I have an itchy and inflamed vagina

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I am 17 years old and am currently in a relationship, for the past 5 ish months I have found it painful to have sex and also that I have a burning sensation after sex which is very uncomfortable. Ontop of that I have a itchy vagina which is red and slightly inflamed and can be very uncomfortable at times, furthermore I have been on my period since I got the implant which was about 10 months ago and I am unsure that wether the discharge I have regularly is because of the implant or something else. I have been to the doctors about the itching and inflamation to which they said was due to shaving so provided me with cream however it hasnt helped. It's very uncomfortable and I would love any advice or knowledge on the area! thankyou

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    Are you having sex for the first time with this boyfriend? I ask because am wondering if you have had sex previously without these symptoms.

    Did you make it clear to your doctor what your syptoms are? Sounds like he is treating you for an external rash, yet what you are describing sounds internal

    Did the doctor take any tests for yeast, candida, STD's? Did he take a urine sample to check for a urinary tract or bladder infection? You have to advocate for yourself at the doctor's. Don't be intimidated.  Maybe you did not communicate clearly just what you were feeling where. Go back, tell him the symptoms have persisted and be very clear what the symptoms are.

    Re shaving, I don't understand how any wommen can shave to the extent they are without having chronic problems with ingrown hairs, but I'm older and not concerned about the latest trends. It's better to be healthy and feel good than try to look like a centerfold or porn star. Can't imagine your boyfriend would object. Even if he did, it's your health; your body and your responsibilty.Good luck and make an appointment soon.

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      yes weve both only had sex with each other. I thought I did but maybe I should go back and talk about it again because I dont believe it is just a shaving rash, thankyou very much for your advice!
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    You say you are "on your period for 10 months", does that mean you have been bleeding all that time? What did the doctor say about that? The PH of your vagina is different while menstruating so that may lead problems (not to mention the possibility of becoming anemic).

    "normal vaginal pH is acidic, ranging from a pH of 3.5 to 4.5. During menses, blood present in the menstrual fluid paired with hormonal changes in the vaginal tissues raise the vagina's pH.

    The vagina contains "good" and "bad" bacteria. When balanced, you have a normal, healthy vagina. When an imbalance results in more bad bacteria than good, you can develop irritation, odor, and infections such as Bacterial Vaginosis, the most common vaginal infection for menstruating women. The normal pH range of 3.5 to 4.5 helps to maintain the balance of these good and bad bacteria.

    Blood has a pH of 7.4, so during your period pH becomes elevated."


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