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I had to stop vaginal intercourse with my boyfriend today because it hurt pretty badly, in a way I hadn't experienced before. The middle of my vaginal canal felt pretty raw. Is is possible this is bruising from my vaginal exam I had yesterday? It was the first time I had a speculum used on me, and it hurt a lot -- the nurse said I was really tense but didn't mention any possibility of scarring or bruises from the speculum. Just wondering if that's a common thing that happens post-vaginal exams, and how long it'll take to heal.

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Robin Lee
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HI EKate,

It sounds like you did get bruised from the speculum. I'm sorry to hear that the exam was so uncomfortable for you and your body is continuing to feel pain and discomfort. This can happen, though generally it shouldn't be painful after an exam.

I would suggest giving it a few days before inserting anything into your vagina to let things heal. I can't say exactly how long it will take, but give it a few days, maybe a week, whatever you're comfortable with. If putting something into your vagina after that length of time is just as painful as it was today, then I would suggest going back in to see your healthcare provider.

Did the nurse offer suggestions for how you could relax during the exam to help it be easier on you?

I don't imagine that you want to even think about the next exam, but I just wanted to mention, to keep in mind for when you do have an exam with a speculum again, that you can ask them to use the smallest speculum they have. This might alleviate some of the discomfort for you.


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