Donate Now
  
my profile | directory login | search | faq | forum home

  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» Scarleteen Boards: 2000 - 2014 (Archive) » EXPERT ADVICE » Ask Scarleteen » hymen problem?

 - UBBFriend: Email this page to someone!    
Author Topic: hymen problem?
audreytoo
Activist
Member # 58116

Icon 1 posted      Profile for audreytoo         Edit/Delete Post 
An hour or two after I have vaginal sex, I sometimes look at myself with a flashlight & a hand mirror to make sure everything looks "normal."

I'm worried because my hymen/the tissue around my vaginal opening (the area between my inner lips when I spread them apart) looks very irritated - a brighter shade of pink, a little bit bumpier, a few small red spots, kind of similar to my tonsils when I have a sore throat!

Could my partner have hurt me with his fingernails or penis? Or is this a sign of infection? I feel itching but no pain.

I assume it is too soon to be tested for STIs, but in the meantime I don't know if I should be alarmed by the way it looks?

Posts: 77 | From: U.S. | Registered: Mar 2011  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
September
Scarleteen Volunteer
Member # 25425

Icon 1 posted      Profile for September     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
You may just be irritated from the activity. If you're still feeling itchy in a day or so, and you vulva still looks red and bumpy, it would be a good idea to be seen by a gynecologist.

It's true that most STIs take a while to show up in testing, but why not take this opportunity to start your regular STI tests? We recommend getting checked at least once a year, and anytime you become involved with a new partner.

--------------------
Johanna
Scarleteen Volunteer

"The question is not who will let me, but who is going to stop me." -Ayn Rand

Posts: 9192 | From: Cologne, Germany | Registered: Sep 2005  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Heather
Executive Director & Founder
Member # 3

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Heather     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
As well, when we become aroused, it's typical for genital tissue to get more blood flow, which can cause it to look deeper in color and for its texture to be more pronounced.

Too, if it feels at all irritated, that can be about that delicate tissue being rubbed a bit raw, evidence that more lubricant was needed or maybe sex went on longer than your body was really up for.

--------------------
Heather Corinna, Executive Director & Founder, Scarleteen
About Me • Get our book!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Posts: 68290 | From: An island near Seattle | Registered: May 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
audreytoo
Activist
Member # 58116

Icon 1 posted      Profile for audreytoo         Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks guys. I have an appointment for Thursday. Just to be clear, it is not my vulva that is itchy/irritated/red, but the opening to my vagina, between the inner lips.

Also I'm wondering if it itches because my partner put his fingers in it AND near my anal area, without washing his hands in between? This can cause yeast and BV, right? Anything else?

Posts: 77 | From: U.S. | Registered: Mar 2011  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
   

   Close Topic   Feature Topic   Move Topic   Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
 - Printer-friendly view of this topic
Hop To:


Contact Us | Get the Whole Story! Go Home to SCARLETEEN: Sex Ed for the Real World | Privacy Statement

Copyright 1998, 2014 Heather Corinna/Scarleteen
Scarleteen.com: Providing comprehensive sex education online to teens and young adults worldwide since 1998

Information on this site is provided for educational purposes. It is not meant to and cannot substitute for advice or care provided by an in-person medical professional. The information contained herein is not meant to be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or for prescribing any medication. You should always consult your own healthcare provider if you have a health problem or medical condition.

Powered by UBB.classic™ 6.7.3

Google
Search Scarleteen