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Mary Claire Haver, M. D.
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Experience:  U.S. Educated, Trained and Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist practicing for 10 years
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my labia minora is swollen and red. its been like that for

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my labia minora is swollen and red. it's been like that for a while and get's worse after each menstration. I am in the process of finding a female doctor, but i'm freaking out. I haven't had sex in a long time now. and this happened long after my last sexual intercourse. what could it be?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Mary Claire Haver, M. D. replied 7 years ago.

Thank you for your question. It is an honor to be of some assistance to you.

You do not have an STD - and may not have an infection. If both labia minora are red and swollen you likely have a dermatitis - reaction to something in your environment. If it is worse after your period, you may be having a reaction to something (perfume, dye) in your sanitary protection. Try to see if you can find a doctor of course, but in the mean time consider changing to a hypoallergenic pads/tampons (ask the pharmacist where to find).

I hope you find this information helpful.

Please, do not hesitate to ask me any questions in the future or to request me.

Remember, this communication does not replace a visit to the doctor.

Good Luck and Well Wishes,

Dr. Haver
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for the answer Dr. Haver. I just wanted to clarify a bit more. the swelling seems to have "spread" or grown and the clitoris area is also swollen does this mean i have an infection?
Expert:  Mary Claire Haver, M. D. replied 7 years ago.
It might since it is not spreading away from the initial spot. Most likely a external yeast infection if it is truly infected. Since it is getting worse - I would call your doctor and see about getting evaluated before it spreads more and you become completely miserable!
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thanks for your help and advice.
Expert:  Mary Claire Haver, M. D. replied 7 years ago.
My pleasure.