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Member # 42270
posted 07-22-2009 02:11 AM
First things first, I have a scheduled appointment for an annual exam + pap/STI screening for Aug. 6th.
However, I wanted to post this question just in case you could offer me some help to ease my mind. My vagina just feels inflamed right outside the vaginal entrance and a little inside. It is really irritated, and today when I was taking a shower I felt bumps just at the entrance of my vagina. The bumps themselves don't really feel like they hurt but that whole area just feels super irritated. I think I might have a yeast infection because there is white discharge kind of around the clitoris on the labia. BUT what are all these bumps? As a previously posted, I also had a little bit of a rash for these past too days kind of near my anus and around the sides of the labia. But, I did shave and didn't put any lotion on, then hung out in really, really hot weather with a thong and terrible pants that had stitching that rubbed against that area. I used some cream and it's gone now. BUT...I'm reading your STI files on Herpes and it's really freaking me out. I'm not hungry, I'm tired, and it's been a month or so since I last had protected sex. My friend was talking to a few friends and I about HPV and how she has cervical cancer and I was deeply saddened by what she had to go through. Her words made me consider people's choices, and more importantly, who I choose to have sex with. A friend of mine and I hooked up and after that one night I can't stop thinking about my health. Like I said, I have an appointment scheduled but I am so scared. I'm just scared and I don't know what to do. I trust my friend but now I don't know! We barely talk anymore, and he was a person that I would talk to almost every night about anything and everything. So, naturally I am very frustrated that our relationship crossed the border (although, it doesn't feel any different when we are hanging out, only when I sit here and think about it.) He told me that he got tested, but what if that isn't true? .... Also...I had my period 7/8 days ago, but my cervix still feels pretty close down. Is this normal? I don't know if there is anything you can do I just really wanted to ask!
Member # 3
posted 07-22-2009 10:42 AM
Hey, kamille, I'm glad you scheduled that exam and those tests.
In terms of the bumps, can I ask how observant you usually are about your vulva? In other words, did you usually take notice of its texture before the recent incident that got you so scared? I ask because the texture of the vulva can sometimes be a bit lumpy-bumpy. So, if you weren't really checking it out before, you may not have noticed. If you had been observant before, however, and the texture feels markedly different, then that is something to have some concern with (and you may want to see if you can't get in for that exam sooner, like today or tomorrow, so your doctor can get a look at them while they're around). A yeast infection can change the texture a bit, so that's possible, but again, something you'd want a healthcare pro to diagnose for you: don't go try and self-treat that right now. Herpes doesn't usually cause bumps. Herpes sores (and they're called sores, not bumps, for a reason, as they really don't look like bumps) are pretty distinctive looking, so here's an image for you, and you can take a look and see if this is what the bumps look like:http://z.hubpages.com/u/829679_f496.jpg In terms of HPV, please know that IF these are HPV warts, wart strains of HPV are NOT the strains that have been linked with cervical cancer. It's non-wart strains which have. I also want to make something clear: I don't see that you made a choice with your last sexual encounter that was patently unsafe. You did protect yourself with condoms. And because that was not in a committed relationship does not, all by itself, mean you were more at risk than someone who did the exact same things you did, but who was in a different kind of relationship. And serious boyfriends can lie about testing just like casual partners can: in fact, the general statistics I've seen over time for differences between men and women getting tested show that for around every ten women who have gotten tested, only one guy has. In other words, more men need to be tested, period, all across the board. So, for future reference, one thing you can do, if you want to, is to hold off on genital sex, even with condoms, until you a) both have been tested together and b) have done so after six months of sexual exclusivity. We do know THAT -- rather than a given model of relationship -- can make a difference per having sex be safer. Lastly, per your cervix, unless you chart your cervical position daily, I don't see any cause to be worried about where it's sitting right now. And that's about fertility, anyway, not about infections.
Member # 42270
posted 07-22-2009 01:22 PM
I will go to the clinic tomorrow and see if they have a cancellation. They are completely booked at both locations in my area.
My vulva has been textured, but it feels like there is a few (maybe three) larger bumps. And it's irritated. The way I can try to explain it is that the irritation/discomfort is concentrated right at the entrance. If I can't get in tomorrow, what if it is a yeast infection and it goes away by the day? OK I understand the difference between Herpes and other things now. Whether HPV is the wart causing, or the cancerous, it is in your body for life - correct? Are the warts a different colour or flesh coloured? Thank you Heather. Your help is greatly appreciated. I feel much, much better, although still a little scared. THANK YOU again!
Member # 42270
posted 07-27-2009 10:39 PM
Hi, I couldn't get in to the doctors. My appointment is still Aug 6th. I just don't know what to do. I didn't know that there was no test for HPV in men. Is it true that a woman can have HPV without knowing it, pass it on to a man who has no symptoms, and then in turn give it to another woman? And what do HPV warts look like? Are they always like little cauliflowers?
It looks as though my urethra is really swollen. The irritation is concentrated there and at my vaginal opening. I have tried to take a look inside but I can't without loads of white discharge coming out. I've just read so much in your forum but I still feel undereducated in sex and all the stuff that comes along with it.
Member # 37835
posted 07-28-2009 06:44 AM
It sounds like you have an active *bacterial* infection at this point--did you make it clear to your doctor that that's what's going on? You really should get treatment soon, and not wait a week more. When you made your appointment, did you specify that you have an active, painful infection? Often doctors will fit you in sooner for something like that.
That is true about the transmission of HPV, and that's one of the reasons why such a large portion of the population has it. I'm not sure about the way warts look, so hopefully someone else can answer that question.
Member # 42270
posted 07-28-2009 11:14 AM
Okay, thanks, I will phone in today during their office hours. Is lower abdominal discomfort also a symptom of a BV or yeast infection?
Member # 37835
posted 07-28-2009 11:27 AM
It could be a number of things, and so you should definitely mention it when you call. It might be completely unrelated, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
Member # 42270
posted 08-07-2009 12:13 PM
Hi, so I didn't get in any earlier. The test results for the pap will be a month and the other swabs a week. The doctor said I have a bladder infection, and prescribed me some antibiotics (macrobid). I was wondering if any one had used this before and if it had caused a late period or a yeast infection.
http://bodyandhealth.canada.com/drug_info_details.asp?channel_id=0&relation_id=0&brand_name_id=875&page_no=2 This site lists SO many side effects!!!!!!! Should I be worried? I'm going out of the country in 9 days....I'm expecting my period in about 6. [ 08-07-2009, 12:33 PM: Message edited by: kamille ]