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chloe489
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I had sex about 3 hours ago and the inner lips of my vagina are still very swollen. it hurts to sit. my down there always gets swollen during sex but always goes down within a half hour. what could be going on? help!
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Karybu
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Can I ask if you reached orgasm during that sexual activity? When we get sexually aroused, there's an increase in blood flow to the genitals (the penis for men - which causes erection - and the vulva and vagina for women) which causes the swelling that you've noticed before. When you reach orgasm, that tells your body to reduce that swelling. But, if you don't orgasm, that vasocongestion can stick around for awhile and cause some pain. (There's a more detailed description of that process here: FBI Files: Vasocongestion, AKA: Blue Balls)

There are a couple of options to reduce the discomfort: you can have an orgasm, if it isn't too uncomfortable to do so, or you can take a couple of ibuprofen or aspirin. Some people find that a cold or lukewarm shower or bath also helps.

If none of those things help, and you're still in pain, it's worth calling your doctor, but you should be just fine.

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yes I reached orgasm many times. The actual intercourse was not rough itself but, being fingered was pretty rough, had to tell him to stop. I came so much it almost felt like it was too much. could the rough sex be a factor in this?
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That absolutely could cause the pain and swelling. Your vulva is probably a bit irritated right now - taking a couple of ibuprofen or aspirin should help with the swelling as well as the pain, and you might find a warm bath soothing as well.

In the future, make sure you're using plenty of lube during sex - you can never have too much, and it really makes things a lot more comfortable.

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