Rough vulva

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Hi all, Ive contracted herpes in 2016, few months later I had a fissure around the perineum, and also noticed the surface of my vulva is rough. It has been a year and it's still there. It doesn't itch or anything. Been to few doctors none could tell what it is and some even said it looks normal. I would upload pictures on here but I don't know how. Sometimes it looks like small little bumps in close up pictures. Don't think it's herpes but I suspect it's genital warts but you have to look closely to see it. Can't find anything online either. Please help sad

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    If several doctors have looked and not diagnosed warts then it can't be. Maybe it is an after effect of the herpes or fissure. If you are in no pain or discomfort I'd leave it. I have had the occasional lumps and bumps and they go away. I've found that it is best not to study yourself too closely - it is easy to obsess about any little change which may mean nothing. The appearance and feel of our privates change as we age anyway.

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      There's a doctor who looked at the wound I had few weeks ago and said it's not herpes too, because normally it comes in a few tiny bumps and so I got it swabbed. I just knew it must be something as no normal fissures or wound heal that long. Turns out it was herpes rolleyes

      Doctors from where I live are just s****y generally. I just can't help to think it's std related as I've been having problems every since I had herpes. Infact, I'm having bumps that itch around my anus again atm. Anyway thank you for replying, i hope it's just some changes that's not related to std :'wink

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      Hum, now you tell me that, I am wondering if it is related to the herpes. I hope not, but because it is better to be safe than sorry you should get checked again. Are you in the U.K.? Do you have a GUI clininc near you? I have one near me and you can book yourself in for a through check of all STIs.
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      Unfortunately I live in Asia. Whats worrisome is it doesn't look like herpes at all as it doesn't hurt and it has been there for a year. It hasn't changed. I really think it looks like warts, based on how it's described online. It's not those big ones, it's looks flat but if you look closely you see tiny bumps, flesh coloured. Almost not noticeable. Other than warts, it can't be anything else based on my research. Sometimes I feel I know more than the doctors. So disgusted with myself sad

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      Hi, i caught Herpes alot of years ago, in May 2016 I thought i was having an attack of herpes so took the medication for herpes but it didnt go, so fed up with going to doctors, I went to ICASH ( VD ) clinic, i am so glad i did as the doctor told me it wasnt herpes and to go to my doctors and tell them i needed to be refered to vulva clinic, I had VIN, IN JULY OF THIS YEAR I HAD AN OPERATION TO REMOVE THE VIN SORRY my capital button wouldnt press off .   So its worth getting checked out at vd clinic, hope you get sorted out soon x
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      Just googled. Vin is precancerous skin? How does it look like? And sorry what's vd? I'll post a picture of mine when I get my hands on a computer. Mine looks like rough surface, with tiny bumps. But you'll have to look really closely to notice it. It doesn't hurt or itch. 

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      Hi, we I have seen the picture I don't think it is anything to worry about. I think it is Vulvar papillomatosis. This is tiny papules on the surface of the labia minora. They are benign and harmless. They are not sore or itchy. It is just something that some people get on on the skin down there. Men get them too, around the head of the penis. My hubby has always had them. Didn't you say that yours caused you no discomfort? And doctors had loooked at you and said it was normal? So, that is probably what they are. The doctors should have just explained to you what they were and how they are normal for some people. Google Vulvar papillomatosis and you should see pictures that are similar to yours and there are scientific papers explaining what they are.

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      What you suggested indeed looks closest to what I have! Not even one doctor suggested that it could be vulvar papillomatosis. Apparently it's a rare condition, can't believe I have it rolleyes it feels like I only got it after I caught herpes.  I guess to be certain that it's just vulvar papillomatosis and not VIN, I'll have to get it tested sad 

      Anyway thank you so much for your replies. You really have shed some lights to this smile

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      Yes, be papules that you have look too even in size and arrangement to be anything maligant or potentially malignant. It does annoy me when doctors look at you and say you are normal - that doesn't help. I had a fantastic dermatologist (I had vulvodynia a few years ago) who specialised in vulva conditions and pain and I could ask her any stupid questions and apshe would give me a proper answer. I have a few small, firm lumps in the vulva area which sometimes feel a bit sore (they tend to get a bit rubbed during intercourse) and she said that they were just skin papules, and were totally normal and harmless. She explained that they are more common for men, around the head of the penis, but women can get them on the genitals too. That said, I would probably get a biopsy just to be in the safe side, but I expect it will just turn out to be those harmless papules. I notice your picture has been deleted by the moderator! Good job I saw it and immediately recognised what it was before they deleted it!

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      I just find it suspicious because it feels like it only grew recently, because im pretty sure i didnt have it before. A biopsy sounds painful =(

      yeah, wonder why its deleted. So lucky to have you see my post!

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      I don't know how long they take to appear. They could have been there a while without you noticing because maybe you started examining yourself more since you had the herpes. Do you think that may be the case? When I had chronic thrush then vulvodynia I was examining myself a lot with a magnifying mirror and got worried if I saw anything that looked like a red rash. The problem is that I wasn't sure if I always looked like that but it's just that I never used to examine myself that closely. Like the few papules I've got, I'd never noticed them before, but then again I'd never looked that close. Perhaps I'd always had them. I had a biopsy when I had vulvodynia. They take a small circle of skin from that area. It wasn't painful when they did it because they inject with local anaesthetic first. Bit sore and uncomfortable afterwards though. I was told not the wear any knickers and to let the air get to it to help healing. It was summer so it was easy enough to wear a skirt and go commando at home but I didn't quite have the guts when picking the kids up from school!

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      That could be true but now i look at it, i feel that its so obvious that i couldn't have possibly missed it before haha. Glad to hear that its not painful! but the thought of it still scares me. Not sure when im going to drag myself to do the test. hopefully soon. Again, thank you so much for your replies! i rarely get replies longer than my questions. I mean i usually just ask so much XD. I really appreciate that you took some time to explain and share your experience with me. You are very kind =) I'll keep you updated if i get tested, lets see if you are right =)

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