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ScarletteSecret
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Hi there
I am 15 years old and this is my first real period, I had one last month but it was extremely light. This one is super heavy, I have been going through a super tampon every two hours. I have so irritated skin around my bum and outer labia, I was just wondering if this could be caused by menstrual blood or if it is just from excessive wiping due to copious amounts of blood. Also is it alright to put Vaseline on this area or inside the outer labia on the inner labia, vulva and clitoral hood or should I use something else. If so, what?

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Karybu
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Your own menstrual blood shouldn't be irritating your skin, but frequent wiping can be irritating, and some people also find that commercial brands of tampons or pads are irritating to their skin as well. Vaseline may work to soothe some of that irritation, but a better choice would probably be something that can be easily removed with water, like pure aloe vera gel. A pharmacist or healthcare professional would be able to recommend something you can use as well.

Too? Going through a super tampon every two hours is pretty heavy bleeding, so if that continues to be a pattern for you, it would be wise to check in with a healthcare provider about that.

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ScarletteSecret
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Okay well maybe I should specify a little bit, I am now going through a super o.b tamPon every hour and twenty minutes or so. I have irritation on my outer labia and a bit on my bum, it is now almost raw and I guess it is most likely from excessive wiping. So putting Vaseline on my outer labia and bum be okay? Because they do that for babies and it seems to be okay.
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ScarletteSecret
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Correction, the rawness is one my outer labia only near the perineum and my bum in he same area.
And just for scale reference o.b comes in
Regular for lout flow
Super for moderate flow
Super plus for heavy flow,
This is right off the box

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Vaseline should be fine.

When you say you're going through a tampon every hour and twenty minutes, are they fully saturated with blood when you take them out?

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Yes, often they have started to leak onto the pantiliner that I wear as a precaution. I can feel it start to leak out and I have to run to the bathroom in the middle of class. Also I am getting quite a few fair sized clots every time I use the washroom, is this normal as well?
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whoops, I didn't read the whole thread before answering. sorry about that.

[ 06-02-2011, 11:02 PM: Message edited by: CoatRack ]

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