okay what this probably is due to is Atrophy
and you can try to use a cream such as Estrace twice per week and since you have had a hysterectomy this is safe for you to use, Plus estrogen ALONE (meaning you do NOT need progesterone) does not increase the risk of a breast cancer
The Estrace is a prescription
Another type of estrogen is called Vagifem vaginal suppositories and this is also an estrogen too
I hope this helps
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I know I don't have atrophy. I've been taking a bio-identical estrogen formula for years. I have an active sex life. I repeat, there is no atrophy.
okay, have you had this biopsied or cultured.
no. I don't have med insurance nor do I have a local doctor.
Are you seeing a doctor for the bio-identical estrogen?
Also, please realize I can only go by what you say, as I can not do an exam, and I understand there is no atrophy.
I do. She is an MD and a naturopath.
I've never heard of a MD and naturopath - that is interesting - usually a naturopath is a ND -
are you itching?
and the bioidentical estrogen - how are you using these - are they creams, pills, or patches?
sublingual drops. E1 at 0.0612 mg, E2 at 0.2 and E3 at 2 mg, I think.
okay I understand.
And, when you say chafing - is there irritation/ redness?
Do you feel warmth to the area too, besides just sensitivity
I don't know. It's just a feeling that is always there, especially when I walk. I thought at first I needed to get new underwear, that they might be wearing out. So after throwing out 3 pairs, I found that all my underwear, even new ones, are doing it. So I'm thinking it's not the underwear at all, but me.
Well if not due to atrophy / dryness
There are many other types of problems that can occur such as a contact dermatitis, a possible Lichen sclerosis, Lichen planus or even a dysplasia (a precancerous condition) or even an infection.
Dryness, maybe. I've been using a gel for years during sex, since the hysterectomy. Never a problem before that. And dryness was never a problem for me during non-sex times, like just walking. Like I said, I do have extended (very long) labia.
There is no odor.
So, what is important is to get this examined - mainly with a culture and then a small biopsy
I wonder if the county public health dept would be the place to have that done.
no, I'm not talking about dryness in the vagina - but on the outside (the labia)
Well there are many 'free' women's health clinics around the country - and many ob/gyn's around the country donate our time helping people - so you can ask
and you CAN try to use at least hydrocortisone cream in this area until you can get this seen and evaluated in person
thanks. I don't know of a free women's health clinic close by. I'm calling the local county health department.
the health department might know
I'm leery of using a hydrocortisone cream in that area, for now, or at least until I have it looked at.
And, in the future, you can also try to find an ob/gyn here
you mean at JustAnswer.com?
no here at the American Congress of Ob/Gyn -
oh. thank you.
you are very welcome
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I wanted to let you know that I figured out this problem. I am in a fairly new relationship. After more than two years of dating with abstinence we started having sex last August, and not very often (once or twice a month). Recently we had sex twice in a week. I believe it changed the pH in my vagina so much that it caused the start of a yeast infection. It's rare that I get those, and when I start to feel weird, I use a capsule filled with boric acid as a suppository. I tried that the other night and it worked. I thus canceled my appointment.