The following is our latest Blog post, written for MsMuslim Magazine:
I’m generally pretty healthy and I’ve never had an STD *knock on wood* – but lately I’ve been noticing some rash/acne type bumps around my vagina. Like I mentioned before – I have been recently tested for STD’s and came back all clear but this is worrying me a bit. The area is a little tender/itchy but other than that, no other symptoms.
Should I be worried?
Glad you are taking such good care of your body, including being tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs, the most recent title update to this class of afflictions).
Tenderness and/or itching may have many causes beyond just STIs, including
- sensitivity or allergy to soap, laundry detergent, spermicidal agents, etc.;
- Heat rash from sweating (i.e. sporting activities, heavy PJs, stockings, contact between the genitals and a synthetic chair cushion, sweaty sexual encounter);
- Dryness (i.e. Hydrating enough? Do you have a humidifier going during the winter months? Tight, rubbing pants?);
- Estrogen deficiency, etc.
Sexually speaking, friction irritation from the penis or his pubic hair during sexual activities can also cause the type of irritation you’re describing; as well as irritation from a bloody menstrual pad or other dermatological concerns (i.e. eczema, infections, allergies).
As you can see, there is a lot to look into. If you cannot come up with your explanation and solution, make sure to consult with your doctor.