Lots of different things can cause vaginal sores. The best
option would be to go to your gynecologist. He or she is a
professional and can help you find out what is causing the
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Sometimes having rough sex can contribute to sores around the
labia, but it could also be a yeast infection or more serious, an
std. The std that it could possibly be is genital herpes. This
disease affects 1 out of 5 people and can go untreated for a long
time because the sores can come and go away making it easy to
overlook. It also can be given to a partner without having any
symptoms at all (answering why your mate may not have any
symptoms). Because this disease can go for years without being
treated, a person can get it from previous partners and not even
know it making it easy and understandable to accuse the person you
are presently with. The best thing to do is to get tested
specifically for this disease because a papsmear doesn't do it. You
more than likely have to request it from your doctor. If you have
already been tested for STDs recently and know that you don't have
an std, then maybe its a yeast infection or just sores from rough
sex. Definitely consult your doctor as soon as possible
Hydritis suportiva. Low-dose antibiotics for life. Tetracycline
100 mg everyday will nip this skin infection.
It could be herpes. Most herpes lesions are rough and quite
painful, especially during urination, so you would notice them.
FYI, being celibate now doesn't mean that you haven't been exposed.
The virus can lie dormant and asymptomatic for as long as 15 years,
which is what happened to me. Herpes is treatable with acyclovir,
which you take when you get an outbreak. If the sores aren't
painful, you could be dealing with cysts, which are usually
harmless. Next time you have one, go to the doctor!
I too have suffered the stresses of vaginal sores for too many
years. My doctor says that they are blocked glands. They are as
described: red bumps which develop into puss-filled sores, which
are incredibly painful until they burst.
I get vaginal sores too. I've been to two different doctors and
neither said it was herpes, but I still get them every now and then
mostly when I'm getting ready to start my period. I know there must
be some explanation to these sores but they are still a
I have noticed these myself rather recently. It seems if I use
a feminine deordorant like FDS, I get a reaction. I am sensitive to
soaps and lotions anyway, so if I do use it, I generally try to
spray it on the crotch of my jeans or outside my underwear. They
are like canker sores and I wonder if I am not getting them from
I just had my first experience of this problem. I want to
suggest something that helped me with the horrible pain, go to a
drug store and pick up a tube of Vagisil Extra Strength. It comes
in the purple tube, the blue one is regular strength. You can find
it in the section where tampons and yeast infection medication is.
I used it the instructed 4 times a day and it was wonderful. It
soothed and cooled the pain, it was like it was completely gone! As
soon as I felt it coming back I just applied more. It recommeneds
not using it more that 4 times a day though.
In my case it is caused by blocked subaceous glands during
The very first time that I experienced vaginal sores I was 15
this first one was located on my right labia. This sore was so
swollen and filled with pus that I couldn't sit comfortably. I went
to my Dr. who drained it and put in a cathitor (sorry not sure of
spelling). But it came back again a year later. This time more test
were done and we found out that it was something called a Bartholin
Cyst. A minor out patient surgery was done to remove the root of it
as they put it. I have been sore and pain free for 7 yrs. now. I
was told by my doctor that hygiene plays a part in this condition.
But that it could also just be a blocked or infected hair
The last two times I had a "sore spot" show up I went to my
Doctor. My symptoms included one small red raised lump that would
first itch and then get sore (not unbearably so, though). I never
get more than one and they occasionally develop a small white head
but I rarely get a discharge from them. If I scratch them they get
scabby but if I leave them alone they usually disappear faster.
They rarely last more than 3 or 4 days. The first time I had blood
and urine tests and swabs taken (which all came back negative) but
I was still worried. Just last week I had another spot appear so I
went back again and my Doctor assured me it wasn't herpes but more
likely a blocked duct. I have had 2 Bartholin's cysts before, and a
"chocolate" cyst, so it seems I may be just prone to this type of
thing. I have also noticed that they only appear on or around my
period and then often only if I have had sex with my husband
(therefore friction), so I would agree that they are hormonal and
associated with sensitive skin. I think that I will still keep an
eye on them and I will continue to have health checks every year to
I've had these sores since i was 13 right after my first sexual
experience. I got about two or three bumps, they were hard and
didn't really hurt till I touched them, on occasion they would be
kind of tender, if it wasnt hard it would be kind of rised with
stuff inside it, like a pimple they hurt the worst. I've been
tested for everything and I don't have any type of STD or genital
disease. These type of sores are mostly related to stress levels
and hormone changes. My outbreaks occur very very rarely once or
twice maybe three times a year. My mom is an OBGYN and this is the
advice she gave.
On http://www.wdxcyber.com/nvulva03.htm it has details about
different types of vulva cysts, some of which sound like they could
possibly be causing our probs.
It could be Thrush. If so, you will need to take a Canestan
Tablet and apply cream. You should be able to buy these items over
the counter. Thrush can be carried in the mouth and in the
genetalia. Thrush itches and burns like crazy. These sores don't
itch, just hurt like hell.
I have been experiencing sores only recently which have not
gone yet. They are red, slightly raised and sore to the touch. They
are not puss-filled or scabbed. It seems to be all under the skin.
I had a swab test which came back that I had Group B Strep and
thrush. I am trying a cream called Timodene at moment which is
helping. Thrush is gone (used pessary). If does not work will have
to have course of Antibiotics orally. My GP seems to think GBS is
under the skin.
These sores have occurred with me also and I too went to the
doctor to be treated for an STD. They came back negative. This was
great for me and my fiance. He has never had any of these sores,
however, sometimes after rough sex he will have one. This is
different in me however because mine come once a month around the
time of my period. I do not know the cause but I do know that
neosporin helps out tremendously. I use the kind with a pain killer
and it kills the pain and it also clears the problem up within a
I may have the RARE answer: BEHCETS Syndrome I do not have
herpes I or II or anything Sexually Transmitted underneath the sun,
but I did have painful canker like sores in my vaginal area. There
is a syndrome called BEHCETS Syndrome. You can find more info. on
it at Behcets.com and Behcets.org. It is pronounced Buh-shets. It
is a RARE syndrome that CANNOT be diagnosed but doctors can come to
a bit of conclusion after ruling everything else out. Skin lesions
both in mouth and genitalia are sure signs.
If you want more info Google Bartholin's glands cyst. For those
with chronic recurring problems there are treatments that can help
prevent them from recurring.
Just because someone has had a herpes swabtest come back
negative, that doesn't mean they do not have herpes! After 3
negative swab tests, 2 types of blood tests should be done - first
to see if any HSV antibodies are present (does not distinguish
between I and II), and secondly (the western blot test) to determne
which type is present. Herpes is the most difficult STD to
diagnose, and most people who have it do not realize it. If you
have been suffering with classic symptoms, do not assume its a
gland or hormonal problem, get a blood test.
I experienced a pimple on the vagina. It was so painful so I
did what I usually do when I get a yeast infection. I soaked in the
tub half filled with warm water and two teaspoons of Tee-Tree oil.
I did this twice a day for two days and it is clearing up on it's
own. I found the pain gets worse right after the bath but then it
goes away after half an hour.
I had problems with vaginal sores while showing symptoms of
PCOS. Apparently the hormonal imbalance that comes with PCOS can
sometimes cause vaginal sores. After a month of being on the pill,
the vaginal sores stopped completely, and what used to be a weekly
problem has not happened for about 5 months now. Have your hormone
levels checked! I think vaginal sores will decrease, or possibly go
away if hormonal levels that are off are corrected.
My educated guess/belief is that the sores are very similar to
canker sores that arise in the mouth. I used to get these sores
once every two months, and after research, I FOUND A CURE! the
cause of my sores was the chemical SODIUM LAUREL SULFATE (SLS). It
is a lathering agent found in toothpaste, shampoo, and body washes
to name a few. I would venture a guess that using a body wash or
shampoo that is SLS free will greatly help such outbreaks. My wife
and I are just at the beginning phase of this experience, so I can
not give a definite YES or NO as to the vaginal sores.
Re: Vaginal sores happening over and over again: If no MD has
accurately diagnosed you and you've been told no STD's are present,
then help yourself to not be bothered so frequently with these
"mystery sores" and run down to your local Wal-Mart or any drug
store and pick up some ACIDOPHILUS - which will be in the vitamin
section. It is made up of nothing but live GOOD bacteria which will
help your body's immune system - and will also cut DOWN the number
of times these sores occur. Not only am I a nurse, I speak as one
who has and is personally going through this mystery.
I have had Bartholin's Gland Cysts for years. Vaginal fluid
becomes trapped in the ducts on either side of the labia, and
eventually becomes swollen and painful. Masturbation or sex makes
it worse as vaginal lubricant is produced for sex but cannot escape
the cyst and instead makes it swell up more. This seems to be
nothing more serious than a clogged pore on your face. Sometimes
the problem corrects itself. It pops and pus comes out like a zit,
sometimes when the skin is softened in the shower.