vagina discomfort

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Hi, im 58 years of age and i went through the monopause in my early 40's. I have a really itchy and sore vagina, its around my vulva, no problems internally. I seen my GP who did some tests for bacteria and she prescribed my Betnovate, steroid cream, which did not help. I also was prescribed HRT pessaries which i use twice a week. Ive tried vagisil, hyalofemne, some vilva cream from amazon, e45 anti itch cream and Lanacane, nothing works. Ive had this about 6 months my GP tells me to keep trying different moisturisers, which are costing me a fortune. There isnt anything visibke to see apart from a little redness i think my GP thinks im making it up but its really getting me down, i dont use soap or perfumed soap powder so it isnt that. I would be grateful for any advice.

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    Susyp are you still having intercourse? If so, does your partner have any problems similar to yours?

    If this doesnt apply to you , I know it can be very frustrating when you think your GP doesnt believe you, but they will always work through their tried and trusted medications first. Please dont give up. Keep plugging away at your GP and you will gradually get the answer you need. It may even be a referral to a gynaecologist if your GP cant provide the answer. By the way,have you had any swabs taken ? Sometimes Thrush can be present without any apparent discharge. Maybe suggest a swab to be taken.Or you could try buying an over the counter medication by Canesten, which is a pessary for internal use and cream for the external area

    Are your smear tests up to date?

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      Hi, intercourse is a rare event, it makes it worse, my partner has no problems, its not thrush, ive had swabs, since posting i have made an appointment with my GP for further tests, ill repost after, thanks for your reply.

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    Hi Susy, It's not fair is it?! I'm similar in age to you. Since menopause I had problems with dryness so been using Vagifem. Out of the blue, had itching and discomfort and treated for thrush. Soon after, had what looked like long cuts in vulva with diagnosis of suspected lichen sclerosis. Then began a trial of different steroids with poor results. It has never really cleared and most times can hardly bear underwear, trousers -even sitting! Now think it's contact dermatitis and I got biopsy done just before lockdown so no results yet. I use Dermol 500 a lot to wash with as well as keeping my vulva moisturized so get that on prescription if you're in the UK. Intimacy is out of the question and the whole thing gets me down. No one except my partner knows as I feel it's not something you want to discuss. I do hope you get a diagnosis and proper treatment. Take care!

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      No its not, its a nightmare. Ive got a GP appointment on Wednesday, ill keep you posted, i mentioned anti deppressants as ive read on previous posts these can help with the nerves in that area, she didn't seem too keen, ill try anything. Thanks for your reply, take care.

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    i would ask for a referral to GYN and likely need a biopsy to rule out lichen

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    I have an appointment on Wednesday with my GP for an examination to rule out Lichen, its taken alot of persistence to get this as ive previously just been told to try new moisturisers until i find one that works which not of them seem to, ill post an update after my appointment, thanks for your reply.

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