Hi. Here's a little background information before I launch into my question: I've been sexually active for two years, always used condoms and was recently (2 months ago) put on birthcontrol, because I only recieved my period once in the fall of 2001. Since then, everything's been normal; my periods aren't extremely long or painful and I don't have any discharge that I consider abnormal - just the usual slightly milkly discharge a couple days after my period. But, the reason I'm posting is because I've been experiencing vaginal pain. The area of my (I'm thinking it's called..) inner labia becomes inflamed and very painful to the touch during intercourse, but only after penetration has occured for several minutes. The use of tampons does not irritate my inner labia. It's very discontenting because I love my boyfriend of over two years, and I regret not being able to make love with him without pain. At first, I thought it might be the condoms we used, so we switched back to the kind (LifeStyle's multicolored) we used before I experienced the pain (which started possibly 2 months ago) but the pain still exists. When I went to the gyno in November, I had a pap smear and the results came back normal; I've only had one sexual partner - always protected, so I'm not worried about STD's. Possibly it's the birthcontrol? I use Ortho-Tri-Cyclen, and I haven't been experiencing side effects that I know of (except, maybe.. this one.) I truly need to make another gyno appointment if this keeps up, but I thought maybe coming to the experts here at scarleteen first might help. Thanks for any information you can provide!
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Have you tried using polyurethane -- non-latex -- condoms?
I would give that a shot, as it sounds to me like it's possible you might have a latex allergy.
Both Avanti and Reality are two brands made of polyurethane.
I'd give that a shot first. if that doesn't help, see your GYN. Could also be a low-level yeast or bacterial infection, and you're only feeling symptoms during intercourse because of the heat and friction.
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