided i would go on the pill and stop using condoms. Since then i have been experiencing terrible pain during sex and have come up with three large sores, two on each upper corner of the vaginal entrance and one on the lower entrance to my vagina. Thinking they must be herpes i started taking valtrex as an eposodic treatment. I went to my gp also for a test just to make sure and the swab came back negative. Ever since then they have taken a long time to heal and after a couple of weeks of no sex, i think they have healed, they keep splitting open each time we have intercourse. to make matters worse my partner has quite a thick penis which doesnt help the pressure on these three areas. im now going to try and go for a month without sex and see if it will be the answer as i have read on this page a tear can take 21 days to heal, and a month is a good length of time to try. Im just hoping once they do heal properly, they wont re open once we have sex again. it is such a painful experience and makes sex alot less enjoyable. my partner has never come up with any symptoms on his penis either, even when we have had intercourse when my sores were present. The herpes swab test that came back negative has just made matters confusing as im not 100 per cent sure what im dealing with, but i do understand there is a high chance of a false negative if the swab wasnt taken properly by the doc.
Glad there is somewhere i can vent my woes. does this happen to anyone else?
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I am so happy to know that I am not alone and I'm not crazy. I too suffer from this and my doctor has ran test and blood work and nothing. I have been married for almost 18 years and this started about a year ago and it hasn't gotten any better. I don't know what caused it or how to stop it but it's nice to know that I am not alone. Also, I don't think it's only common in fair skin females since I am a tan person of Latin decent. If anyone ever comes accross a cure please post it.
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I am so glad to hear that other people have been going through this.  Fortunately for me, I have only had 2 instances in the last 13 months.  For me, both have occurred right after my period and usually when it's really hot out.  I have also noticed that they usually happen when I have been working out quite a bit and have been sweating a lot.  I haven't been to my doctor though because I am in the military and don't have one specific doctor that I can see.  Also, I have been afreaid to visit one in case something really bad comes back.  My husband and I have been monogomous for nearly 4 years and if it's something worse, I don't want to have to confront him.
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Hi all,  It is rather interesting and sad to hear so many women complaing about symptoms that has no diagnosis.  My situation is a bit different however.  Every other month, at least a week and a half before my period and sometimes after I keep getting these blisters around the vagina lips which itches and is a bit sore (only if i scratch it or after i had a shower)  My ob/gyn keeps telling me that it's a yeast infection and i usually just get over the counter drugs to treat it or he would prescripe an oral dose when it happens during mensuration.  I also notice that i get it when i use pads.  I'm not sure why.  It's a bit of a nuisance and i sometimes get worried when it happens every month.  I took an HIV test as well as diabetes since those are one of the reasons for recurrent yeast  but they came back negative.  I also took a test for Herpes last year after i had a blister by my mouth but that too back back negative.  I have tried stopping the pill since this may be a contributing factor, but when i do i keep getting ovarian cyst. i am prone to getting them and have been taking yasmin to help the growth since i had to have surgery to remove one.  I'm not sure if anyone else is experiencing those episodes of the blisters and yeast but I do worry about it.  I hope someone can help.
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Hello everyone,

I have been searching for a solution to this problem for months now. For the past year I have been having recurrent severe yeast infections, or as my gyno says a higher level of  "natural" yeast at all times it seems! So that has been going on for about a year and prob about I don't know, 6 months ago? I started having a lot of soreness with sex. Same monogamous partner, over a year. Both tested for STDs, both negative. In the past few months every time I wipe after going to the bathroom (especially after sex) I have spotting of blood. I localized the blood to be coming from the lower opening of my vagina. Shortly after that I started having the paper cut-esque symptoms which have only added to the pain in sex. The irritation/pain/cuts (maybe) radiate up into my butt (NOT anus, just the crack) especially directly after sex (vaginal sex). This is frustrating, but glad I am not alone!

So here is info about me...

Diagnosed about 9 months ago as being allergic to scents/fragrances, so I use fragrance free soap, tampons/pads, fragrance and glycerin free lubrication (brand is Pink, its the ONLY one which hasn't irritated me)

Monogamous relationship for past year +, both tested for STDs, both negative.

On Apri birth control.

Do not use condoms.

I started trying to think WHY this is happening, when this has not happened in past relationships. There is not really a large size discrepancy between past boyfriends and current one, but I did realize that now 1) we don't use condoms (did with previous partners) and 2) now I shave/wax completely.

My sister also has suffered from this and she also shaved all hair completely, and her gyno said to stop shaving. So here are my questions for you...

Do any of you shave all hair (maybe somehow weakens the skin???)

And how many of you do NOT use condoms? (maybe its from the semen??)

Side note: Went to the store today and spent a ton of money on lots of stuff that I saw recommendations from this board! Including Aveeno body wash (fragrance free), Aveeno oatmeal bath (fragrance free) and tried both today, seemed to sooth! And I also both AVO yeast and garlic pills, I will see how that works! Also, I am about to start my period, but have cuts all the time, but the yeast problems to increase prior to period.

Hope to hear back about whether or not you all use condoms or shave!

Thanks!!!!!!!!
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wow! And i thought i was alone too, like what is wrong with me, i get itchy and burns like heck when i pee, i took a mirror today and looked and was surprised by all the cuts and sores... i have been in a relationship for 10 years plus so i know this is not an std.. ive been checked for just about everything having 3 kids in the past 9 years and i found that if i keep it clean, dry and put a and d ointment on it it offers some relief, i have cried so much from the pain. someone needs to do more research and find the cause of this since so many women are experiencing this.. take care everyone and ill be praying for your healing.. ang
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Amen to more research!  If this were happening to a man's penis there would be money flying everywhere!
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I work in a nursing home and the residents get blisters and itching from incontinence pads. I also get a terrible allergy when I wear night pads during my period, obviously a reaction to sanitary napkins. This could also occur with daily panty liners. Just something to put to the test or think about. :)
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Hi everyone, wow! So many of us have this problem and yet NONE of our gyns have any CLUE as to what is wrong with us! I am beyond frustrated with my vaginal cut problem. Here's a look at me:

29 years old, Married, same partner for 9 years, we almost always use condoms and I've been on Mircette BCP for about 6 years (we just really don't want kids any time soon!) I've had chronic, recurring yeast infections for over 10 years, and went on an anti-yeast diet for 1 solid year, which did clear up infections drastically, but still not completely.

I have one tear at the bottom of my labia minor (6 o'clock) that hasn't gone away for 1 year straight. It makes sex very painful, if not impossible, and it always splits open and bleeds afterwards. At my last gyn appointment she took a biopsy (read VERY PAINFUL) of the area yet all the lab results came back normal (no herpes, stds, or cancer). So now I still have  my original cut that won't heal and the cut from the biopsy area that won't heal either! I am miserable and disgusted that there is no cure for this!

I've tried Desitin (diaper rash ointment) which is a little calming but really messy and Vaseline.  I was prescribed an anti-fungal/steroid cream which did nothing, and now she just gave me an estrogen cream since she saw that my entire labia minora (the inner lips) have practically fused themselves to my out lips and resemble that of a menopausal woman!  **** I am only 29!!!!! ****

All this combined has led me to believe that I must try stopping the BCP to see if I return to normal. I don't want to try and add more hormones by taking the estrogen cream before I try and stop the pill. I want to finish out this pack (just 1 1/2 more weeks) so that I don't have to stop in the middle and I'll let you all know what I find out. We have to find a solution to this. It feels like razors slicing me when I sit sometimes and peeing burns like hell. I wish you all good luck and comfort knowing you're not going crazy.
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hello ladies, I'm sorry to hear that its so many ladies living so painful. But I am also living the same way. I went to the doctor 2//07 and got a letter in 8/16/O7 that I have an abnormal pap smear. I went to the doctor 8/17 to take another pap, Im so worried. But I also have the same problem discharge,itching, and burning also discomfort during sex. I check my self and saw a blister lesion, I told the doctor about it she gave me antibotic (antibiotic) cream call clindamycin phosphate. It does not work I am still discharging and itching. I call the doctor back to let her know its not working, so she dont want to give me any thing els until my results of my pap come back. I will keep you ladies update.

KEEP GOD FIRST LADIES, WE HAVE TO PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER GOD MADE US HE CAN HEAL US.
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Well i waited a month without sex, and guess what, it split open again...Im so frustrated and sore. reading "AtMyWittsEnd's" posting she has the same thing as me, a tear on the inner labia at 6'oclock that hasnt healed for a year! is this my fate aswell?? I have the added bonus of tears at both 10 and 2 o'clock. surely the skin will eventually toughen up right? or should i be trying to make the skin more supple by applying oils like vitamin E or something? I will go back 2 the docs n they can hav look again. Im scared ill never b able to have a normal sex life. i know childbirth can split open that fragile area, what happens to the women who experience that kind of severe tearing? im sure they heal fine and continue to have a normal sex life... Im guessing my herpes? has left some kind of fault line that will always be extremely fragile. i just wish there was something i could do. maybe no sex for six months????????
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I'm 23 years old, mother of two, and have been in a faithful marriage for 3 years. I've had STD test since I've had two children so I'm in the clear as far as that goes. Last month around the time I was on my period I had a spot that was at first itchy, then it became a painful area..which really hurt during urination. It was just one spot..it looked red from irritation and felt swollen on the outer part of my vagina towards the back. It went away in a week. Then this month while I was on my period I started feeling like it was coming back..and it did..but not as painful as the first one was. Its in the exact same spot..looks just the same. Just a small irritated raised area that feels swollen. I dont know if its irritation from the tampon string...thats when I noticed it this time..but I was wondering if anyone else has experienced the same and if they knew what was going on?
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Hi Ladies:

Before I go on, I have one question: Does any exercise vigorously while experiencing the cuts? I am a distance runner and I'm beginning to wonder if long runs are inhibiting my healing process.

I was recently diagnosed with Behcet's syndrome because I presented with these vaginal lesions and also canker sores in my mouth (not cold sores). I tested negative for Herpes and all other STDs.

Behcet's is a very rare disease that involves inflammation of tissues (which makes it a rheumatological disease), but I think it might offer a clue to all of us, which is that our vulvar tissue is becoming inflamed and tearing easily.

I have been getting these tears for months. My doctor said they are canker sores, just like the mouth ones. And yes, they do look just like paper cuts. But then they get worse.

Right now I must have 20 cuts, including on my labia minor and majora, clitoral hood, and around my anal and vaginal openings.

I am sexually active, but my partner has never had any STDs or STD-like symptoms. I have always noticed a little tear at the vaginal opening after we have rougher sex than usual. At this point, one of the tears hasn't healed in three months.

Even if docs can't figure out what's wrong with us (telling me I have Behcet's doesn't really get me very far), it'd be nice if there were *some* treatment. I never know what to do? I've heard to let them dry out to avoid infection but also that drying out allows them to crack and be exposed to more infection. I've heard cotton underwear, pads, vaseline, hydrocortisone. I was given a steroid cream, but it didn't really help. Neosporin awhile back just caused a yeast infection.

These cuts make me depressed. I tell my partner to imagine having cuts on his penis like I have on my vulva, but I'm not sure he gets it. These sores  painful and the healing is always elusive.

When I read these posts I'm proud of all the women who go on with their lives every day, despite having these problems with a diagnosis, let alone a treatment.


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My vaginal area is wet most of the time for strange reason. I have discharge often. I do notice the cuts and they are painful. Do you all think it could be from using a razor down there also? I notice this one after my period and sexual intercourse.
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I dont really have the pains. Only if I touch the area or urine.
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So has anyone found a cure for these " paperuts". They are such a pain, and it sucks cause unless you have them no one really know how you feel. Especially not your significant other. I have been dealing with these for a couple years now and I am getting so "tired" for lack of better word of them. I really would like it if someone could let me know what is best for these.
As for the earlier entry about using neosporin(sp), my doctor actually said to try that so I don't believe it is bad for you unless you put it directly into the vagina.
Thanks everyone for letting us know we are not the only ones with this problem.
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Hi All~

OH MAN~ the only thing I can say is these paper cuts SUCK BIG TIME!!  

Ok, here is my low-down.  About a  month ago I was extremely sick, strep throat.  about 4 days later, I thought I was getting a yeast infection.  then, you are all going to think i am insane,  a week later i had a spot of poison ivy on my leg.......well if this was a yeast infection, it was the absolute mother load of them all.  OH MY GOSH.  ok, but then, i noticed some very slight scabbing outer area at the top where your "lips" begin.  there was a slight, ooze...but...i was out in the heat ALOT and had been scratching like a mad woman.  so.....this could be from that.  my partner, has never had STD neither have i.  i have  children & tested clean everytime.  also, just had my pap about 6mths ago....CLEAN!  had same partner for well over 2 years.  we split for a bit & as crazy as this sounds...he was with his wx-wife, who is also clean.  know this for a fact, dont ask, lol.
so...he was fine, but, on one occasion did itch some.  but only immediately after intercourse.  he thinks it was from irritation due to shaving.  could be, but,  i do have 2 paper cut tears on each side of my vajayjay between my leg & vagina wall at the bottom.  and now, one in my crack!!!  i cant believe i am sharing, lol.  they hurt when we have sex.  then if we wait, will get better then BAM< OUCH again.  i will share that at its worse DESITIN for babies was THE BOMB.  it was the only thing that helped, gross, but helped.  also, i am a thong queen, but, i think these worsen the prob?  please share any thoughts......
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Ifound this website. Lots of info.  May answer some questions we have. Must read. The site is www.vulvodynia.com

The term vulvodynia is usually used to describe burning or
stabbing pain that is felt more diffusely throughout the vulva. Many women
have both vulvodynia and vulvar vestibulitis. In both cases, the skin
usually feels extremely dry, and tears easily, leaving tiny and painful
"fissures." Both cases may also involve "referred pain", in which the pain
feels as though it travels from the vulva to the lower body.

Although it isn't mentioned in the literature, there seems to be
another category of women who are somewhere in between having vulvar
vestibulitis and vulvodynia -- they don't have generalized vulvar pain,
but have pain (and bumps or sores) not only around the vestibule but also
around the opening to the urethra, which causes burning after urination.
Others may also experience rectal pain or itching.
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Hi everyone. I'm so glad I found this website and its comforting to know that I'm not alone. Maybe since this is such a reoccuring problem there will be a solution soon. I've read all the comments and in most of the posts I can relate to. I have these vaginal tears and I've had them for about two years. I have been tested numerous of times for STDs,I've had cultures and blood tests, and they all came back negative. I have also tried Vaseline, Destin, Neosporian, and A&D. My doctor has also perscribed me Clobetasol. Most of the time I can't use soap on my vaginal area because it irritates it so much. I do have sensitive skin and I do shave, so I don't know if those are factors. I do find that I get irritated the most right before or during my period. At first I thought it was the pads that was causing me to become irritated, but then the problem persisted. I told my doctor she thought it could be the hair growing back or that I cut myself from scrathing. She also said it could be herpes, but the blood tests and cultures from the site came back negative. So then my doctor said its probably the way my body reacts to the hormonal changes or it could be yeast. I just pray that someone comes up with a cure for this soon.
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It's amazing that all of us woman have the same symptons and doctors don't know what we have. I was married for 10 years, now divorced. He says he didn't cheat but I don't know for sure. After my 2nd child in 2001, I had my 1st abnormal pap. Test showed possible mild dysplasia, don't remember what category. At the time the doctor said it should go away. Well another year or so and had another abnormal pap. The doctor decided to do a colposcopy and performed a biopsy. The said the test came back HPV, pre cervical cancer cells. The wanted to do a procedure called a LEEP, but it's thins the cervix and could cause possible miscarriages and I wanted more kids so the doctor performed a Cryofreezing procedure instead. It's freezing of the adnormal cells. My (ex)husband just kept saying that I cheated on him and that I had warts. That hurt more than anything for him to acuse me, but the doctor said that I had most likely gotten it from him. Men don't show symptons and can't be tested for them. But what I had wasn't the actual warts, I have the abnormal pre-cancer cells, but that answer wasn't good enough for him, but anyways. I am suppose to have follow-up colposcopy's every 4-6 months and biopsy when they need to. I haven't had one in a while because I lost my insurance and just recently got ins again, but for a while now it's about every week that I've been having these cuts, lessions, fissures, or blisters I'm not sure. I went to the doctor about 3 wks ago and was put on 2 anitbiotics in which the doctor said it would cover yeast and std's, but he said the test were negative off the urine sample. He didn't physically examine me. I've been off the meds he gave me about a week now and I've got the cuts and itching again. I have discharge, sometimes has color and sometimes not, sometimes has odor and sometimes not. I have to wear pantyliners because I'm constantly feeling wet, but that makes it more irritated. It's so sad that we are all suffering from the same symptons and no diagnosis or treatment is available with all the technology that goes on. Anybody in the past postings have any updates, I'm sure we would all love to hear about it.
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I forgot to say that I don't know if's my symptons are from not having my checkup and my HPV is spreading to the outside of vaginal lips where I get the lessions or if it's something else. I have been with one person since my divorce and don't think they have been with anyone else but me and to my wanting to be intimate with him because it had been almost 4 years since being with anyone since my ex, we had no protection. But he hasn't said anything about having any problems. So I don't think sex has anything to do with my symptons because I've had them even during the years of not having sex.
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i went to the doctor for the very same problem, got tested for everything and all my test came back negative. my doctor suggested that i take a bath in epsom salt and put a thin layer of hydrocortisone creme down there. It worked! i dont know how helpful that will be to anybody. From what it seems, all of us have the same problem but different things work for each of us. my suggestion is to take all the advice u can get because this site is very helphuf! im glad im not alone. however when i get the "tears" its usually not around my period and i only get like one or two at the opening of my vagina.... Ill try the destin cuz the epsom salt trick didnt work this time, but maybe it will work for someone else. Take care!
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I was trying to find some info on the internet about what i am going thru right now, and i found this site...wow..i have some of these same symptoms.
A few years ago i got an itchy/painful rash . it was in the creases of my legs, and on my lower labia area (little itchy bumps), and in some places on my upper leg. I went to my gyno and my family dr and they BOTH told me it was cellulitis, and i was treated me for that. And they told me cuz i scratched, i made myself infected with cellulitis so to speak..they treated me for that, and it went away for a brief time. But the rash kept re appearing, and mostly at the time of my period...and since i am sensitive to lots of things, both DRs suggested i was having an allergic reaction to soap, or the pads i was using for my period. (The area affected most was where the pads touch me) so  i switched soap, clothes detergent, pads...etc...nothing worked, and the rash kept coming back...very itchy, painful, and in some places it was scaly looking. A few months ago, i noticed a small legion on my outer left labia...it was VERY painful and slightly itchy, and it wouldnt heal. So i went back to my gyno...and he ruled out any STD's after testing, and ended up prescribing an ointment for me...( which didnt work...by the way) and in the last few months that spot grew  bigger than a quarter, and became VERY painful and red, and in some places the legion was white. And finally my gyno decided to do surgery and remove that part of my labia last week. he believes the legion was malignant, but we wont know for sure till the results come back this friday. Also, it seems after he removed that spot on my labia, other smaller spots "down there" have popped up in the last few days, and that itchy rash too...i dont know whats going on...but it sure has me worried. Has anyone else experienced this same thing? yikes.
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I am 30 and this last year I had my first blister, it popped then I was fine.  Then recently I had sex without plenty of lub.  It first felt like it was raw and itchy, now it is painful and on (near) clitoris. So this second one caused extreme alarm.  But was most have you all have described is me.  This on I can NOT pop way to sensitive.  I keep putting triple antibotic (antibiotic) and diaper rash cream on.  But this REALLY scared me.  I can tan easily and have darker skin but my vaginal area is EXTREMLY senistive.  I can tell way before DR. with UTI. And razor burn is uncontrolable there. Help, thoughts. Thanks
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I have been very careful with my partner but got worried it was from him. "long distance relationship".  Is there and advice on relief and should I refrane from sex until it is gone.  I donot want to tell him he may think its him or me or over react.
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Hi, I also have these paper cut type lesions. They usually occur around my period (towards the middle or end of it) and seem to last a week or two. They itch, sting, and burn. I have no vaginal discharge and the lesions are not sore-like, just little cuts or tears. But I also have something that I have not seen anybody else describe. Since I have been experiencing these "cuts",  I have some discoloration in the vaginal area. Certain areas of my vagina have turned a lighter, whitish color. These are not sores, they are just discolored. The discoloration seems to be permanent. Has anyone else noticed any vaginal discoloration as well?
People on a couple of other sites where I have posted my problem have said that it sounds like herpes, but I have never had sex, so I don't see how this could be an STD at all. The only thing that I have found that seems to describe my symptoms perfectly is called Lichen Sclerosus.
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Hey ladies, I also have these exact same symptons, and they usually happen right at the end of my period, it starts with a little itching, then a burning, then there is just lots of pain(little bumps, just a few, and sores*u can't really see the sores, just feel them, and a puffy ness and swelling of the vagina , just where the sore area is), this has been happening fo about the last year, every since i had a traumatic brain injury, and had to have surgery, I also found that I hade a cyst on my ovaries, so this is a very intresting site, I have been with the same man faithfully for 3 1/2 yrs. and we have both been checked for everything, and have came back negative on everything, but reading all of your ideas and and suggestions, and having about the worst case, ive ever had today, where moving at all rubbed against it and made me jump like 10 ft, every step, sit, reach, ect. I decided to look around and see what I had inside the house, well I have been using triple antibotic (antibiotic) stuff(just like neosporn) for a few days, and noticed that just made it worse and the bumps,weren't there and I wasn't as sore until I started using it, so I veto that thought, then I read about aloe, and didn't have a plant here, so I decided to try the aloe in a bottle, and that worked for about 2 seconds, so I thought i would try the baaking soda idea, but didn't have any, so I used a hot washcloth, to help calm the irritation, then i found cornstarch(only thing I had) and patted that all around, and for the last 15 min I can move, it still hurts a little, but seems to have helped a lot, I literally couldn't even walk earlier it hurt so bad, so maybe it has to do with the cornstarch drying it, and coating it, not sure, but def. worth a try. have a good night. sorry didn't mean to babble, and I wasn't going to post anything tonight, I actually turned my computer off and was getting ready for bed, and that helped so much I had to share, my pain went from like a 100, to about a 15-20. so good luck ladies.
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Wow!  I am with you ladies.  I have one blister in the same spot and I get it before my period.  It hurts when I pee and it goes from pink to red to pink again.  I've been using Clobetasol and it helps a little bit.  I have done the herpees (herpes) blood test 3 times and the culture 4 times - all negative.  My doc was even able to culture a ruptured blister and still a negative reading.  I have also had every STD exam and it burns when I pee.  The only thing I have that is different is that I have a rash like region on my foot and elbow that gets raised, red & itchy right befor the soar on my right inner labia forms.  It's a week of hell and it's tough.  Thanks for starting the site.
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I am so glad I found this website.  I have noticed a tear in the past week and was freaking out thinking about what it could be.  I am with the same person and this is the first time it has happened.  It feels like a little cut and when I looked at it with a mirror it is a laceration about a 1/2 inch long.  I know it is not a STD but was still worried about what caused it.  I am a light har/light eyes person as well.  I noticed it right after my last period.  How long does it usually take to heal?  
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I had vaginal lesions like blisters that would ulcerate and leak blood and another clear fluid. It was extremely painful and I would take hot baths and splash the water up there.  It seemed to occur mostly a couple of days after we'd have sex. Many doctors, many tests, blah, blah. My husband contacted a friend of his who is a doctor a large metropolitan area in the midwest and he diagnosed Chancroid, a very rare STD that causes these symptoms. I took antibiotics for a couple of weeks and have not had another occurence. I think the problem can be that this type of infection can hide in men (no symptoms) and is very rare in the U.S. We finally figured out where my husband got it from  (an affair with a woman who travelled a lot). We both had to be treated. This all happened about 25 years ago but you can imagine my memory is quite fresh! YUCH! I hope this helps. BTW when you get tested for "all" the STDs, they only test for the more common ones. If you go to a web site on rare STDs you will be amazed at all the ones that are not routinely tested for. This may not be the solution for everyone on this list but if it helps one or two I will be happy for you.
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i am suffering from similar symptoms for the past 5 months or so now that i can remember...only now i am worried they are in fact herpes, as i get my STD results this wednesday, i have tried to prepare myself for the worst news possible by reasearching. First, i thought it was herpes, i acutally convinced myself, because everything seem to fit. Except for the part of how I acutally contracted the virus. When these symptoms first appeard, in May??, I was a virgin so it never even crossed my mind. Almost every month, during ovulation i would suffer from itchy, redness, foul smelling discharge, which would create a 'paper cut' in the same place, or perhaps more than one. I had come in close genital contact with one guy before my first memory of this, which is why now i am freaking out. Since then, just in the past month i did have sex, proptected, so this month when my symptoms arose, I immediatly thought it is an STD, and herpes seem to fit the best. I am extremely nervous for my results, as i am only 19 years old, and dealing with a virus that i will never be able to cure seems almost near impossible right now. Considering, I would have contracted herpes, without any vaginal, oral, or anal sex... only skin to skin contact. I have a few questions for anyone that could possibly answer me...are my chances of having contracted genital herpes very high? and if not, WHY do my symptoms seem to fit those of gential (genital) herpes? ALSO, i experience severe cramping during ovulation, which i have always just brushed aside thinking it was normal, until now that is. Feels like i am being stabbed in my ovary, last for a few seconds, and then disappears - is this just normal?? any help would be appreciated, as i am feeling alone and scared...
also, sorry final note, i am stressing myself out MAD crazy, cause my results have taken two weeks, i have not been able to concentrate on my school work (second year of university) cause all i can focus on is herpes... i have stress related acne, and broken out on my face as well as back, common areas for me.
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Hey, everyone. I'm glad I found this site, but I'm not sure if what I have is the same. I'm 18 years old, and kinda scared. I was with this one guy several times, and a few times, we didn't use a condom. But he's clean, he gets checked regularly. My doctor diagnosed it as a yeast infection. I had little "cuts" on my vagina, I had discharge, itching, and burning. The medicine helped, but it didn't all go away. I took a second round of medicine, and everything (including the lesions) went away. Everything except the discharge. So I went in to my gyno again and he did all sorts of tests, including STD tests. Everything was negative. But now, very close to my vaginal opening, on the side, I have like...a sore or something. It looks like I'm getting one on the other side too...maybe from the "sore" spot touching the fine spot. And I still itch sometimes. I think the "cuts" the first time around were due in part to me scratching, and the fact that I have very sensitive, dry skin. But I dunno......Is this similar to what anyone here has? Can anyone help me out? Thanks. Much appreciated.
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Hi girls, had a visit to the gyno re my splitting and was surprised as to how he wants to treat the cuts. i am booked in for surgical removal of the split areas, as they have been opened so many times he noticed that there seemed to be a thickening of the skin each side of the cut area and thus making it difficult to heal together again. By cutting out the split areas on each side and stitching the fresh skin back together, he hopes this will fix my problem. The removed skin will be sent for testing to hopefully determine if there is a cause for the weakness in my skin, ie a disease or infection or similar. i have the surgery in 2 weeks, ill let u knw how i go........................
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I've had these paper cuts for about a year and a half.  Also had lots of redness and itching.  Long story short I went to the doc 4 times since June.  Was on flagyl a couple times for infections etc.  They finally discovered what they said was e coli in my vagina.  Gave the same meds that they give for bladder infection.  I believe it was called Cipro.  I have not had a paper cut since.   Hope this helps someone else.
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Herpes can be spread with any skin to skin contact. Even if it is momentarily. Ask your doctor, some of us would literally rather die that ask a doctor.  Ask a doctor. They are at times quick to generalize, so be specific, small tears, no blisters, no discharge, lots of pain.

Maybe its a new virus causing us problems. I used to work in a microbiology lab, and bacteria and virus are constantly mutating. I think this thing is herpes-like in that it re-occurs, Lysine stops herpes it can't live in lysine rich enviornments.3000mg a day
Helpful tips, DO NOT EAT OR DRINK anything containing sucralose it immediately knocks out your immune system the way a storm knocks out power.  
Vitamin C is a ninja at kicking virus butt. 2000mg a day is what the pros suggest.

I know its hard to handle that no matter how careful you are or inexperienced U may have contracted something, so just brace yourself and you can get through it by educating yourself. If you are active get your partner tested too or it may be an indication you need a new partner. Ladies we have to think outside our emotions to survive these days.

One partner. Or no partners is the best way these days and even then U may have issues, Like me.
I get yearly checkups,  I had no sex for several years, then met Mr. Right..(to be determined)  
At first small burning was my issue I thought, hum maybe UTI, so I took the natural remedy for this apple cider vinegar, cranberry capsules 6 a day, and garlic a natural antibiotic. It worked it was gone. 3 weeks later its back, worse,  tears. so I get a pelvic exam, and  they tell me its Gardnerella, BV. Humm...ok but that still doesn’t explain the tears.

Maybe its connected. Maybe the levels of this bacteria or so high it is causing the skin to tear.

I don't know.  I have learned BV is hard to diagnosis. I will ask for another pap to see if there is e- coli, it makes sense.

Recently I used the sponge for the first time, it got stuck, had it removed at the er...fun..
They gave me a shot of antibiotics in the rear..oh joy!

A week later I get that super bug strain.. it gets abscessed and I have to go back and have it cut and drained.  I get more antibiotics. During all this I have this vaginal irritation so I take my vitamins and it goes away. I think I had this since October and just kept it at bay by taking vitamins.

Oh and I had a sore throat just one issue after another, sick for weeks. This usually means viral or bacterial infection is still in my system and my immunity is suppressed trying to fight it, making me susceptible to everything.  Antibiotics ruin the normal ph levels in the vagina and kill good bacteria. This would explain the BV overgrowth and make it possible for other bacteria to over grow. I think if we restore the balance the cuts will go away.

The vitamins worked for me, maybe I just didn’t take them long enough. Hell, I think I will take them 6 months and see what happens since doctors are clueless. I am adding Acidophilus to my mixture since it will balance the natural bacteria. Read, educate yourself.

I am African American by the way. And have always been sensitive to everything as well. so much for dark thick skin, a vagina is a vagina...sensitive.

Men lie and cheat. No matter how hot or charming protect yourself. I do however feel this is related to some strain of mutated virus resistant to antibiotics, or imbalance in natural bacteria in our vagina. Maybe caused by recent antibiotic use.
I hope its not a new STD all I know is I had no issues when I had no sex. Now I have issues. I think there is something to the bible’s simple moral code abstaining for me gave me peace.  

I am also taking the flagyl to see if it helps, its not working. The vitamins worked in 2 days. Hope this helps. We all seem lost, yet hopeful. I cried when found this site. Together maybe we can beat this. Time for a change.
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Hi everyone, had my surgical biopsy/ removal of the split areas and had it tested and found out it is a HPV infection (wart virus) that has gotten to the first stage of pre malignancy (VIN1). was a bit shocked 2 hear that but am glad i now know what im dealing with. i dont have cancer and it is unlikely it will develop into cancer, but i must keep an eye on it and have regular check ups. i have allso had the first of three gardasil vaccinations to help clear the virus from my body. My gyno tells me most sexually active people have carried a strain of HPV within their bodies without knowing it and it usually passes out of their system after a couple of years. there are many different strains of th wart virus with different types of symptoms, many of which have no symptoms or which are too small to notice. My case is very noticable with my vulval skin becoming quite brittle and easily split. 7 weeks after my surgery i tried 2 have sex again and it was no different from before and split again. My gyno has suggested i have some laser treatment and i am booked in in Jan. Hoping some day i will have a normal sex life again, but im glad i now know what is wrong.
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hi everyone...I'm sorry you all are experiencing this, I would not wish it on even my worst enemy.  I have many symptoms similar to many of you.  I get these weird sores/lesions on my vulva- it starts as itching burning, maybe slight redness, but you can't really see much. Then the next day the skin breaks open and looks like a layer of skin is missing. Still itching and much more painful. Then it spreads- looking  kinda like a blister that has poped, but it was never a blister... It is so painful to sit, walk, pee... anything.  My Doctors are stumped.  I have had the lesions cultured for Herpes- negative as well as the blood test for herpes- which was positive for type 1- mouth sores but negative for type 1- genital lesions. I have tried every messy cream, with no relief.  If anyone has found anything that offers SOME relief... please let me know! It is comforting to know that I'm not alone...
I could feel it coming on yesterday and went to the Dr. She said it looked very small red and only on one side, but by the time I got home 3 hours later- it was on both sides and about 1/2 inch wide.  She gave me a numbing cream (which stings) and a steroid cream. She did also refer me to a rheumatoligist to test for BECHETS disease- Does anyone know anything about this???
Hoping to find some answers..... thanks
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ALSO- I am a 21 year old nursing student (stressful), fair skin, blue eyes, history of celiac disease and hashimotos thyroiditis, and asthma. One sexual partner ever. I have an IUD and we use condoms. I have had 3 "outbreaks" since november... thanks again! good luck to everyone!!!!!!
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I hope that someone still looks at this site.  My problem is not cuts but actual bumbs that are not open or sores.  It is right where you underwear hits the crease between your leg and crotch.  It is really red and has no drainage or opening.  It hurs like hell when it is touched.  Which its location makes that often since I cant keep my underwear off of it.  I have been married for over a year and we dont use protection.  I also have HPV and wondered if it had to do with that.  I have had the cyrosurgery in the past but with that instance I had no pain just a bump.  I am freaked that this is herpes since my husband and I had ran into some problems awhile back and were seperated.  Depressed with my possible failing marriage had unprotected sex and now think I am being punished with herpes due to the affair.  I really hope its not though since my husband and I are back together and he knows nothing of my mistake.  I too am a nurse and dont have an inkling about what it really is, fair skin, blonde hair, and brwn eyes.  I have extremely sensitive skin and a hx of psoriasis.  Guess I will find out on wed. when i go to the doctor.  Im sorry we all have to suffer from this.  
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I AM SO HAPPY THAT I FOUND THIS SITE. I HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING THE SORES ON MY VAGINA AREA AS WELL. I DIDNT START SEEING THEM UNTIL THE SUMMER OF "07". I HAE BEEN TO THE DOCTOR AND HE SAID IT DOESNT LOOK ANYTHING LIKE HERPES. I HAVE BEEN CHECKED FOR EVERYTHNG AND THAT IF EVERYTHING COMES BACK NEGATIVE THAT IT MAY BE IRRITATION. I WENT TO THE ER IN THE SUMMER AND THE DOCTOR THERE ASKED ME IFI SWEAT ALOT. HE GAVE ME SOME ANTIFUNGAL CREAM AND THE SORES WENT AWAY. I HAVE BEEN WITH THE SAME PERSON FOR 3 YRS. HE HAS BEEN CHECKED AND HES FINE SO I KNOW I DONT HAVE STDs. I WAS JUST CONCERNED OF WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH MY BODY FOR I AM A DIABETIC. I FEEL ALOT BETTER KNOWING THAT I AM NOT ALONE AND THAT THERE ARE MANY WOMEN HAVING THE SAME PROBLEMS THAT I HAVE EVER SO OFTEN. IT JUST MAKES YOU THINK AND WONDER ABOUT YOUR DOCTORS YOU SEE AND HOW MUCH THEY REALLY KNOW. I AM REALLY GLAD THAT THIS SITE IS UP AND THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE JUST LIKE ME GOING THROUGH THE SAME THINGS. I HAVE DARK SKIN AND DARK EYES.
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Just an advancement in my situation with my vaginal splitting, i have gone off the contraceptive pill (Loette) and within a week or two of stopping it my problem has gone. although my Dr found a HPV infection present in my system with th biopsy i had, i am pretty sure my problem had something to do with the pill the whole time. Im so happy i can now have a normal sex life again, my only problem now being a way of contraception without taking hormones. iv got an appointment wit my Dr soon, maybe try a IUD ..... the pill may be a cause for alot of the problems on this site.....
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I am a 41 year old AA, I have been married for almost five years and i have two kids from my marriage and two from a previous marriage.  i have been suffering with these paper cut like symptoms for over ten years.  i have had one c section with a tubal, and two partial hysterectomies.  now i have no female organs.  i have a history of ovarian cyst, UTI, bacterial and yeast infections.  everytime i have had the vagi paper cuts i have been diagnose with one of the previously mentioned female problems.  it wasnt until recently, that i was diag. with HPV 2 because i had vagi blisters as well as the tears.  i went for my post op appt and the surgeon asked me what was new and i told him that i had one of these break outs AGAIN.  he is not my regular obgyn.  he said that it liked herpes and i almost fell off the table.  he did a culture and told me not to worry, call back in ten days.  meanwhile, my coochie felt like it was in a coma so i called my primary ob and then they asked me if i had been exposed to herpes.  i said that this is the same thing that i have been coming into the office for - for the past ten year, so just give me the cream and i will be on my way.  she gave me lab slip for a blood test and a prescrption for some cream that cost so much, it cleared my checking account.  needless to say, i was on pins and needles.  when i left the doctors office, i called my husband, who is a pastor and began to describe my office visit.  he told me not to worry and to come home.  the culture and the blood test came back positive.  the surgeon told me that the tearing and blisters were so progressive that i probably had it for atleast ten years.  i was devastated when telling my husband (the pastor) the i tested positive for herpes - and twice.  my self esteem is affected tremendously.  this is something that i had alwys stereotyped "nasty" girls with.  i am crushed and am praying for a cure and soon.  my husband is so cool and supportive but we have not had sex since the diagnosis.  i am glad that i found this web site because i have felt so "not" understood for so many years.  there always seems to be something with my stuff.  i keep asking myself, what would i do if the shoes were on the other foot and i do not know if i would be so understanding.  even though i had this before the marriage, and i did not know, i feel so guilty. what if he has it.  what if i have given it to someone else before my marriage.  what if the person that has given it to me is spreading it to other women and he does not know.  i have to admit, i have not always been born again and i have had a FEW partners in my lifetime.  it is very unfortunate that my past has finally caught up with me.  my husband is going to have the blood test next week to find out if he has been exposed.  if now, we will have to use condoms.  can you imagine having to use condoms with your husband.  this is time that i should be enjoying pure and holy sex and i have to use a condom.  i am so glad that i finally have a place where i can vent with someone that can actually relate and understand.  thanks so much for being there for me.  and for all of you ladies that think that it is not herpes, keep testing.  it laid dormant in me for over ten years when i was previously premiscuous.  not i am born again, married to a pastor, monogomous and ashamed.  please get tested again, and again and again.  i will be praying for you all and ask the same of you.  god bless
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Hi all, I too get the paper cut feeling in my vaginal area, it gets itchy and red and hurts terribly when I urinate. I've also noticed some blood on the toilet paper when I wipe and boy does it hurt to wipe. I did notice a small lesion on the inside of my vagina that is always there and vairies is size.
I've been tested for herpes and my pap smear has all come back negative. Some of you were saying that your fair and light eyed, well I have a light to medium skin tone with dark hair and dark eyes.I do have very sensitive skin and have to be careful with soaps and lotions.  Im happy I found this site and that Im not the only one with this strange conditon. Thanks everyone for sharing your stories.
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any of you women who get these and have been tested for stds please please ask your doctor to do a test for rare cancers and skin diseases, as i have learned in the past few months cancer doesnt always show as an abnormal pap or in your blood. lessions are a very real symptom, it would be unlikely that is the cause but for your own sake have them checked, they can actually take a sample from lession and tell you weather it is cancerous or bacterial or allergic or what ever.
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First I would like to thank you all for having the courage to put your personal information out on this site for the world to see. I know that being anonymous really helps but I can honestly say that for me it's still somewhat embarrassing.

I am a 38 y.o. straight Hispanic woman. I too have just had, and am at the end of a bout with a vaginal lesions with 1 small blister and 2 bumps. I initially thought it was a razor cut/burn that I had given myself. I had not been feeling well and decided to go out and well I cleaned up my vaginal area because I planned on having sex that evening with my partner, this was a Friday. Saturday came and I was extremely ill. I had a 102.3 temp and was sick. I had actually caught the flu and was down for a week. I went to the doctor and he prescribed some anti-biotics. Well I took those for a few days and noticed that I started getting an itch at the top of my vaginal area where the lips meet, which is where I "cut" myself. I figured I was getting a yeast infection because I had been on the anti-biotics and they can trigger those. Anyway, a few days later the itching was out of control and I had been using an over the counter 5 day yeast medicine. Then it turned into a stinging, from being an open cut "paper cut". I took my make-up mirror and spread open before it. (Tuesday)I noticed that I had 3 small bumps and I was thinking.. great ingrown hairs. Well the next day (Wednesday), one was a blister. I immediately freaked out and thought the worst.. an STD. I went online and it seemed to me to be Herpes. I was so ashamed. I thought that I should put something on it to kill whatever germs were hanging out so what I used was the cream that one would use for athlete's foot. It helped immensely but didn't take it away. (Sunday)Well I went to the urgent care and they checked it out. They told me that it didn't look like Herpes and that they've seen a lot of that. They took a blood test of it and will be contacting me either this Friday or Monday with results. They also gave me some Valtrex. I have continued to use the anti-fungal and am awaiting my results. I am scared, but I am praying that if it is Herpes, which I believe it is, that the break-outs are far and few in-between and that the medicine, Valtrex, will take it away quickly. I was praying for my test to come back negative but after reading the posts on this site, I think I would rather have a diagnosis with a prognosis. Tonight when I pray I am going to include all of you. I understand part, if not all, of what you are feeling. I'll let you know what happens.

p.s. - I will not have sex again until I am married. This scared me straight!!!
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Well, I got word back from my blood test. Not what I was expecting. They tested me for the wrong thing...?!?! That's like removing the wrong leg or breast!! I wasn't happy. They say they should know something by mid next week. Since I've been on meds for almost a full 5 days now I am seeing results. They told me when I started them that if the Valtrex helped that most likely it was Herpes. I have already come to grips with it and in my eyes doing the blood work is nothing more than an unnecessary inconvenience. I'll let you know what they say... if there's anyone still out there. Have a great weekend.

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Today is Friday. I got the news on Tuesday. I have Herpes. I am glad that it's over and that I know what it is now. I will take my meds when I have break outs and try to live as normal of a life as possible. Now I just have to worry if I caught anything else. I know AIDS takes a while to show up so I'll be stressed for another 10-15 years. Of course I wont let it get to me, but it'll always be in the back of my mind. Heavy sigh.... I just have to look forward and not back. I hope you all have a wonderful life and they find a cure for everyone of you. God bless you all.

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I am 20 years old. I was diagnosed with Herpes type1 when I was 18 after having been in a monogomous relationship with a man who was a virgin until we'd met and had virtually no previous sexual experience. He had never had any symptoms of Herpes but clearly he had it and passed it on to me. Any website you read will tell you that Herpes-1 is not severe and not very recurrent - unfortunately I can say that I have about 2-3 outbreaks a year that are extremely painful. About 3 1/2 weeks ago I started experiencing a tingling that I recognized as the precursor to an outbreak...I popped those Valtrex's and prayed. Next morning I woke up with tiny bleeding blisters all over my inner labia and around my vagina. They got worse. They erupted into ulcers that were covered with a thick black crust and the pain was excruciating. I went to the doctor who ran tests (including one for Herpes just to make sure) and they all came back negative and normal. When the pain had not lessened or the sores shown any sign of improvement, I went to the hospital. This time the woman told me it was herpes and sent me on my way with nothing more than a shot of Ibuprofen in my ***. Three weeks later the sores have still not completely healed - the black crust fell off and 2 of the smaller sores healed completely in a week and a third is still visible but without pain and the fourth one which was so large that it basically covered one entire inner labia has stopped being painful but is still tender and visible. I have no idea what it was but if it ever comes back I think I'd rather throw myself off a cliff than face that pain again. I mean, I was on Percoset (prescribed by my horrified doctor) and that didnt even ease the pain entirely. But I have the same issue as alot of you- pain and dryness during sex...maybe there is a connection but my main question is - do any of you get the thick black crust over your sore???
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Has anyone here looked at lichen sclerosis?  I have similar problems that are discussed here but have tested negative for all STD's.  This is what I have been diagnosed with.
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I have been having similar problems.  I have always suffered from "paper cuts" at the top of my vagina near my clitoris and from being too dry during intercourse.  But just this week I developed almost an abrasion followed by multiple lesions that have now opened and are very painful.  I at first thought I was getting a UTI because it hurt to pee, but upon closer inspection I found the abrasion.  I attribuated it to my boyfriend being a bit too aggressive during oral sex the night before but my PCM thinks it might be Herpes.  She has tested me for everything but I have been with him for over a month and he his clean and I have never had this problem before.  She gave me an antibiotic for the possible UTI and Valtrex but the pain is getting worse and the sores are spreading.  Does anyone have any advice as to what I can do to try an ease the pain?  I have tried just about everything.  Heat doesn't help, ice doesn't work, I can't take Motrin-- and all I want to do is be able to walk and sit.  
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An autoimmune disease called Behcet's Syndrome's initial symptoms closely resemble the herpes virus, causing vaginal sores, cuts, fissures, and folliculitis. Other symptoms develop years later, so it is very important that you find out just what it is that is causing your symptoms. Don't be too quick to brush it off as nothing, Behcet's disease affects people of every age and every race. It is important you see a doctor who know's enough to help you. Ask them about Behcet's Syndrome, if they don't know enough to tell you what it is, they won't be able to tell you if you have it or not.
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I am 19 and have one child ( a girl).  I have noticed recurrent yeast infections and they seemed to come on right after I finish my period.  On Valentine's day I went to have some tests done, including HIV and syphilis, and all came back negative.  However the nurse did confirm that I had a yeast infection.  This month my yeast came back and I have been treating it with the anti-fungal cream.  The past couple of days I had noticed A LOT of itching and I went to the clinic today.  I have the little bumps also.  They say that it could be Herpes, but I go back tomorrow to make sure.  But during my February exam, the nurse performing my pap say that I naturally have profuse secretions from my vagina.  And I have always been that way, since childhood.  Also, while I was pregnant, I had some dyplasia on my cervix which was removed.  The doctor said that I was not brought on by HPV.  I have never had an STD and I am scared to DEATH!!!  I will be praying for everyone!!
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Please don't be scared. I know you are only 19. I don't want to scare you. I just want you to be aware that you really need to be aggressive about finding out what is causing your symptoms. I am not a doctor so I can't say for sure, but I want to share my story so people and doctors will be aware that something else causes these symptoms. My symptoms started at age fifteen with itching, inflammation, then folliculitis (ingrown hairs), then cuts all over. It is different for everyone who has it. Folliculitis is a type of acne and is very common in Behcet's and occurs during or before a "flare" and can be on the face or anywhere. Chronic yeast infections come hand and hand with Behcet's because it is a immune system disorder that weakens the immune system. It is not contagious and it doesn't run in families. It is often triggered by things like strep throat, food poisoning, and other infections or for unknown reasons, which permanitally damage the immune system. Gential (genital) to Gential (genital) contact will cause a reaction "flare" in these people, so will a common illness, injury, or stress. It is very important for people who have this to rest often  and take good care of themselves and they will also need medication.  Common symptoms later in the disease if it goes untreated are digestive symptoms, bowel inflammation, possible bladder inflammation that feels like a bladder infection, arthritis, fibromyalga (fibromyalgia), and very late in the disease serious eye inflammation and possibly central nervous system involvement. People rarely die from this illness, the main thing a person has to be worried about is quality of life. That why you want to be proactive, not scared. This disease can be managed if properly treated. For fifteen years I saw doctor after doctor who insisted I had herpes simplex virus even though all cutlures and every other test you could think of was negative. They assumed  I must have just gotten it even though I was telling them my history, or that the sawb just didn't pick it up. They say that is very common. The FDA came out with a new blood test for herpes last year that can prove whether you have it or not. Please get the test. Then if you continue to have these problems it won't take so long to get treatment. You will know what direction to go looking for help. Above all rememeber, stress can turn what would have been a mild flare into a monster. It is different for everyone who has it. Please visit the free American Behcet's Disease website message board, there is so much more you can find out there.
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I went to the doctor and they said that I bacterial vaginosis!!!  Such a relief!!!
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Thank god I found this forum. I was googling all over looking for answers about vaginal lesions.

So here's how it is.

I was diagnosed probably at least 6mo back with a yeast infection. That's when the "cuts" started. There's one above my clitoris and towards the inside of my vagina, and then the part between my vag and my anus. It's like someone had slashed me up and down with mini razors.

I was treated for the yeast infection. The Dr. prescribed me the insert cream treatments that are overnight (I can't remember the type or the brand) and doing salt cleanses. Thankfully the yeast infection cleared up. The cuts however, did not. Then, the gyno prescribed me an estrogen cream to see if the cuts would heal. Again, no. I was tested multiple times between then and now. Only recently did the latest pap smear reveal that I have HPV. I don't know what type it is yet. My boyfriend and I looked for any signs of warts or sores but there were none at all. Just the cuts and irritation due to mild itching. The colposcopy is soon. (Wish me luck.)

My question to you is, have any of you been diagnosed or know someone that's been diagnosed with herpes this way? I'm really worried about my sex life as it is pretty much non-existent right now, whether to expect a surprise like herpes or not that's kind of life changing. (Like this isn't already.)
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You need to also have the herpes blood test. Did you have that? I started having the cuts at age 15. I had cultures come back over and over again that were all negactive for herpes but all the doctors I saw insisted there was nothing else other than herpes that could cause the cuts I was having. I was young and didn't know any better. I thought I must have gotten it from a toilet seat. The one thing I do remember was I was really stressed out the first time it happened.

For years about ten years I had these symptoms and was sure it was herpes and never mentioned it to my doctors anymore. None of the medication for herpes had ever helped me and I also noticed my husband never got sick from me.

I started having other symptoms like irritable bowel syndrome and fatigue. Then after I had two children my symptoms got a lot worse. FIbromyalga (fibromyalgia), Interstitial Cystitis, Epi-scleritis, and things like that. My immune system was attacking my body. It took years before I had enough symptoms and saw enough doctors to start getting it treated. They are still not totally sure what is wrong with me. There is a lot of misconceptions about these things because they are thought to be rare. The truth is that they are just highly under treated. They think I have something called Behcet's Syndrome, the world's oldest known disease. It is an autoimmune disease that can be very mild or more severe. It is hard to tell what it is unless you are able to get enough of the symptoms well documented. What happens is the immune system is damaged. That is what is causing the cuts. The stress in your life plays a big role in how bad your flares will be. When your immune system is damaged you can't push yourself or do all the things other people can do. If you get enough rest and avoid stress, exercise and eat right, these things could keep it under control. Sometimes you may also need immune suppressants like steriods to get it under control.

I had the herpes blood test the proved I never had herpes 2. I do have herpes 1, but herpes 1 is a much milder virus. It doesn't cause gential (genital) symptoms except in very rare cases when a person's immune system is weakened. They couldn't find a reason for my immune system to be weakened. They also couldn't get any of my cultures to show positive for herpes 1. It was eventually determined the cuts are not caused by herpes at all. They decided my symptoms could only be caused by some sort of autoimmune disorder. There are no tests can tell if you have Behcet's. It is based on symptoms only. Vaginal symptoms that look like herpes, canker sores in the mouth at least three times per year, and inflammation in the blood vessels in the eyes. It can take years for enough of the symptoms to show up and they usually don't show up at the same time. You really need to fight for answers. Go to the American Behcet's Association for more information, but remember when you are there, those are the worst cases, most people with Behcet's don't have it that severe and do well with treatment.
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I wanted to tell you the reason I don't have an offical Behcet's Syndrome diagnosis yet is because I have yet to have any serious organ damage documented, which can actually be really hard to do. Not everyone has to wait as long as I have been waiting. A lot of the time small damage from tissue and blood vessel inflammation can not be seen by any tests. Often, surgery is required for them to find vasculitis. That is how they found vasculitis in me during surgery looking for endometriosis. I am lucky because my symptoms have not been as serious as some, but it has also been a big problem because I have been suffering greatly and not gotten the help I needed many times. Most of my symptoms cannot be seen and it's been very hard to prove that something is wrong.  I have had to fight back against people thinking this was all in my mind. I have had to find a medical cause for my symptoms on my own. Only one of the hundreds of doctors I've seen had ever even heard of Behcet's Syndrome, he was a GI doctor. They do not look for it. One doctor, my Rheumatologist, told me he didn't even believe it existed. This disease is very real. It's treated all over the world, but most American doctors no nothing about it. They do not know the symptoms or how to treat it. They rely on old information and still think it only happens to people in the middle east even though research has shown it happens because something has damaged the immune system and not because of your genes. It does not run in families. You would think it would show up on MRI's, but often with Behcet't it's the very smallest blood vessels involved, and those don't show up most of the time. It takes a big incident for them to see it and prove that you have it . American doctors don't want to be liable for treating anything until they have enough medical proof to be sure that you require the treatment. It is not easy to get that far. For us, it is more important to get the treatment before something bad happens, not afterwards. I have all the symptoms and I am being treated with immune suppressants and I have had several doctors diagnosis my symptoms as Behcet's Syndrome, but with this disease the ultimate decision is up to the Rheumatologist. My rheumatologist says it shouldn't matter if I have an official diagnosis as long as it is being treated. He says he is more concerned right now that I will lose my ability to qualify for insurance once I have a diagnosis. One thing to look for as far as tests are concern would be a a slighly high white blood cell count...your nerophils mainly, but others white cells also. It could mean just that you aren't feeling well at the time to have it be a little high, but if you can gather your records and show that you have an on going high white blood cell count, that would be a first step in showing your doctors something is not normal.
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One more thing....I've seen over twenty GYN's as well as other doctors and I did my own research on the possible causes for these cuts. I can tell you from what I have learned  that these cuts are not caused by any type of HPV. They also would not be caused by Herpes 1 in people with no other apparent serious health problems like HIV. Bacterial Vaginosis and Yeast Infections may cause small cracks in the folds of the skin, they do not cause cuts in center areas of the skin, and they heal without reoccurance once the infection is treated. An anal fissure can sometimes occur in the center area of the pernium (between the front and back) because of straining or constipation. Unless you have developed more than one cut at a time at some point, or have developed cuts in different areas of the genitals other than the pernium, this may be a fissure. An anal fissure would be a single cut that keeps happening in the same place over and over again on in the center of the pernium. An anal fissure is caused by repeatedly tearing open the thin skin in that area from straining. Not like the small cuts that just happen for no reason the way they happen with the Herpes Simplex Virus and Behcet's Syndrome. I have one cut the comes back over and over again on my pernium area, but I also get cuts in other areas from time to time aswell. Those are the only things I've found that could be the possible causes for these symptoms.
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Because now we don't have to treat each other like hazmat zones.

Anyway, I've been tested for herpes in the past before but I'm kind of skeptical now whether the results are still on par or not. My appointment's not for another 15 days, (unfortunately), so I can't find anything out right now. However, I'm still not sure what to think about whether it's Behcet's Syndrome or not because I was on Nuva Ring and I read that it could cause lesions, at least where the ring was sitting. Or maybe that it made the whole area's skin be thin and it's just been that way ever since it was triggered with the yeast infection. So in lieu of this new information, I stopped it when you're supposed to allow the menstrual cycle to do its thing. You're supposed to put it in a week after but I'm not, to see if the cuts will heal on their own.

Also, stress is a very, very big factor in my life right now. More than likely for the past 6 months also.
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Er.. the first two sentences were cut off in my previous entry.

Anyways, I had posted a link to google answers, if you can find it, it's Question ID: 438060.

But if you can't find it, I'll copy paste it here, sans the links(?):

Question     
Subject: HPV
Category: Health > Conditions and Diseases
Asked by: ace32-ga
List Price: $30.00 Posted: 26 Jan 2006 14:28 PST
Expires: 25 Feb 2006 14:28 PST
Question ID: 438060

My girlfriend was diagnosed w/ HPV 18 months prior to any sexual
activity w/ myself. She was tested every 6 months following the intial
diagnosis, and came out clean every time. She also has never shown any
visible signs of the virus (genitial warts). Is it reasonable to
believe that in those 18 months her immune system may have suppresed
the virus to the point where she did not transmit it to me? It is has
been over 3 months since any sexual contact between us, and I have
never shown any symptoms.

Answer
Subject: Re: HPV
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 26 Jan 2006 16:33 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

Dear ace32-ga;

Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to answer your interesting
question. As you can see I’ve done some considerable researcher on
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in response to previous questions:

GOOGLE ANSWERS
http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=402719

GOOGLE ANSWERS
http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=117392

Unfortunately, there is no "cure" for HPV infection, although in some
patients the disease seems to simply “go away” on it’s own. However,
experts disagree about whether the virus ever goes away completely, or
is just suppressed by the immune system so much that it cannot be
detected, even by the most sensitive tests available today.

According to the American Cancer Society, an entity that has a
particular interest in HPV because it is sometimes a factor in
cervical cancers, the issue about the immune system and HPV is
explained this way:

“If I have HPV and it goes away, can I get it again?
Most couples who have sex share HPV until their bodies’ immune systems
get rid of it. Partners who have sex only with each other do not pass
the virus back and forth. When the HPV goes away, the immune system
will remember that HPV type and keep you from getting it again.
Because there are many types of HPV, being immune to one HPV type does
not protect you from getting other types.”

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
http://www.cancer.org/docroot/NWS/content/NWS_2_1x_What_Women_Should_Know_about_HPV_and_Cervical_Health.asp

One must keep in mind that there are more that 80 forms of HPV and
only a few of them cause genital warts. The disease is astonishingly
common and some people have the virus for years and never know it.

Does a person who acquires HPV always have HPV? Well, that issue is
debatable. Many experts do attribute the suppression of HPV to the
body’s immune system (as you alluded to in your question). Once the
HPV lesions are gone and no others can be found, and no new lesions
appear during the subsequent months, the chance of a person shedding
enough HPV to be actively infectious to a sexual partner falls
dramatically. Unfortunately there is no test that indicates, to a 100%
degree certainty, that a person no longer poses an infectious risk,
but what is known is that as months go by with no lesions found by a
skilled clinician, the possibility of being infectious is likely to be
increasingly remote. So, in short, it is true that it is not uncommon
for a some peoples’ immune system to fight off the human
papillomavirus to undetectable levels in about 8-24 months. In people
with weaker immune systems the virus may continue to be present (and
even visibly apparent) for life. The truth is that little is known
about the factors that influence clearance of human papillomavirus in
some patients. At the risk of sounding overly simplistic, at this
point in medical technology if an examination indicates that a person
is infected, then he or she is considered infected and if an HPV test
does not indicate that a person is infected, he or she can assume, for
all intents and purposes, that they are not infected, keeping in mind
practicing safe sex techniques is always the best plan, especially
when dealing this a potentially communicable disease that can lie
dormant in it’s host. We cannot provide medical advice or diagnoses in
this forum but as I’ve pointed out, research indicates that if you are
not testing positive now you are likely clear, but you remain at some
degree of risk considering your sexual history with an infected
partner. Only time will tell for sure.


I hope you find that my research exceeds your expectations. If you
have any questions about my research please post a clarification
request prior to rating the answer. Otherwise, I welcome your rating
and your final comments and I look forward to working with you again
in the near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us.

Best regards;
Tutuzdad – Google Answers Researcher


OTHER INFORMATION SOURCES

I WANNA KNOW
http://www.iwannaknow.org/basics2/hpv.html

ASSOCIATION OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
http://www.arhp.org/healthcareproviders/onlinepublications/clinicalproceedings/cc_introduction.cfm?ID=95

HPV FOR DUMMIES
http://www.healthandhpv.com/

AMERICAN SOCIAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
http://www.ashastd.org/

ASHA – INFORMATION TO LIVE BY: HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV)
http://www.ashastd.org/stdfaqs/hpv.html

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Thank you for reading my posts. I am determined to tell as many people about this disease as I can. Look around on this message board and you will be floored with how many woman are having these symptoms and have not gotten any real answers from anyone. It makes me sick. It is really all about money. This disease pushes doctors out of their comfort zone, it forces them to  work harder than they are use to doing, harder than a lot of them really are will to work. Infact, they have designed a system to help them avoid people like you. They will send you to specialist after specialist making money off your insurance company hoping eventually you will just give up and quit faking it. It is the idiology that nothing bad happens to good people. That you just need to toughen up and quit complaining because you look normal and your tests are fine. It would cost a lot of money to treat us, so they ignore it and only treat those who are on deaths door and tell them they couldn't have known what it was because it's so rare. The justify it to themselves by pointing out there has are full treating the things they do know about. I think it's time we send these doctors back to school and up the patients right to sue doctors that doctor meet our expectations. Why should anyone need to settle for less. I believe any halfway intellegent person would have been able to put together what has been happening to us a long time ago if they were at all interested in finding out.

The nuva ring would not cause cuts, particularly if these cuts are in an area you can see. One thing I know is woman with Behcet's have a lot of problem's with their periods. Their periods often bring on flares. They can have inflammation in their uterus which leads to extra period cramps and may lead to heavier bleeding.

I mentioned to you that I had surgery looking for endometriosis. I was given many different types of birht control when they thought that was what I had. From talking to other woman with Behcet's and from what I experienced, all of the different birth control medications I took made symptoms a lot worse. I do not know why exactly, but I have not come across any women with Behcet's who did not have some problems with these drugs. I took depro, a lot of woman have problems with that, but I also tried an assortment of different pills that al caused my flares to get really bad. When I would come off of them I got better. The last thing I tried was the Mirena IUD. I would recommend this to other woman, but not to woman with my problem. My GYN didn't realize how inflamed my uterus was, he thought is would help everything get better, and for most woman, I bet it would, but not for me. It was pure agony.  I keep waiting and hoping the pain would go away, that it just needed to settle, but it never did, I had to have it removed. I believe the Nuva Ring, just like the Mirena, has a small amount of hormones in it. This might be the problem, it seems even a little bit of these hormones can trigger a flare. As long as all of your hormone levels are normal you should avoid them at all costs. With Behcet's you are at risk of vascular inflammation which can lead to things like strokes, so horomone suppliments of any kind are a really bad thing for people with this problem.
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I have had the exact same symptoms you have described for almost 1.5 yrs now.   I have visited countless gynecologists only to initially be misdiagnosed with genital herpes, and repeatedly treated for yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.  I am thrilled to say that I may have finally figured out what the true cause is.   Have you ever heard of pinworm?  It is the most common roundworm infection in the U.S.  CNN.com has an informative article that you may find very helpful.  The best part, it is easily cured.  I plan on seeing a doctor on Thursday to get tested.  By any chance, are you around children either at home or work?  Children are the main carriers of pinworm.  I began my first year teaching in an elementary school last year and shortly after is when my symptoms began.   Ask your doctor about it and do some research.  It's worth a try.  I am 99.5% convinced that this what is causing my symptoms.  Pinworm when left untreated can cause vaginitis, endometritis, and other infections.  Please look into this.  Hope this helps!
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I was wondering if you could steer my towards literature about the long term effects caused by Pinworms? I have done a quick search, but didn't find anything about long term effects.  We did have pinworms in our house about three years ago and it did take some work to get rid of them. For me, I had symptoms for many years before and after I was treated for that. I am not really sure that this could cause the symptoms I have, but I do want to make sure. Thank you for this information. It would be really nice if it could just be something simple like this, but with this the immune system is perminitly damaged so even if it was the pin worms that caused it, getting rid of them probably won't make it any better.
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Thank God i found this website. I too have been experiencing some of the same issues. I have had a reoccurring yeast infection for the past six months that progressively worsened. i use to notice small cut near my vaginal opening but they woudl heal and they woudl cause too much distress. however recently my yeast infect grew into some awful and presistent and much resistent to all creams. i let it go un treated some more and it eventually calmed down. but after a night of a little rough sex with my boyfriend ( who is std free)  afterwards i felt chaff  a couple days afterwards. then bumps started appearing and soon turned into very painful lesions over the next few days. ive notice that as the yeast infection touch myskin thats where the main lesions are forming. this is the first time this has ever happened to me and im awful scared but all i can do is pray. I know i do not have an STd, ive been tested and so has my partner. Im going to try a diet change like i have seen suggested , but my guess is that it has a lot to do with the yeast. I prayed for everyone suffering that we will all be delivered from this problem. Thank you for the support. if anyone has found relief please share with me what they might be
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Use Pau D' Acro inner bark to get your yeast infections and your immune system under control. Your immune system is working in over drive which weakens it and causes things like yeast infections. A high quality pau D' Acro extract will strengthen the immune system and protect it and make sure you don't have any hidden organisms causing an attack on your immune system. Things like pinworms can cause all sorts of problems for us. Changing your diet is also very important. It's very important that you take a multi-vitamin, without iron would be fine if the iron bothers you. Many of your symptoms could also be caused to bad nutrition. Do not eat white breads, starches, sugars. Not just because these things can make you fat, but because they cause bad things to happen in the body and they block the bodies ability to absorb the little amount of nutrition left in to todays's food after years of farming land until no vitamins are left to be found. Do everything you can to support your immune system. Avoid stress, alcohol, anything that you can do to keep your symptoms from getting worse. If you don't start taking the measures necessary to control it, it will start to control you.
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i Have been having the same symptoms as all of you ladies. The weeks before and after mt period are the worst. I feel like my vagina is going to burst into flames. The only thing that is different from most of you is I'm dark skinned and dark eyed
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I just posted something about this for myself!  

I have ONE vaginal "blister" on my upper vaginal skin fold.  Ive been faithfully sexual with my husband for 3 years now.  There is only one, and it's not that painful.  It is painful to touch and if urine gets on it as well.  I've only had it for about 2 days and have never had anything like it before.  It's skin color just a little red, and hard to see just looking.  It doesnt look like a zit or pimple, it's kinda like an ulcer looking thing i guess.  I'm really scared to go to a doctor (and yes i KNOW i should), but I just wanted to see what other thought it could be or if anyone has this problem before.  I have looked at pics of STDs and it looks NOTHING like any picture I have seen.  I did have an IUD placed about a week ago, and me and my husband have been very sexual active since.  Please help!!
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I started with this same problem,and my gyno can't find anything!! The pain was so bad I thought i was gonna die yesterday so I decided to put a little Benadryl cream on the area, and it was magic!! it stopped the burning,pain,inflamation (inflammation)!! I'm not sure if were supposed to use it but it has hepled way better than all of those steriod creams!!
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I have had the sma peoples for about a year. The thing is that I had really cut myself pretty bad with a razor. To the white meat. About a month after my cycle the cut reopened. I rushed to the emergency room because other bumps started to reappear. The doctor told me there was nothing to worry about. It had looked like my skin had keloid. Told me to get some neosporin and he prescribed me some antibiotics, just in case. Labs were negative. I have been to get check ups frequently. But every now and again the same cut gets reopened. This has happened with protected sex and unprotected sex. Unprotected in a monogomist relationship. Recently I had protected sex and instantly i felt discomfort in the same spot. No STDS no weaked immune system. Very unsure. Even the doctor said that it did not resemble an STD.
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If it is not herpes, you must have the blood test for that to be sure, never take a doctors word for anything or you'll be spending your life in the doctors office. That is how they make money, then it is not a weakened immune system but rather a damaged one that causes this problem. Most likey your immune system is in over drive which causes these cuts to occur. It is most likely an auto immune disease like the one I have, Behcet's Syndrome. Or it could mild immune damage. It really depends on what in the enviroment caused this damage. If it's a parasite or infection, for example lyme disease, Reiter's Syndrome, West Nile, a long course of antibotics like minocycline (at least four months) can make sure there is no under lying infection which caused this damage. Also try things to support your immune system's ability to heal, diet, exercise, stress control (extremely important), and multi-vitamins. If you continue to have problems after that, you may have long term immune damage that may or may not get better or evolve, depending on what caused the damage, how much, and how often. Most doctors do not specialize in treating this type of problem so they would not have any good advice for you. You may want to try a Rheumatologist, they treat every type of inflammatory illness including those that cause this symptom. I recommend you try hydrocortizone (anti-itch) cream. They have it at any drug store. It helps with a lot more that itching. It is a steriod and can be used to fight inflammation and get to the source this problem. If your cuts are extremely deep, ask a doctor for some type of steriod instead. See itf that heals your cuts. Also a mild immune suppressant called colchicine can heal these cuts and keep them from coming back.
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Hi. Benadryl is an anti-hystamine. It works like a steriod would to fight inflammation. I don't know if it will be stronge enough to heal the cuts, but it should definitely help with the inflammation. Be careful you don't use enough to over dose yourself on it, but if it's working for you, that's great. Hystamine is involved in inflammation. You should still let you doctor know about your symptoms and what you are using to treat it.
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I have had previous blood work and my std check-up. nothing of that matter. i have also had a pelvic exam and one done by a specialist. i have hpv- high risk, the cancer causing type, not the genital warts causing. this cut, only one, in the spot that i cut myslef only appears every so often. either after my cycle. maybe only when I wear pads, have not really paid that much attention. or maybe an allergic reaction to latex. because they were pretty much on the same day and instantly after sex i felt soreness in that spot. the doctor said it did not resemble any std of that matter. but i do go for a follow up next month and i will mention this reoccurance again.
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I can't believe I have finally found this information. I have these same "paper cuts" for about a year now. My husband gets so frustrated with me and i'm the one dealing with them! I have only ever had sex with my husband who I know is faithful and my dr. is stumped too! I've tried the steroid cream and dr. says it's not herpes. I will read this whole thread to see if anyone has come up with any good ideas. I will try the journal too as someone mentioned to see if I can pin point when these occur. I have started thinking recently that it may be a semen allergy, but why now? My husband and I have been having sex for 12 years!
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I can not believe what I am reading!!  I had a blister like cut something inside the wall of  the vaginal a day before my period but two days after having sex with my husband.  I thought the skin was tore or something so I didnt really think anything of it until my during my period three more appeared. They were quite painful especially when I urinated.  I wore skirts and extremely big panties because of the irritation.  Immediately my husband suspected herpes, was tested (blood) and both 1 and 2 came back negative.  I went to the doctor but the lesions were gone.  He told me he needed to see them to confirm herpes.  A few days prior to the lesions, I had a cold sore in the corner of my mouth.  I have been getting them for about 20 years at least four a year.  They come for about four days and then I am done.  I have never been tested for herpes but I think it is time.  The lesions did not look like a cold sore, they were single pimple like bumps that went away with my period.  I am due for my period in about a week and I am starting to feel that same irritation again.  

This time if they come back, I will have the doctor check them out (ugh).  Also, I have  warts in my pubic hair.  This is something I have experienced for MANY years!

Thanks for being so open to talk about your experiences.  My husband thinks I have been unfaithful yet I know for a FACT I haven't.  I just don't understand that if it is herpes, why did it take so long to manifest?  And if it is not herpes, what is it then?

Thanks for listening!!
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I am so thrilled I am not alone.  I noticed these painful little ouchies a few months ago, they'd come and go.  I KNOW its not an STD.  I've only had one partner (and he's only ever had me).  I was like... WTH could this BE?!?!

I hesitated to mention it to him because I know it's not an STD, I thought maybe a vaginal cyst of some sort.  I only get one at a time, and I've only had 3-4.  They are small, on the inner lip of the vagina.  They feel hard, much smaller than a pea.  Normally the resolve on their own but are quite painful.  I think that they must be some kind of cyst.  The one I have now is irritated to the point of bleeding a bit.

I am 4-6 days late on my period (as if that adds anything).  Fair skin/light hair/green eyes.  I would like to reiterate that they are not STD's.  I've been tested and I am monogamous.

I am just happy I am not the only one.  I was worried.

~Young Mom of 4
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I am a 28 year old, fair skin, green eyes woman.  About 3 months ago I noticed a cut on my left inner vaginal lip.  My left lymph node gland is swollen as well.  The lesion appeared around a week and a half before my period, then went away after my perid.  Since the first occurance, this has happen to my every month at around the same time.  I start iching, I can't help but scratch, then I feel a burning... look down there and find a cut less that the size of a pea.  (like the size of a pimple)  It is an open sore and hurts.  I've had canker sores, and it reminds me of them, except for it's on my vaginal lip.  This sore comes back in the same place always on the left side.  I am under a lot of stress and feel tired.  My doctor thought it was herpes, so she did a culture.  The test came back negative.  My husband (for 5 years) got tested for herpes (blood test) and showed positive for Herpes 1 but negative for Herpes 2. Herpes 1 is the coldsores.  Last month the burning was so bad that I went back tothe doctor insisting that I must have a bacteria infection.  She agreed that my symptoms were consistant with a bacteria infection and prescribed me antibiotics.  I've been finished with the antibotics for about a week ago.  The burning is gone,  but I just realized that the lesion is back today.  (Again, about a week and a half before my period).  I will make an appiontment to discuss the possibility of Behcet's Syndrome.  But, is it too soon for the doctors to diagnosis something such as this?  If Trac777 is out there, I would greatly appreciate your additional feedback.
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I am not pale and have brown hair and still have these exact symptoms posted above -- so the fair theory is out. And I'm a virgin. Been having these on and off since getting chicken pox in my teenage years. It's excruiciating. Three doctors didn't believe me so they all did herpes tests, which all came back negative. Nothing helps other than "waiting it out," as someone else said. I also get canker sores in my mouth, but never cold sores. It happens right before my period, particularly when I'm a bit stressed, and every few years. But when it happens it's horrible. Also starts off as itching. What could it be??? We all have this problem, no pain relief and no solutions. (I just take a lot of ibuprofen - at about 800 mg, it makes " a dent" in the pain for me) It's obviously a virus because it keeps recurring, but what kind?
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I read over everones comments and I have to say I am concerned that I may have the Herpes Virus.  About 2 weeks ago I noticed a small bump-like sore inside the right side of my vaginal lips.  And one on the crease of my leg.  Its almost like a razor bump but with pus-like fluid that exits when I push on it.  It does not itch or burn I am just very self consious.  I heard it could be just a cyst or infection from shaving because I shave down there regurally.  Does anyone have a idea of what this my be?
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I have been having this problem every since I had the Novasure procedure.  That is the procedure where they "burn" the uterine lining to help with heavy period bleeding.  I don't know if it is a coincidence or not.  Basically, I started noticing I would get extreme itching after my husband and I had sex.  I would also get the little tears.  Last week, I was having the itiching, then a tear, then I got a small bump...like a pimple on the outside of my vagina.  I squeezed it and puss-like fluid came out.  It is healing fine but there is a little white dot in the center.  I also started my period right after.  Does this sound similar to anyone?
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I am also dark haired darked eyed. I have had these symptons off and on for the last year or so. I have very sensitive skin and have to be very careful about soaps, lotions etc. I also have a bit of exzema (eczema) so I thought it was all attributed to dry skin but this has been the worst ever. Tears when I urinate, hurts to walk and sit. I thought I had a yeast infections combined with a UTI or something. I have never had a UTI. I have been married for almost 11 years and I know it's not an STD. I was a little nervous I guess so it took me a while to tell my doctor but he too tested me for herpes came back negative. This is crazy. I have to be so careful now during intercourse because I feel like I can tear or rip at any time during intercourse. I am glad I found something like this b/c it's baffling.

I could see stress, lowered immune system and dry sensitive skin all playing a role in this. I am starting a cleanse today to try and balance my yeast levels and lay off sugars, starches, etc. I haven't been very good at taking vitamins lately I have always been good at it. I think it's been about a year since I have stopped faithfully taking vitamins, and lactobacillus acidophilus to keep the good bacteria in and the bad bacteria out of the digestinal track.

I want to check into this pinworm thing a bit more b/c my daughter has very bad skin also and I don't want her suffering from this as well.

Oh also I love all the advice thanks to everyone. One other thing I don't think I saw posted anywhere If you are a big soda drinker that also kills your immune system.
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Im 21 years old and have had these "cuts" in my vaginal area for about 8 months now i havnt gone to the doctors yet but i am also worried that it would be something more serious, It hurts so much when i urinate and especially when i wipe and i see blood spots on the tissue and i just cant bare with it anymore i thought it was only me that was experiencing this and i get comfort in knowing im not the only one going through this.... so like one girl said before she used vaseline and ive tried that before and it feels as if it helps a bit but then the next day it starts all over again... has anyone tried anything else that may have soothed the pain? please help.
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I can't believe I finally found another group of women with same symptons!  At least I know I'm not nuts but I find it a little alarming that no one can say what causes these lesions.  Mine also seem to be link to my menstrual cycle.  I thought I was cutting myself shaving but i stopped shaving and this month i still got one.  I remember one gynecologist laughed it off and told me to ease up on the rough sex!  I can't even remember the last time I had sex!

Still looking for an answer.....
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Hi all, I'm glad that I found this site too! I also have experienced these 'lesions' a few times over the last several years & have found something that provides relief that I did not see mentioned elsewhere -- First, the symptoms...Twice it occurred the first time I had  unprotected sex with a new partner (after we'd successfully used condoms and waited until we knew each other was 'safe'), and once I could not determine the cause. I am also fair skinned and have skin sensitivities to just about everything. It feels to me as if I'm allergic to the ejaculate. The day after coming in contact with it, I will have a thick off-white discharge, and this discharge will cause the lesions just outside of my vagina. I've tried a couple different doctors & they take one look and declare herpes, but I've had both the culture & blood test for it and it's always negative. I've also been tested for every std imaginable & all is negative, thank God. It is excruciating, particularly when I pee. Finally, I asked for them to treat it as a bacterial infection (even though they thought the bacteria test showed normal limits), and they gave me Metrogel -- it's messy, but it brings instant relief and clears it up every time. Maybe this will work for some of you too. Good luck to everyone.
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Hey everyone,
I was so scared to look my symptoms up online because of all of the negative things you find, So I am relieved to find women  with the smae real-life issue that I am having. I am 25 and I have been with the same partner for 7 years and married for 4. We have 2 children together ages 2 1/2 and 3 months old. We have had unprotected sex for about 6 years and there has never been an issue come up other than some vaginal dryness and occasional "split" in my vaginal tissue that would be painful, but clear up after a few days. The last few days I had been experiencing the usual dryness and sensed that I should start with the cotton panties, but this morning I checked in down there with a mirror and I noticed I had bumps on my labia and some sore-like spots around the outer "lips" and down closer to my anus. I immediately called my Dr. and got an appointment and went this afternoon. (I guess yesterday afternoon because it is 4 in the morning and I can't sleep!) the Dr. wasn't sure what it is so he has decided to send me to an OBGYN. So, naturally I came dropped my children at my moms and asked my husband to meet me at home and I confronted him and asked if he had been with someone else and not to dare lie to me and he has sworn up and down that he has been faithful. I have not been with anyone else and I haven't even as much as sat on a dirty toilet seat (although I am not sure that is a myth or not) I made sure this morning that I showered without using soap down there and ensured that the area was well rinsed and patted & air dried. I have been checking in down there periodically since my appintment and sadly it is getting worse. The only way I can explain the feeling is itchy-burn. I feel like I should just sit with my legs wide open and walk like I just got off a horse! The sores are looking more like tears that are irritated and I am constantly feeling wetness although there is nothing out of the norm there. I cannot sleep and when I doze off, I only have horrible dreams associated with this...I cannot escape it and I could normally sleep through a tornado!

I take comfort in knowing that I am not alone. If only that comfort would help me sleep! Ahhh!


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I to suffer with this...it comes and goes and I get it mostly after my period.  Usually for three days after my period I have a fowl discharge with burning, pain this time to I have a lesion larger then the others in the past and yes I have the razor blade cut feeling when tinkling.  So painful I can not have sex...I am going to get this checked out next Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. I will let you know what's up I will be checked for STD's as well.  I hate going but I can not keep living with this terrible odor and pain.  I have been using Bacatrcian which helps with the burning.  This time I am a little scared I did have a brownish yellowish green tint discharge and it smells so bad I am embrassed to be around people cause I can smell it so if I can I know they can and I have meeting and things to do 6 days until I go to the docotor's this is a nightmare.
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Ladies! I've had these for a long time... once in a blue moon. The are like a little bubble under the skin at the crease between the thigh and vag or else where on the lips of the vagina. They hurt TERRIBLY especially when they occur where the under rubs. If you try to 'pop' them they have a clear drainage and trying to do it is pretty excruciating.
   I was diagnosed with HPV ( human papiloma Virus) a few years back and from the information I've found these 'blisters' can be attributed to this. HPV can only be detected by your doctor IF they swab the part of the cervix that it is present in.

I know this isn't a treatment of any sort but at least you may be a step closer to the cause.

As far as canker sores- you can help prevent their severity by taking Lysine when you feel the tingly/ on set of a fever blister.

Good luck!
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Hello everyone, I am a white pale female 48 years old. 2 yrs. ago I had a lesion between my vulva and anius. It stung, it felt as if I was ripping apart. I couldn't have sex with my husband, it was awful. First diagnosed with having Bowan's Disease, then they called it Dysplasia, then called in VIN then was diagnosed by a pathologist as being Carcinoma Situ.  I wanted a fourth opinion and went to MD Anderson Cancer Center and they diagnosed me as having HPV.  MD Anderson Center is one of the worlds best cancer centers in the world. I was relieved it wasn't cancer, but certainly can be if not treated. But like alot of you, I also was diagnosed with having Ulcerative Colitis/Chron's Disease/IBD and continuing having horrible problems with that and still have break outs with my Vulva/vagina.  The first apperance was on my leg, like a blister/pimple and it just spread and progressed.  This isn't something to mess around with, if you still have your cervix and young, don't just stop and wait to see what happens next, get help.  I was told two years ago not many doctors know too much about this virus/disease. I personally found that hard to believe, but after many doctors I figured this might be true.
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I wanted to add something else Ahjohn05 said that reminded me about my papsmear. I had this lesion and my doctor saw it, she's the one who told me I had it, I just thought I had a tear down there. She swabed it and it came back as being a normal pap. BS, she knew it and so did I, because there was physical evidence saying other wise, so not always does a pap show up as being abnormal when you know what your feeling and seeing is abnormal.   Again it is nothing to wait around to what what happens, especially if you still have your cervix, this does spread and is a leading cause to ovaran cancer, this is what I've been told, not to scare any of you. I don't have a cervix but I can still get vulva cancer.


  

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Hello Ladies

I found many of your comments comforting and helpful and wanted to make a few suggestions as well.  I have been struggling with similar symptoms for about a year now.  I went off of the birth control pills that I had been taking for many years which improved my symptoms slightly.  I saw a gyno-dermatologist that prescribed Apo-amitriptyline oral pills to take at bedtime to "numb" pain symptoms- this has helped tremendously...overtime your body gets used to the dosage though so lessens the effectiveness, but still a God send.  This doctor also recommended using premarin cream to heal the papercut tears and strengthen/thicken skin.  She also suggested crisco cooking shortening to use as a mosturizer daily to get off the prescription creams.  I still have bad flare ups from time to time, but don't experience the constant daily pain I used to...the pills and cream helped me a lot so wanted to share the tips
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Hello,

  I am so sorry to hear about the discomforts you are having to live with.  I have a 19 year old daughter who has been to a obgyn several times due to getting cuts in her vaginal area.  Her and her boyfriend have stopped having sex because the pain is so sever.  She gets the cuts through out the month how ever does say the cuts are worse before her period.  She also reports in her job she has to squat alot and will feel herself tear just going into the squating position.  She has had test for stds and the doctor has even given her a biopsy and found nuthing.  She calls me up in tears sometime because of the pain.  She now is having tears also around her rectum area.  I know she has been doing researsh on this problem and found that it may be caused by low  levels of estrogen.  She has talked to her doctor about this and she felt at 19 she sould not have a problem with her estrogen levels.  She is do to go back to a specialist  at kaiser on the 17 of march hopefully we will have some good news we can share.
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I have been having the same problem with my (now husband) and as far as I know we have only been together and we have been together for 9 years.  I am in so much pain and it is unbearable.  Sometimes he kind of makes me feel bad for not wanting to have sex so we will have sex when they are barely healed.  He gets the tears to just around the lower edge of his cap.  Has anyone else noted this similarity.  This is horrible and I want to be trusting, but now I am starting to question if I need to go to the doctors and be screened for an STD as everyone else seems to have done.  I almost don't want to find the issue if that is what it is.  
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hey, i forgot to mention I stopped nursing around the time that I first started getting these lesions, so I really think the hormone thing could be right on track, but I can't take BC.  Anybody know a good way to reset hormones without it?
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This is just a suggestion but I have tried Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream and it worked, it calmed the itching and formed a seal over the sores so it didnt hurt so much when i urinated. I too have been tested for herpes (NEGATIVE) and have been demented with worry. I get these tiny tiny little blisters, 2 or 3, just after my period. They last about 4 days.

The itching, the burn, the split and the healing, all sped up when i used this cream. Worth a try girls.
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I am also so glad I found this. it feels good to know I am not along I have one lesion that has been there for 2 years and have some that come and go. Does anyone know what to use to relieve the itching?
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So I, as with all of you other woman, have this same freakin problem. The only thing I found the helps is taking probiotics and when the little lesions appear using tea tree oil. It burns if you have a bad break out but it clears them up in the next couple days! You have to keep the area as dry as possible, so I usually make sure I stay clean as possible and wear looser clothes. But seriously tea tree oil, get it at any health food store. It helps for all sorts of things.
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I have found the oil H-Balm from the website www.*******.com to be quite effective in reducing the pain and preventing the breakouts as well if there is a breakout it lessens the duration
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I have the same problem. It just started recently with one little but that I think was white at first and then that broke and spread into a paper-cut like sore. It's been on my vagina for about 3 months and now I have a smaller one just above the hood of my clitoris forming. They don't really hurt unless I pick at them. On occasion they will itch and feel "burning like. I've been to the doctor and tested negative for Herpes and HPV so I don't know what else what cause something like this.
I was however tested positive for Chlaymida and yeast infection but I was treated with cream and anti-biotics for those things. I don't have either anymore but i still have the cuts/sores on my vagina and I have no clue what going on down there.
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Right now im so worried about having herpes. I had unprotected sex ( I knwo, stupid) with ONE man my entire life. We were together for 3 years and I had no symptoms of anything ( he was also STD tested and everything came back negative on multiple accounts over the years). I found out I had HPV several months after we split up, and then in Octover I had ONE little spot that really hurt ( on the outer lip, lower down). it hurt for weeks and I finally went to the dr. and he did a swab test ( he said it was a small lesion that was healing) and it came back negative for herpes. Well 5 months later that spot hurt again, stinging and hurting like hell - i go back and THIS time he said it looks "typical of herpes", and he took a swab test. The thign is I have only ever been with this one boy, and he has gotten several negative results on blood tests concerning herpes ( and everything else he could be tested for). I also never ever saw anything suspicious on him down there. Also, they say wheny ou have herpes your first outbreak is the worst, and I never even HAD an issue until 5-6 months after we broke up after a 3 year relationship ( when we were sexually active). And I have NEVER been with another man in any way. I just am so scared that its going to herpes and that all his tests are false negatives, but Im praying its not.... I'll get my results on Thursday of this upcoming week :/
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my story is slightly different from everyone else's. I recently went to visit my boyfriend who i had not seen in a very long time. we had unprotected sex ( dumb on me). well the last night i was there, i was already a little sore from having sex the three nights before that, he went down on me (by the way he has braces). the next night i noticed that something was hurting down there (felt like cuts). they gradually have gotten worse (that was 4 nights ago since we had sex). it is very painful to pee, even walk and have that area brush against one another. one cut is at the bottom of the opening to my vagina and the other one is just inside the lips. im really scared because i have never had anything thing like this happen before. is it possible that it is just a cut from his braces? i do notice discharge coming from the sore....
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I am sooooooooo incredibly relieved that i have found this site. I have had itchy dicharge and these paper cuts for 4 months. I just went to my gyno and she said put neosporin on it and youll be okay. I tried this, and it worked for like a week. I got a chlamydia test and it came back negative. This cut is between my vagina and anus and it is extremely painful when i pee. I have been trying not to wipe as much, but instead i pat dry with toilet paper after urinating. i have been in a monogamus relationship for over 2 years and we always use condoms and im on bc. in october  my insurance changed my bc to the generic brand and since i have noticed more discharge, migraines and these paper cuts started appearing. I would like to just believe it is the bc but i cant be so optimisstic......my boyfriend thinks i hate having sex with him cause i never want to do it only because i dont want to be in pain. I am calling my gyno again tomorrow to have her look again and get a herpes test i guess. i am going to cross my fingers for a negative result. I am just grateful to have found MANY women with the same problem, i am so relieved
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Wow... this really is amazing.  I just began having the very same symptoms.  The first lesion I got came with a slight fever, but I was already sick with a cold. It also came on the day before my period began that week.  This past week right before my period, I got another, not so severe lesion.  They are small, flat and pea sized and have very very small amounts of discharge.  I went to my gyno and she has no idea what they could be.  My mom tells me she had the same symptoms as I did when she was a girl, and they lasted on and off for about 5 years (which is very disheartening to hear; they are painful when I sit and urinate).  I have no idea what this problem could be, but perhaps it is auto-immune?  I, too am very fair-skinned and burn easily.  I am 17 years old, and not sexually active.
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I have the same problem for about a year now.  I don't know what to do if I itch it it gets worse.  And sometime I bleed if I itch it to much. I also get cuts up on top and by my butt. In fact my mother and I have been talking she has it too. She has been going to the doctors and they don't know what it is... I don't even wait to have sex sometimes.  Because I don't know if I will tare even more.  I make sure I am washed and clean and I feel better. I wash myself all the time making sure I am clean a fresh.  if I even think about starting to itch I CAN NOT STOP... I almost feel like a dog when you rub a dog on his back by his tale how much they enjoy it... That's how I feel I can't get enough.  Sometimes I even start to bleed.  Anyways this ***** I don't know what to do anymore.
Someone please help!!!


Thank you to all the ladys who are writing about the something!!!


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Hello ladies,
I'm in the same boat. I have spent the past 3 hours reading countless things on the net, trying to figure out whats wrong with me, when I found this site. It's wonderful to know I'm not alone because right now I feel so low, scared and upset.
Im a 24 yr old, Aussie female with the fair skin, blonde hair, blue eyes that some of you have mentioned as a possible link to this mystery condition. About 3 months ago, I presented to a doctor with a sore, red and very itchy vagina. I had experienced this for a few days prior and self treated myself for thrush with over the counter medication. The irritation subsided but then returned with 2 spots that began as red, tender lumps on the outer labia and after a few days they got extremely sore and had small amounts of pus like fluid in them. The doctor examined me and told me it could be herpes and did a swab test and full STD blood test, including Herpes. He placed me on the anti-viral medication for herpes in case thats what it was and this helped (or maybe Ithought it did). I was extremely distraught and upset as I have a serious boyfriend and we have both been tested for STD's at the start of the relationship 9 months ago before choosing to have unprotected sex. Prior to this I have never had unprotected sex and have had few partners. I have had several STD tests in my sexual past and aside from a positive result to gonoorhea ( god, knows how I got this when I was celebate for 2 years when I tested positive) I have tested negative to herpes.
Anyway, a week later I returned to the doc only to find my swab and blood test for herpes was negative. I was then told the sores must be inflamed/infected hair follicles from the laser treatment I get down there and that I had a bacterial infection called Bacterial Vaginosis which was causing the redness, itch and pain during sex. I was prescribed antibiotics called Flagyl and symptoms disappeared completely. I felt fantastic and relieved to be "herpes free" for the next 3 months.
HOWEVER, last Sunday my partner and I had sex and later that night I experienced unbearable itching, aching labia (as if someone had attached weights to my outer lips and they were being pulled downwards), redness and extreme soreness (possibly from my scratching. I got no sleep that night and couldn't find any relief from the itch. I thought it was thrush and used copius amounts of Canestan cream to no avail. I went to the doctor the next day and she said due to my history it must be vaginosis again or thrush. I was put back on Flagyl and used a whole tube of thrush cream and took the oral tablet. In the mean time a small, red raised lump has appeared in the same place as the first time, however it didn't get any bigger and didn't turn into a blister or pus filled ulcer. It just remained red, and slightly raised, isn't itchy or particularly sore and was later accompanied by these paper cut like tears everyone talks about. I had 2, one on the left of the inner lip, and the other at 12 o'clock on the top of the where the outter lips meet. I returned to the doc and told him the antibiotics hadn't stopped the itch only dulled it and now I had a lump and tears. He refused to examine me and told me to use a Hydrozol cream from the chemist and I'd be fine. I then immediately went to a diff doc, told her my story, she examined me, took another Herpes swab test and told me it could be chronic thrush or indeed herpes. I'm on holidays now at my parents house, I can't relax, i'm worried sick and I can't get my results until I return home. I'm terrified its Herpes but can't understand how it could be when the swab test (taken during a break out the day the sore first appeared) and the blood test could come back negative. All prior blood tests have been neg and my bf's STD check was also negative.
I realise my comment is a novel now so I'll stop, but I'm so sick of being plagued by this condition!! We all need an answer!! I will let you know of my result in a few days.

Goodluck everyone
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Sorry ladies, me again. Forgot to mention that both episodes of this mystery condition both occured 1 or 2 days before my period was due. Strange that this seems to be a common thread in most people's condition.
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Recent update:

Went to the doctors on Saturday to get my test results. The test for herpes and other STD's came back negative (3rd time now). My tests for  a yeast infection and other bacterial infections were also negative. The only thing I did test postive for was Group B Streptococcus. The doctor said it's a type of bacteria found in most people's bodies and poses no threat to me. It only becomes dangerous if I fall pregnant as it can be passed onto the child during birth and can kill or cause brain damage etc if the mother is not treated with antibiotics during labour.

So really.. I still have no answers to what is causing my condition. I'm frusterated and scared to do anything that might cause it to come back.
I'll keep everyone updated if anything more is discovered...
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The is interesting I tested positive for Group B Streptococcus when I was pregnant and had to get the antibiotic while I was in labor. What if some women are just more sensitive than others?
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I'm also curious if the hormones in our birth control methods are not causing our problems.  I have the Mirena IUD.  I think mine might be infected.  I have an appointment on the 28th of May.
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I think that I have the same problem as what u all describe hear. I am very worried because I think its a STD (Gential (genital) Herpes). It realy burns when I go to the bathroom to pee.  Before this current outbreak I have gotten it some time last year, but I was young and thought it was a yeast infection, cause it will begin to itch. Because I thought it was yeast I bought a Vagsil cream. The cream will help but putting it on it will burn the little sore on the inner side of my vagnia lips. I would get frustrated and dont no what to do, it came a time that the itch was so unbearable that i sat and scartch it with my finger nails, but all I did was make it bleed. When it went away I was relief but unfortunately it came back somedays ago. Now its driving me mad. I now think its herpes and I am afraid to have sex or even mention it to my boyfriend. This, (whatever it names) is making me really uncomfortable and self conscious. Everytime I go to pee I have to bathe. I cant even wear underwear cause it hurts. I started washing my vagnia with Eve Summers products and found little relieve. At night I will be so stress that I will rub my whole vagnia with baby oil lotion and apply the vagsil cream on the inner lips, it burns like hell but I sleep with out underwear and I put the fan right between my leags so it cools down and i get a good night rest.  I dont know what to do cause it itches all the time. Am really worried that I have contracted a STD. I will be going to a private doctor tomorrow and hopefully he has a answer to my condition. If any of u have any answers please share it with me, I will appreciate it a whole lot.

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I don't think it is an STD, but I'd love to hear what the doctor says.
Sounds to me like u just irratied your skin.  She my had used something that disagreed with your skin down there like me.  Keep us updated
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Here's What I've Found...
Hi everyone,
i've been looking into this issue and it seems that it may be due to yeast infections. Often these infections do not have very noticeable symptoms, so do not be too quick to decide you don't have one.

i found the following information:
classic symptoms of yeast infections include vulvar itching, redness, and irritation. If your urinary opening is inflamed, you may have to urinate somewhat more frequently than usual, and urination may be uncomfortable. If your infection is severe, your vulva may swell and fine breaks, called fissures, may appear. Your vaginal discharge will become thicker, whiter, and curd-like (similar to cottage cheese in texture and appearance). Inflammation
of the vulva and vagina, combined with the dryness of your discharge, makes intercourse painful.


I've found the sweet almond oil is a wonderful method of increasing elasticity and make tearing less likely. There is also a natural antibacterial oil called ozonol. If inserted into the vagina it can cure yeast infections.

I hope at least some of this helps.

Cheers.
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I am SOOO happy to have found this page!  I had to give Jesus a quick "Thank you!"I have literally been online searching for something for years!
First the credentials..I am a 23.5 yr. old  straight African American woman. Brown Skin/Brown Hair. I am a full time college student and work full time as well. My story is slightly different than most, but because I have learned SO much from everyone elses bravery, I'll share.
I first noticed the itching/burning/bumps when I was about 5 or 6 years old. I was molested for a few years as a small child so my mother wasnt all that surprised. She took me to a doctor who tested me for different STD's and all of the tests came back negative. I have had constant vaginal wetness, alternating from the normal lubrication your body makes to a white almost waterproof type discharge. It's not of the cottage cheese variety, as all the google answers seem to thing, its a strange wet/dry texture..I dont know I cant explain it. I continued to have the lesions as I got older, with the pain reaching it's peak right about mid puberty, and still have them today. They appear out of nowhere, generally at night, and last for roughly 24-36hrs. before they disappear entierly. They are VERY painful and will progress from raised inflammed bumps to tears and lacerations. They generally occur on the outer labia, both sides, working its way down toward my anus. Recently, I have frequently begun to have tears right above the clitoral hood.I have been told by numerous doctors/ob-gyns that it's just a bad yeast infection, prescribed pills or topical ointments, that dont work, and told to go about my day.I am sexually active and have required that my partners show me proof of their most recent clean bill of health as I show mine. Hey! It may sound demanding but you can never be TOO careful! My molestor died recently and when he did his wife shared that he had a plethora of STD's. I was, of course, concerned and checked again for a gambit of STD's including Herpes, Chlamidiya, Gonnoreah etc.  I came back negative for all of them. I have tested positive for cervical dysplaysia and have had a LEEP-LOOP procedure to remove the infected cells from my cervix. I also have a history of endometriosis and have been on birth control since 13 to control it. My GYN is still trying to get me in to get a culture from one of the sores. We have been trying this for years. Either I run a period of time where I wont have them for a few months and then I'll get them but theyre gone by morning or I get them in the afternoon on Christmas. It's like they dont want to be found out or something. LOL. I have noticed them present right around the time I begin ovulation and soon after my period. I notice them ALOT when I'm on antibiotics, such as now. I have been searching for the cause of these lesions for YEARS and although we dont have a pinpointed cause, I'm happy I'm not alone.
I've found that rinsing the area gently with cool water helps. I try to wash it with antifungal soaps, like Dial, but if that's too painful just the water. Usually if I can get to it when I'm just experiencing minor discomfort, I can slap a cool, damp towel on ithe area and just sleep it off lol. For times when I cant, I use neosporin. I know, I know, it's not supposed to go in that area but for me, it works almost instantly! Dont use a lot though because then it gets too wet and irritates it further, just a small dab on the open parts calms it down significantly.
Thanks for sharing, everyone
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I too, have been suffering intermittently for abut 10 yrs with periodic lesions, which aren't itchy but get very sore. One usually recurs in the same place about once a year on the pubic bone. I've had tests over the years and all neg except I too was positive for group B strep! I think it must be that that's causing them. Funny how lesions aren't in the list of symptoms for group B strep...??
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Hey guys, it's me again after a year later. I visited another gynecologist and was tested for herpes and everything yet again. But nothing. No funky discharge or anything. After that I went to a dermatologist and she suggested that it could be just thin skin. The break outs have toned down a lot since around November last year. They only appear now when I'm on my period so maybe it is a hormonal issue. I know when they started to occur it was a few months after I started NuvaRing. I switched to pill form and that seems to be a lot better now. However, I'm afraid to get an IUD (Mirena in mind) with this problem because it might cause the painful flare ups again.

Also, jackrabbit I hope your appointment goes well. How has your IUD been treating you?
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I actually got my Mirena IUD taken out on May 28th (when you posted), I feel like a different person.  I had so many problems--related to this IUD---the worsed being extreme vaginal sensitivity . So, far no more problems. I don't not reccommend anyone to get the Mirena IUD. My husband and I are using hormone free birth control from now on.
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i have read through almost all of your comments and i can relate to many of you. in my situation, i got sick with a sore throat, like i normally do when the weather changes, so a friend of mine brought me over some amoxicillin and ampicillin. after taking these meds, i noticed that the date had expired and i was concerned but not too much. i had a blow up with my kids and stormed out of the house to cool off. the next day i noticed that there was a tingly feeling when i urinated. i noticed some small little red bumps.

2 days later, urinating felt like i was being burned at the stake. i looked with a mirror and noticed that the red bumps were now white lesions that looked like canker sores. as time went on, i got a slight fever, then, i noticed red bumps in my throat. i went to the ER and they were baffled. one of the the doctors said that it didn't look like herpes but that they were definitely ulcers. my discharge was runny and a cream, yellowish color but there was no odor. the sores spread in my throat and on my tonsils. i was sick as hell. ER gave me levaquin and generically diagnosed me with chancroid and gave me erythromyacin. didn't help.

so i suffered some more then i came on about 3 or 4 days after all of this onset. after about a week, i went to the local clinic. they instantly said herpes and prescribed me acyclovir, zithromax and metronidazole for the BV. i was devastated. my last partner was about a month before and he was not a new partner. he did later tell me that he had contracted trichomoniasis from someone and i let him go because he told me that he hadn't been with anyone.

anyway, the symptoms seemed to go away. i could barely walk, i couldn't kiss my kids, i couldn't sleep and i lost about 20 lbs because i couldn't eat, though, i was starving. i went through bottle after bottle of ibuprofen and tylenol and found that dissolving bayer aspirin worked best in relieving the pain. well, right before the symptoms were completely gone, it flared up again. this time it seemed as if there were more on my vagina and some were almost on top of each other. painful and had the nerve to itch. i tried yeast infection med because i figured i had to have a yeast infection because of the amount of antibiotics that i had taken already. it did help to relieve the itching but the lesions kept on coming.

then i developed thrush. my tongue felt as if it had a fur coat on it and eating was out altogether. the cankers kept coming almost as if they didn't want me to eat or drink. i wound up going to vitamin world and bought noni juice, olive oil extract capsules, multi-vitamins with zinc, vitamin c, etc. in them and acidophillus capsules.

well, low and behold ladies. i created a concoction that works quite well. i, too, have done the neosporin, but i think that it prolongs these lesions because of the moisture. i bought pure olive oil from the store, broke open 3 olive oil extract caps, and one acidophillus cap and mixed them in a small bowl. when i go to the bathroom, i cleanse myself with my water bottle filled with baking soda then i dab this oil mixture on. the acidophillus forms a crusty like seal on the sores and i also mixed some of the yeast infection cream in there for the itchiness. it has worked very well. i sleep through the night even though i still have some very irritated sores.

i have been tested for every std, hiv, aids, you name it and have no positives. as far as the sores in my mouth, the doctor prescribed fluconzole and gave me troches (clotrimazole lozenges) that i suck on 5 times a day. now i have excess mucous that fills my mouth but the yeast comes off of my tongue as i gargle and spit. i use warm salt water, baking soda and peroxide to rinse with. i also use sensodyne toothpaste because regular toothpaste burns those canker sores to death.

go online and do some research on those herbs. they have helped me alot. once i get this mouth under control i will be home free. also, adding lysine to your diet can also help with the lesions.

i am a 37 y.o. black female, not fair skinned with light eyes
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I have read your comments b/c I was having the same problems and never connected my sore throat with those vaginal lesions but it makes sense now. I am a dark skinned African American with brown eyes and about a year and a half agostarted looking into natural herbs and the natural way of living. I wanted to start with a clean slate and decided to cleanse my entire body inside and out by using "The Master Cleanse" (google it) before I did the cleanse I read the book the Yeast Connection and realized that most of my symptoms were caused by YEAST! I ate lots of sugary, starchy foods and foods that are very acidic. Also I was eating lots of processed foods as well which filled me with toxins. I lived a very stressful life as do most of us. I did the cleanse for 10 days and although at first it was rough, by the end of it I felt like a new person! Oh yea I had also been trying to conceive for 5 years and when I ended the cleanse on that Saturday had no problem conceiving on the very next Thursday durring ovulation. As women our bodies absorb toxins such as yeast and this may be a way that our bodies is trying to rid itself of some toxins. My advice is to try a cleanse and change your diet to a more fruit/veggi friendly diet and try to make time for yourselves so that you can destress. I know it's hard b/c we are women, but if we don't have an outlet our bodies will go haywire. Take care and Peace to all.
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I am a fair skinned woman & have numerous allergies, which I take Allegra for.  I have patches of skin on my arms, legs, etc. that become red, dry and itchy after bathing.  I even have skin problems in my scalp, which I have been advised is psoraisis (psoriasis).  But I am experiencing the same type of irratation as all of you have listed, mainly occurring right after sex with my husband of 9 years, and around the time of my monthly cycle.  I have had recent testing, including STDs and Pap, all negative.  The thing that I find interesting is this, both my mother and my cousin have the same thing (they are both fair skinned), and are extremely faithful wives, and have had their share of testing, too.  My Mom has the same type skin allergies I have, except for the psoriasis of the scalp.  The possibility of it being hormonally related sounds like it could be right on key.  I am at my wit's end with it, and have even read up extensively on allergic reactions to semen, which REALLY made my husband happy. lol  Anyway, I hope someone finds out what this is soon, because it is very frustrating for both myself & my husband.  He feels like I just don't want to have sex with him (which is TOTALLY NOT the case - he's an ex-bodybuilder/firefighter - WHEW!), but it takes my body almost a week to recover from the extreme irritation, and then my monthly comes, and the irritation is there again.  Someone in the medical community needs to do some SERIOUS RESEARCH!!  
I will definitely try the no white stuff (sugar, starches) approach & see if it helps.  Anything is worth a shot.

The cousin I previously mentioned has such extreme skin allergies, she can't use any type of dishwashing detergent, except Ivory, or her hands burn and peel & her 18 month old daughter (who loves to help with the dishes) has the same type of skin allergy.
I have to be careful with even what type of toilet tissue I use, or I become VERY irritated.  
Also, I have ovarian cysts, I noticed that some of you ladies mentioned that, as well, which would lend credibility of sorts to the hormonal theory.
I also have breast cysts and a pineal cyst in the brain.
I had no idea if any of this could be linked, but figured I'd throw it in, in case anyone else has experienced these things in conjunction with the irritation.
This is just a nightmare.
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Hi i've been experiancing some small lesions on my lips, lubia, and surrounding my vagina. About two weeks ago a was rapped and i'm terrified because i don't want it to be herbes. the lesions look like they could be blisters but they don't have anything in them. I've poked them with safty pins but only blood comes out.I've been searching the internet and nothing seems to describe my symptoms. The only time they hurt is when i wash up. I went to the doctor last week and they said it could be herpes but i have to wait for the results. I just wanted to know that lesions don't always mean std. I also have alot of allergies including ecxema,outdoor, indoor, and food allergies. I just want to know that herpes is not the only answer. I go to the doctor tomorrow. I pray that I'm right!
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Hi.Im really new at this and i was reading this page and im glad to know im not alone.Ive had the sores comes and go for a lonf time and even though i told my gynacologist i never got tested for anything.Im somewhat scared now because my boyfriedn of 4years and 6 months complaints of getting the sores sometimes too.I always had the sores even before i started the relationship with him and he says he only gets the sores like 2 years ago.I just wanted to know if this has happend o anybody else.Thank you
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Wow i am glad i amn not alone i feel like i have some problem that no one can figure out been in the same relationship for 8 years and have this problem is there anything that will help it make them better tried yeast cream a and d and vas its not hellping someone please
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Hi everyone
I am 18 and I've also been having these paper cut like lesions on the inside of my labia. I've had them once before when I had a fever and pneumonia but there were only two very small cuts that bled and were some what painful. Now i pneumonia again with a fever and the cuts are back but they are way worse. They sting so bad and it's the most painful thing when I urinate that I only go to the restroom once a day. I've been two three different doctors and they all say they don't know what it is and that it looks like herpes. This frustrates me because I am a virgin and don't know how that is possible. I thought i was the only one who had this. I tried putting a little vitamin E oil on the cuts and it helps a little bit. Does any one know what this could be? I hope you all get better.
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i HAVE HAD THE SAME PROBLEM EXCEPT MY VAGINAL LESION HAPPENS IN THE SAME SPOT EVERY SINGLE TIME.  tHE WEIRD THING IS THE PROBLEM GOES AWAY A COUPLE DAYS BEFORE MY PERIOD AND DOES NOT COME BACK UNTIL ABOUT A WEEK AFTER MY PERIOD WITH THE SYMPTOMS GETTING WORSE.  tHIS CYCLE HAS BEEN OCCURING FOR ABOUT A YEAR NOW.  THE DOCTOR I JUST SAW SAYS IT COULD BE HERPES BUT I DONT THINK IT IS BECAUSE I HAVE NOT HAD SEX IN WELL OVER TWO YEARS AND WE USED PROTECTION. I ALSO DONT THINK IT IS HERPES BECAUSE IT HAPPENS IN THE LOWER RIGHT REGION EVERY SINGLE TIME.  i WOULD THINK IF IT WAS AN INFECTION I WOULD BE HAVING PROBLEMS ELSEWHERE.  I HAVE A COUPLE MORE DAYS TELL I FIND OUT WHAT IT TRULY IS BUT FROM WHAT I HAVE BEEN READIN I MIGHT NOT GET AN REAL ANSWEAR.  BTW I AM BLACK SO I DO NOT THINK THIS IS A PROBLEM FOR JUST FAIR SKINNED PEOPLE.
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Hello Everyone.  I am so excited that I have finally found a group of people that understand exactly what I am going through.  Though my symptoms now are like everyone elses there are vast differences in the beginning, I am a 31 year old african american woman.  10 years ago it started off as boils(absess (abscess)) under my arms.  That was horrible for about 7 years twice a month I would get several under my arms.  Then it moved eventually to my pubic area.  Now not only do I get these boil once a month a few days before my cycle, now I am starting to get these painful lesions.  I also notice that for some reason any rubbing or sweating in my vaginal area is really what tends to start these lesions.  I have been tested for stds and group b strep last year when I was pregnant and came back negative.  My husband is an extremely patient and understanding man and does not make me feel bad about whats going on with me.  I also have symptoms of lack of sexual desire at times because I am afraid of what happens down there.  Lubes also cause a break out.  It would be so nice if a doctor could read all of our concerns and feel our pain and come up with a solution for us.  I am so scared because what if its a form of staph infection and it gets in my bloodstream and worse things happen.  I have to much to live for.  So if anyone has any solutions or answers please help us women out!!!
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Who knows. I'm 29 and have experienced this since my teens. I have also experienced the itching, burning follwed by blisters then open sores. Very painful. I have not always had protected sex. I get this maybe once a year and lasts about a week. I have thought for a long time that it's herpes and to be quite honest have been too scared to really admit it. I have had blood tests that have shown negative. But I've been told that to get the best results you should have it swabbed when the break-out occurs. I just had my first child a year ago and had to talk to my gyno about it in fear that I could pass it on to my baby. During my pregnancy I had quite a few under skin large bumps near the vagina opening that turned out to be vaginal cycts. She told me not to worry about it. They would go away everytime within a week. Today is the first day in longer than 2 years that I have gotten the open sores on the inside of one of my lips. I also just started my peroid. I get pretty down when this happens and I just came across this site in trying to figure this out. I truley hope that this isn't Herpes and in reading all your comments I can hold on to that hope. I also want to mention that I have Strep B as I've read above a few of you do as well and maybe it's connected (who knows).
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Hello ladies!

I'm 19 and have had this problem for awhile, but I have an answer. I thought it was herpes but when that test came back negative my doctor tested for a vast amount of things. Ultimately it is and STD only because it is transmitted sexually. It is a fungal/ bacterial infection called Trichomoniasis. It doesn't describe the tears, but my doctor said the discharge makes it dry which in turn leads to ripping or tearing. After my diagnosis, I have been successfully cured of this horrid experience. Amazingly I cured my fiance' of his problem too. He had had it for 2 years and the doctors couldnt figure out what he had. When they came up with my diagnosis he got tested for the infection and we both are now Trichomoniasis free :) I hope this will help someone cuz i know how bad it hurts and how frustrating and embarressing it is. Good Luck to everyone

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I just decided to look into this issue. I'm 23 & I get these blisters the week before my period. I started getting them in high school, way before I lost my virginity, so I never thought it to be a STD. But I've noticed, in the past year, since I lost my virginity, they have been a little more sporadic. They first began on the vaginal area only. Then I stopped getting them there and they would come under my arm, or on the inside of my leg. As the years went on, they stopped altogether, but my face began to break out really bad. I've even noticed 1 on my breast at 1 time. But the reason my concern has grown, is because I now have 1 on my left butt cheek. It hurts for me to stand, walk, sit, & lay. I'm completely in pain right now. This is the worst 1 I've ever had. And just like the other, it started a week before my period (which was actually the week of thanksgiving), and my face didn't break out at all. Can someone please help me with this issue??
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My Herpes test cam back negative.  My doctor wanted to send me to a dermatologist but the waiting period was just too long.  I am going to make another appointment with the gyno and take some of the information from this site to see if they can test for everything else.  I really want this problem solved cause I know my life would be alot happier when it is.  For some reason I am also thinking that it could actually be my urine that is down this.  The one spot wear I get the legion is also hit by a heavy flow of urine more then anywhere else on my vagina but I have not been able to find anything that would support that.
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I had the same thing, i would tear little paper cuts just from wiping myself with toilet paper! After years going for tests, i finally went to a dermatologist and i was told it was seborrahic dermatitis and I was givien Nizoral creme and it has made a tremendous difference in my life. I found i was having skin reactions to so many products. My ob was great but never figured it out!
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I'm 19 and the area between my legs and vagina itches so bad that i itch until it bleeds. Itching it just feels so good that i can't stop. It hurts and I don't know what it is. I've tried neosporin and anti-itch cream and diaper rash but none of them help. I went on Birth control in July and the itching and tearing started in August. I'm thinking that the birth control might have something to do with it. I don't know though.  
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Wow. I'm amazed at all the people who seem to be going through the same thing I am. I've noticed these maybe for a year now. Been in a monogamous relationship for 2 years, but had some un-protected sex before that (boo). I get mine either just inside my outer labia, or up near the clitoral hood. They don't itch, they don't burn that much, and I only really notice them when I wipe, and boy, does that hurt. My boyfriend has no symptoms and we've been sexually active for 2 years now.

One thing I've always thought it might be associated with, and was wondering if anyone else has the same thing, is that I seem to be wet fairly often. My dr even noticed once during a pap. So I've always wondered if the fact that I'm wet, and no air is getting by my lips, is causing these. They bleed very rarely, and only when I wipe.

I have yet to go to a doctor about this, probably from the embarrassment.

I read some of the posts here (probably 15 - 20), but realized I'd be here for 3 days if I wanted to read them all. Anyone else that gets these, also suffer from being overly wet a lot?
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I don't know if anyone is still reading these...but I hope I can help someone else. I am a light skinned/blue eyed/blonde haired 25 year old. I got my first period right before 6th grade camp, so at around 11 years old. From then on, I started gettting "boils/blisters" on my labia, rear, and thighs. They're incredibly painful...I agree! I couldn't sit, I couldn't walk...school was h**l. They always got worse right before my period. (Again, a lot of you have said this. Hmm...) As I got older I started getting them on the inside of my vaginal lips, which are even MORE painful than the outer ones, in my opinion at least lol

I went to every single dermatolgist we could find in our town. NO one had an answer. I was put on every antibiotic and every cream possible. Nothing worked. Finally they decided it must be some form of a staph infection under the skin...which they treated me for. Didn't help.

I didn't lose my virginity until I was 23...so it's NOT an std. I've been tested numerous times for them starting at age 16 when I went on the pill to control my cycle. Like a few of you, I also have Ulcerative Colitis. I don't know if that may mean something then.....because I have seen that in a few posts.

I mean....just like you guys, I'm frustrated. Tired of being told what it is NOT, instead of what it is. Kudos to  us strong women.....this  certainly is a painful, aggravating problem. If only we could get a doctor to pay attention to us and study this!

stay strong, everyone!
Blessed be,
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Hi yea i have the same problem. Im 19 in college, im hispanice/native american with semi light skin and have only had three partners. i ddnt pop my cherry till i was 18.  When i first got my period when i was twelve  it would skip around and not come on the same days. As i got older sometimes it wouldn't come at all. I also had abnormally thick leg, underarm and pubic hair. When i got to college, Premed, i realized that i had a hormonal imbalance. too much testosterone. This imbalance explained so much. the vaginal lips on the inside, labia minors, need to be regulated by the inside ovaries and the systematic release of hormones every month. If something goes wrong and theirs an imbalance your vagina will become too acidic and will make the vagina too dry, too weak and the skin will tear because of this imbalance. My inner vaginal skin tears sometimes more before a period. It helped to have birth control cuz it balanced the vaginal system and fissures but every time i take antibiotics,  which is alot cuz i get sick all the time, the fissures come back because the pills interfere with the birth control hormones. Recently ive been getting bumps. long ones bout three centimeters, have an indentation in the middle, feel kind of weird, they dont hurt very much and i only notice them if i was checking myself with a finger. I had them for the first time a month ago  just two or three ata  time. little ones. now i have a rip where my leg and vagina meet and it has like a swelling right beside it that feels like a bump but when i look really doesnt look like one.  I think these might have to do with the hormone thing maybe. Also i always hav vaginal discharge. Ever since puberty, ive never not had it. and its always been creamy runny and white.  my pap came in normal so if its a disease, hope not, rather than an infection, medical science has not found it yet. Oh and none of my partners have any problems at all. all been tested, all clean, no bumps, itching or anything.  Sometimes i itch but probly from dryness.  oh and vaginal discharge thats too acidic can also cause severe itching. I think it has to do with modern day diets  what with all the msg and processed food and whatnot. plus the drugs. i take so many cuz i have severe allergies and im always sick. if you have this condition with the lesions and take a lot of prescription drugs, that could be our key here.
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I have been endlessly seasrching the website for information regarding my symptoms.
I am a 22 yr old, medium tanned skin and have had five partners. I have had 5 abnormal pap smears showing CIN. I have been to a gyn whom found no visible abnomalities to biopsy. I have another appointment this week to be re-examined.
I started menstrating again last year after no period due to breast feeding. I have had abnormal periods since this and worse since starting the pill again. I have been on three different types (low dose and two 2 hormone pills) as i suffer reactions.

I am awaiting results for herpes swabs that my doctor took 3 days ago. They have been the worst 3 days of my life. I couldnt eat for the first two and then totally binged once i regained my appetite. I have been crying non-stop to the point I have severe headaches. I cant sleep and have severe abdomen pains that might be from the stress im under. I have spent the last three days trying to figure who I would have got them off, if I am positive. The doctor explained that the carrier maybe be asymptomatic. However the guys that I have been with have all had multiple partners and long term relationships, how could they have not already infected someone else without any symptoms. Rhetorical question i guess.

I first noticed a leison on the right side of my labia about 6months ago. I had been celebant for 6 months prior to this happening. It started the first month that I went back on to a contraceptive pill. Two days before my period I would urinate frequently then the next day there was a lesion. I went to the doctor but the lesion had already healed. She examined me but did not find anything.

I have been researching herpes and know that outbreaks can be sporadic and triggered by different factors. I skipped my period a few times and did not get the lesion. It seems strange that they only appear with menstration. And i did not have the problem before I started the pill. I know when it is coming because of the increase in urination. I have had the leison three times to date. It is not painful unless touched and does not hurt while urinating. It lasts about i week and does not leave a scar.

My doctor is pretty positive that I have herpes and I have told my now partner that he needs to get checked too. I am hoping like alot of people on this forum that I dont. It would devastate me more if i have given it to the guy I am now seeing.

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It's incredible the amount of people with the same issues and no diagnosis. I have had most of the same problems for the past 11 years now. Lesions (paper cut like), itching burning, pain. I was tested negative for any std's, including herpes (although 1 doctor was convinced that's what it is) BUT I am HPV positive. The HPV warts seem different from what I have. I only get them on the crevices of the pubic area, not in or around the vagina. All types of cremes and antibiotics were unhelpful. My doctor has done all types of experiments: I had to stop shaving for 3 months, I changed the soap I bathed with, the detergent I wash with, the material of underwear, the type of underwear etc.. Nothing has stopped this from happening. I have seen a dermatologist with no hope. It's unbearable at times and does tend to appear more around the menstrual period. I have come to terms with my condition and basically accepted that no one will ever actually diagnose me.
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I am so glad i found this site. i talked to my ob/gyn about this and she seemed absolutley stumped and doesnt know what to tell me. im 18 and ive only had one sexual partner who is now my fiance. I've been faithful to him and he says he has been faithful to me too so i couldnt have contracted anything from him. about a month ago i got ayeast infection and after about 5 days it had appeared to have gone away but then 2 days later i started my period and i noticed these lesions on my labia minor and majora. I tested for STD's and my blood work came back negative. I used hydrocortisone, i tried taking garlic tablets, putting epsom salt in my bath, and cleaning with glycerine soap nothing really seemed to work so i've just had to kind of wait for them to go away. its been about 2 weeks now and theyre starting to cease but it still is excrutiating to go pee. Im light skinned and light eyed and my skn is very sensitive. do yall really think this could be a condition in only certain typed of women?the only thing that i have found that kind of helped is i layed a towel down under me and in the nude so it can like kinda air out, if that makes sense. my fiance has no clue how painful this is, its nice to know that im not the only girl in the world like this.
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I am a senior citizen.  Over quite a number of years I have had these fissures/lesions appear from time to time.  They are painful to the touch and when I urinate.  The most recent outbreak has been especially persistent.  I had a pap smear recently and will get the results today, and will post same.  I know I have had HPV for many years, so that could be the cause, I suppose.  However, I was recently put on an antibiotic (Cypro) for a severe sinus infection.  The vaginal outbreak occurred about the time I was through taking the antibiotic.  I know antibiotics can kill good bacteria along with the bad, and I wonder if that has enabled the outbreak (along with the fact that due to the sinus infection my immune system may have been compromised).  At any rate, I have never found anything that has been very effective in relieving the pain and itching and have just had to wait for the lesions to go away.  I am going to try L-Lysine.  That has been very effective in preventing the development of cold sores when I feel them coming on.  I no longer have periods and have not been sexually active for many years, so those two factors can be ruled out as being related to the outbreaks.  I, too, find it incredible that so many women have this problem and doctors don't seem to have a clue.  This thread has been going on for years and the comments are pretty much the same as at the beginning.
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I have the same thing. I have been with my husband for 23 years. I have had this problem for 3 years. My doctor took a biopsy last week thinking I had Lichen Sclerosis. It came back normal. I have had Fibromyalgia for 7 years. Don't know if this is related some how. I was doagnosed with Lichen Planus in my mouth last Sept. The only thing that has helped is 1000mg  of Vitamin C. I have not been able to have sex for over a year because I also tear at the bottom of my opening. I am now being sent back to the Rhematologist on March 31st. A few weeks ago I had big red circles of red painful sores on the bottom of my feet they were very painful and they were ichy. My doctors think I have some thing called Behcet's Disease. I will see when I see the Rheumatologist. I will keep you all posted!
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I just came across something on Dr. Oz that says vaginal lesions could be cause from low estragen.   I have had this problem for 3 years. I can not take birth control due to migraines from estregen  and I know I have more testosterone. Very curious now. I just called my gyno. We will will see.
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i have the same issues as everyone else does..i have ben having these poblems for about a year and half.. i cant blame it on birth control or my period because i had a hysterectomy 8 years ago.. my ``blisters`` are on the outer,lower lips and above the clit... the first breakout was 2 years ago and lasted for about 2 weeks.. it finally healed up and went away.. i didnt have anymore breakouts until about a month ago. and let me tell you, i felt like someone had dipped me in hot molten lava in the vaginal area..i tried everything, vagisil,monistat,neosporin,benadryl cream,baking soda,yeast guard vaginal suppositories, and nothing helped..i got a little relief from a wash cloth wet with ice water, but within a few minutes that didnt help any more... the itching was so bad that i scratched my self raw and bleeding. i went to my doc and he said its a uti and gave me a 3 day antibiotic....didnt help... went back the next wek and he said it was a yeast infection and gave me diflucan (fluconazole) and mind you, he still didnt do an exam...just diagnosed from what i told him was happening...the diflucan was just one 150 milligram tablet..after about 3 days i seemed tobe geting better so i thought the diflucan was working..low and behold was i wrong..my symptoms and blsters came back about 3 days ago and are raging with a fury..theyare the worst i have had..now they areso bad that i cant even wipe.. the soreness and pain is almost unbearable and there is always blood on the tissue.. even if i just pat dry... i have been with the same man for 24 years and i really think he has been faithful so i dont know what else to do...if anyone knows how to get some relief from this terrible problem, please post on here for the rest of us...
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Sorry, unfortunately I do not have the answer to this question, but

I AM THE SAME WAY! Although your posts cannot make my pain go away, it is still reassuring that I am not alone.

Here is why I do NOT believe mine is related to herpes: I had these "paper cuts" or lesions on my labia (specifically around/under the clit) BEFORE I became sexually active. I am going to have to monitor them now to see if they appear around my period. Plus, since becoming active, I have been tested, and the test was negative for herpes. However, just as everyone has said, they are worse after sex (especially if it is rough), and it really hurts to pee with them there.

Again, thanks for everyone's contributions:) I'm going to keep checking back to see if anyone hopefully finds a solution. THIS NEEDS TO STOP:(
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I have been seeing my Gyno and my Rheumatologist. I had a biopsy done a moth ago and it came back as nothing. My Rheumatologist put me on a medicine for people with Behcets disease called COLCHICINE!  It has made a huge difference in my skin. Even when I go to the bathroom and wipe it doesn't feel like it is going to rip open anymore. Ladies talk to your gyno and see what they can do for you. This has been going on for 3 years and I wasn't going to stop until they figured out a treatment for me.  I have only been on the medicine for 5 days!   Good luck.  Joyce
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