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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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