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  • Pain during sex! Tried everything!

    Hello!
    ive never posted on a forum before but I'm desperate. For the last 6 months I have been dealing with a painful burning/tearing sensation at the opening of my vaginal during penetrative sex. I am 22 healthy female and am pretty limited in the amount of sex I've had. My current boyfriend is the only sex partner I've had. At first sex was totally fine but after a couple months on the pill I started having pain during sex. Eventually I went to the doctor and was told I had a vaginal infection. It took 3 rounds of antibiotics to get a culture swab to come back clear. At that point I stopped the pill as my OB said it could be making me dry and more susceptible to infection. I decided to switch over to the nuvaring but gave myself a month after the pill to chill out. My boyfriend and I are semi-long distance and only had two opportunities for sex during this hormone free month and both times were fine if not pain free. I've been on the ring for a week now and tho we've only had sex once it's back to being painful. I've read a lot about it being the ring? But I realize it could be another infection. I'm running out of BC options as I've already tried multiple pills, implanon (wasn't having sex then but it gave me a cyst so buh-bye), and now the ring. also we use plenty of lube and have tried KY and a silicone lube. Those doesn't seem to help much.

    Please throw anything at me you think might help. Could the ring get better if I wait it out another 2 months (when I'm suppose to check in with my doctor)? Should I abandon hormonal birth control? Help help help!

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    I must preface by admitting, I am rather biased against hormonal methods. I think they're just generally bad for our body. I used them for years, and I wish I hadnt.

    There are other methods to try first, and save hormonal methods as a last resort. While you're learning about other methods, and trying them out, get to know and understand your body by tracking your cycle in more detail, recognize ovulation days and other hormonal changes in your body.

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