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Thread: Red Labia - No Infection. Help!!

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    Unhappy Red Labia - No Infection. Help!!

    I'm currently 23, and for about two and half years I've been dealing with a red and irritated labia. I'm waiting for a call from my gynecologist about what her next plan is, but she seems to really be at a loss and I'm just very frustrated.

    My current symptoms are redness on both the labia majora and labia minora. There's no itching and only an occasional burning/stinging around the vaginal opening. There's no abnormal discharge. However, moderate touching causes pain, so I'm not able to have sex.

    A bit of personal history:
    Last spring, I finally began actively (visiting the gyno at least once a month) trying to solve this problem. The first months, she would diagnose me with yeast and prescribe 2 Diflucan pills. I had itching, discharge and positive yeast cultures at the time.

    It seemed to work, but about a week after taking the 2nd pill, it would come back. She did a full STD test, all negative. She also took some cultures, also negative (except the yeast). I also had my blood sugar tested and it came back normal. In October, I had intense pain on my lower right side. At times I would be doubled over in pain. I had an ultrasound, but my ovaries were fine and they ruled out PCOS. She also took a culture and it was negative for yeast. The pain went away shortly after the ultrasound.

    In November I fractured my elbow, so all this was put on hold for a month, but I took no medication for the elbow. The 2nd week of December I went back to the gyno and all the usual tests came back negative. She gave me another dose of Diflucan, although she didn't see any yeast. She also suggested my BF take one as well. I was back in her office on the 22nd and she decided to some extra tests ($2,250 worth!!) but all came back negative. The 19th she ran the typical tests again (negative) and prescribed clotrimazole and betamethasone cream for two weeks, with no results. I'm assuming that because this didn't work, it's not an allergy??

    A bit more info:
    - I have very irregular periods, and from about May to December I did not menstruate. I don't wear pantyliners, so I'm certain it's not an allergy to those.

    - I haven't had sex in almost two months. Very frustrating, but atleast I know it's not related to that.

    - I only began taking birth control (Yaz) in December.

    - I began taking acidophilus Pearls in July. Two weeks ago I switched to Reuteri pearls, but I'm not sure these are really helping.

    - I use Dove Unscented soap, but switched to Aveeno sensitive skin a week ago. I also began washing my hair separately and washing my face at the sink, in case any of those were causing problems. I don't use any other products on this area.

    - I also changed my brand of underwear two weeks ago (still 100% cotton).

    -I use Tide Free and Clear, but I also switched to Cheer Free and Clear for a few months. I don't use dryer sheets or fabric softener or anything.

    -I try to drink plenty of water, and for a few weeks I was drinking at least 4 bottles of water a day with no relief and it just became too hard to keep up. I now drink about two bottles a day.

    -I also have slightly above normal testosterone levels, but I don't know if this is causing it.

    I just have no idea what to do next. It has really gotten to the point that on my last visit to the pharmacy, the male pharmacist handed me the medication and said something along the lines of, "Well, I really hope this works this time." So embarrassing! This is definitely not as bad as it was when I started or as bad as any of the symptoms many of you describe on here...but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    What could this be??

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    have any of your doctors mentioned something like vulvodynia or vulvar vestibulitis? Something like that may explain the pain, but I'm not sure about the irregularity

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    I have had similar issues to yours for the last couple months. I, too, have been to several doctors and given the typical meds to treat things starting with bv, then yeast, then Strep B, and now back to yeast. I am at a a loss as to what could be going on. I have so much stress an anxiety over this that it has seriously affected my entire life. I want to be able to have a day where I don't have to think of what's going on "down there." As much as I want to, I refuse to give up looking for answers. I am going back to the doctor tomorrow and going to as about seeing a specialist. I will keep you posted on anything I may find out. Please do the same!

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    Take a look at your diet. Try a completely natural foods diet for at least 6 - 8 weeks, especially all animal products. It may sound radical but if nothing else is working, this certainly won't hurt you and it might just help. There are preservatives hidden in foods like meats that are not listed or reported anywhere that a consumer has access to, meats and dairy and other animal by-products are loaded with antibiotics and unlovely things like BGH (this acts as an artificial hormone resceptor keeping your hormones from going into your body's receptors as they should).

    Our bodies are complex and we each react a little differently to things we are exposed to. Something that doesn't bother most people, peanuts for example, can kill an sensitive person. Your best way to do this would to be to go on a vegan diet with all natural foods and see what happens, if nothing else you will learn some new ways of cooking and eating. It won't harm you. If it won't hurt and might help, why not try it?
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    hi dear, i have been getting something more similar to yeast infection, periodically, and it would go away temporarily with medication, and would come back again in few weeks, besides that i was catching cold too alot of times, like 9-10 times a year and almost at the same time that i had my periods and i would be sick so badly for a week, ending uo taking antibiotics, so i started taking multi vitamins and vitamin d regularly, to help with my colds, since i started with vitamins, surprisingly i only got cold once last year and my yeast infection or whatever that it was has gone for once a year or less, so i am guessing sometimes our immune system gets weak and can fight the viruses or bacteria s, so if you can boost your immune system, your body could take care of most of the problems, and trust me doctors don't even mention this, i am glad i tried this, because i was getting weaker and weaker with every infection, and i was missing so much work days, that i could loose my job, and in the end i got my both problems solved
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