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Hello,

Some of this may sound gross, I apologize in advanced :0) About 5 weeks ago I began to feel extreme stabbing pain in the clitoris. I couldn't walk or sit down. I took a mirror and noticed white patches around my labia and some patches underneath the hood of the clitoris. I went to a clinic and the nurse told me it was an yeast infection, although I didn't have excruciating itching or "cottage cheese" discharge - just dryness, pain and SERIOUS fatigue. So for about 4 weeks I have been treating the yeast infection with natural means (acidophilus etc) and Nystatin ointment. Now it seems like the yeast infection has subsided, and to a certain extent so has the pain...

However, the clitoris is still very much swollen, and almost feels like it's constantly aroused/erect. I even feel it pulsating from time to time. It hurts if I touch it (which makes it a pain to clean) but if I do nothing throughout the day (just lounge) it doesn't hurt as much. If I move around a lot, such as exercise or spend a day out (basic chores) - the next day I can barely move without it "prickling."

Could it be that the yeast infection/candida blew up on me, and now it's considered a severe case, or is this something else completely? I found it odd that I didn't have the traditional yeast infection symptoms, although I fit the "cause" profile for the week prior to all this problems: high stress, high sugar, tight underwear. I considered clitoral hood infection as well. Has anyone else experienced this, and how long did it take to go away? I have noticed a considerable difference from 2 weeks ago, but it seems to be lingering.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

L.M

By the way, I am currently NOT sexually active, and have not been for a year - last year's tests came back negative for all STD's.
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replied June 23rd, 2009
try having one partner who is having you as their only partner.
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replied June 23rd, 2009
i was going to say you should get tested for STD's but i just noticed the last sentance!

do you do alot of excersise? or spin class, ive just started doing spin classes on the bike and my hole private area is throbbing a bit like what you have told me! so i know mines is because of that?

Your docter doesnt sound to good tbh, infact i have the same problem with mine. you should just go back to her/him and insist this is MORE than a yeast infection and you would like to get more tests done. They cant refuse you know!?
It might not be something big but it sure hell sounds uncomfortable!!
Go back to your docter asap
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replied June 27th, 2009
I have a similar issue. I am 32 weeks pregnant. I spent two days on my feet, out in the heat, for longer than usual and the next morning my labia was swollen and tender. My clitoris also was itchy and pulsing like yours. I called my doctor and they said to put an ice pack on it. Since I had no weird discharge or foul odor, the nurse thought it was likely a fluid drainage issue. She said the swelling could be causing the tissues to stretch and itch. So I am using Monistat itch cream on the clitoral area and I had to sit on an icy washcloth to get the labia to go down. I am much better today. So try ice, elevated feet, and itch cream and see if that helps. If no, talk to your Dr. in case it is an oddly presenting yeast infection.
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replied July 27th, 2009
second opinion?
It is important that your Dr. takes a swab of your vagina upon your return visit. Many things are often missed when the Doctor simply assumes. If you have been having this uncomfortable feeling for this long you deserve another explanation or treatment. I too did a spin class for the first time last week and am having soreness and pulsing, have you done anything different that could have irritated it? Good luck to you..I'm sure you're going to be fine.
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replied January 18th, 2010
help me too!
Join the club! I am going crazy for months now with this problem actually off and on for years and the docs/nurse practioners say its bv but the antibiotics for that never clear it up. Even the gel kind called something that starts with a M. I tried pouring white vinegar on it and it stung and seemed to dry up the white stuff into brown crumbly stuff then it came back and quit stinging but itched more. i even have pain in the ovary/pelvic area from it and a bloating feeling. Sad Im going to the medical school in columbia to see if the will do a thorough investigation.
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replied March 1st, 2010
It hurts!
I am not nor have been sexually active and yet my clitoris hurts too! Like the throbbing you discribed above but without any discolouration and such. It is an entirely new thing to be and being 17 its quite scary... I don't know what i should do :S
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replied July 10th, 2011
Join the club. Not sexually active, never have been, but my clitoris is tender. don't have the symptoms of a yeast infection though. If anyone has any advice to what it might be, please let me know.
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replied July 25th, 2011
clitoris pain
I have had the same problems, not sexually active, no yeast infection, but my clitoris hurts horribly at the slightest touch or movement. The first time it happened I read that the clitoris produces this fluid called sebum, which can sometimes harden into something called smegma? Anyway, it rubs at the clitoris and irritates it, like getting something in your eye. I took a bath, and gently tried to use the water to clear out whatever it was, which seemed to work.
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replied December 30th, 2011
painful clitoris
i would ask docs to look into whether u have a rare condition known as vulvodynia i suffered with it without knowing for 6 yrs before i was diagnosed by a new gp
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replied March 6th, 2010
swollen, painful clitoris (possibly due to a yeast infection?)
not sure if this will help anyone but...

I tend to get yeast infections whenever I am on anitbiotics for other infections (ie strep throat, tonsilitis etc). I just recently had another outbreak of yeast infection due to antibiotcs... each yeast infection differs for me; sometimes its just inside the vagina, other times its inside the vagina and on the labia, and other times (like this most recent) its inside the vagina and in/on my clitoris. The clitoris becomes swollen, red, painful to the touch and throbs at times. I can not use over the counter treatments such as Canestan because they contain metal which makes it 100 times worse.
What I can suggest is that you talk to your doctor and get a prescription for an oral yeast infection treatment called Flucanozole (150mg). It has worked wonders for me and usually only takes one dose to clear it up. Positive results typically begin within a day or so for me after taking the Fluconazole pill.

Hope this helps someone Smile

MC
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replied May 28th, 2010
pin like pain
I started spin in Oct09 and noticed that after the 'spin soreness' wore off I was still having clitoral pain. It is like a pin sticking into it. A sharp 'biting' pain like there is a grain of sand inside the hood that is rubbing it. It sometimes bleeds onto my underwear. Not much, but enough to notice. Showering and sex are a no until it goes down. I noticed the white 'spot's but mine are not IN the skin but seem to be like a powder/dry cream on top of the skin that will rub off. I have no idea... I was just going to buy a bike seat pad and hope it helped and then bring it up when I went to the Dr.
There is usually no swelling or throbbing unless it is really bad and lasted a few days.
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replied December 3rd, 2010
i am a virgin..a few days ago my clit started to itch really bad. i didnt think much of it until it got worse to the point where i couldnt help but scratch. i put a mirror down there and noticed my clit was very swollen and hurt to touch. its also like impossible for me to get wet. i also noticed a white discharge or buildup inside my vagina and along the walls. i dont know what to do!! im starting to get worried. please help!
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replied May 14th, 2011
It sounds like clitorodynia....if its chronic. I have had this condition for over a decade and while there are mnths at a time where I forget I have it...it then returns for months at a time where I just can't believe the pain. Constantly feels swollen and aroused but irritated at the same time. I go see my gyno but she says there is nothing she can do. She has spent the time to look at my clit and affirms that there is redness at the tip. Whenerev I have seen other gynos they look at my clitoris and say it looks fine and send me home with some cream that doesn't work. Others have tried to get me neurotin but I have never stuck to taking this drug.

It makes me feel like gynos don't know what the hell they are doing or what a clitoris even looks like. It so depressing.. I pretty much have painkillers on hand and take them occasionally.
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replied August 14th, 2011
Hello I am writing this message to hopefully help others who are going through what i just did. I am a Ftom Transsexual. That is a Woman who is transitioning to become male. I been on testosterone treatments for years and had a full hysterectomy. I just 2 years ago under went a full breast removal. I am keeping my lower female part however. So after a while i started to have atrophy and pain. Infections which would go back and forth between yeast and bacteria. My skin became so fragile i would bleed during sex. It got to the point i could no longer perform for my lover and i could barely go a few minutes sitting,walking and constantly had the sensation i had to urinate. I went 3 years like this DR to DR MED to MED finally i flew to another country and saw homeopathic Dr's and spoke to a native healer. I have been steadily getting better and i am at the moment 6 months free of YEAST infections! I have a little pain but it is tolerable and everyday is getting to be better. So here is what i was told. IT DOES WORK. First yeast lives off of carbohydrates and sugars. So FAST yest FAST for 2 weeks NO sugar and NO breads or yeasts. That means pizza,bread,some cakes things of that nature. No juice or other sugary things. No honey. JUST veggies and basics. You will most likely get sick for 2-3 days as the yeast in your system dies off. Once the yeast gets lowered "naturally" you will start to feel better and notice a change in your vagina. Now i was on premarin for my atrophy wich cause the pain to my clitoris due to it has ALCOHOL in it. I do not recommend premarin cause of this instead i switched to vagifem. Also i used 100% fruit of the earth brand aloe vera gel on my clit and outer area to ease the chemical burn or irritation from yeast. Yease does not care much for aloe. Aloe does not harm the PH either. The next thing i did was make a pact where i monitored my sugar intake adding back a little at a time and if i eat something with yeast in it i eat a yogurt with acidophiles in it after this keeps the amount of yeast in your system in balance with the amount of bacteria. I really hope this helps people because my yeast infections where immune to medical treatments and yes it is a hard to do cure and it is un comfy but it REALLY does work. I have been yeast free now for over 6 months and counting!
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replied August 18th, 2011
Hi there,
I had the SAME issues and I finally asked my boyfriend to take a flashlight and look at my clitoris closely. I pulled back the hood and he saw a HAIR! He pulled it out with a tweezer and relief! I have no pain and it's all good.

So check it out!! Maybe that is your problem too.
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replied October 16th, 2011
Soreness of the Clitoris
Ok so im in highschool, virgin, have a boyfriend who has rubbed my clitoris before to stimulate so on and so forth... But now its sore. I kindof panic-ed about it aftr he left, at the time i had told him to stop because of the sharp pain... I dont have symptoms of a yeast infection... I can get wet, regular discharge flow, and have taken it easy since he left. I had got an ice cube and wrapped it in a single paper towel. Placed it on to of my underwear where the clitoris is.. Ive layed down and done this for about 30 minutes now and the colling icecube has soothed it and the pain isnt that bad to be hobest it feels like its going away more every minute... Idk if this will help but the coolness of ice, or soaking in a cool bath may help the soreness subside and help you recover faster... Cause this has happened all in a one-day-period Smile feel better... Cause ik the pain feels horrible for now...
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replied October 16th, 2011
Ladies, I'm aware of this as my wife had the problem and doctors couldn't figure it out, finally I got her to douch often and rub petroleum gelly (Vaseline) and keep the area clean and continuously apply vaseline and a week later the painful throbbing, swelling, erectness subsided and within a month or so she was back to normal.
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replied June 3rd, 2012
Hi i am 33yrs old, my clitoris started to hurt ysterday i went to the bathroom to check and i saw a soar its hurts when i am sitting down and move so quickly forgetting what i have ,,,pls help me i dont know what to do ??
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replied June 29th, 2012
Have you considered it being a cyst
Wanted to share my experience since I too had the same symptoms 3 days ago. After doing antibiotics and Diflucan ( I believed it was irritation from a untreated yeast infection)I got the disgusting and very foul smelling surprise ....when it popped.it was a ingrown hair that had turned in to a pus filled cyst. I would have never thought u could get a cyst right on ur clitoris , but u can and it is extremely painful(felt like passing out from the pain). So if all ur other options aren't working try hot compresses it's what got my festering infected cyst to finally explode relieving all the pain and pressure I had.
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replied October 28th, 2012
Clitoral pain
Has anyone heard of Restless Genital Syndtome or Persistent Sexual Arousal Disorder? I feel like I am orgasming constantly with no relief? I'm going to fix it if it's the last thing I do.
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replied July 5th, 2013
Hi everyone,

I had the exact same problem recently -- and it was resolved! So, don't worry, there's hope. It turned out, for me, that it was a UTI (a urinary tract infection, also known as a bladder infection).

About a week ago, I woke up at 4am with intense throbbing in my clitoris. I started panicking, because I didn't know what was happening. The sensation wasn't painful at first -- but it was EXTREMELY uncomfortable. I couldn't sleep, I couldn't sit, I couldn't lie down, I couldn't stand. I felt like gravity was pulling on my groin. I had a continuous sort of tingly, aching sensation similar to the feeling right after an orgasm; it was sort of like being constantly "turned on," as other people described. It also felt like I constantly needed to pee.

Eventually I discovered that the sensation was most intense during and after urination. The aching, throbbing discomfort gradually turned into outright pain, so I took some ibuprofen, which took care of the sensation for about 5 hours at a time. I finally went to the Emergency Room, and after 2 hours of waiting, I was told I had a UTI. A doctor gave me some antibiotics to take, twice a day for 5 days, and told me I might still need painkillers for the first few days.

As it turns out, as soon as I took my second pill, I didn't need any more pain meds. I'm now done with my antibiotics, and I'm pain-free and UTI-free! Good luck, everyone! There's hope!
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replied October 3rd, 2013
I am having the exact same issue. Mine started with swelling and general pain in that area and then I got a very bad uti, which has taken lots of antibiotics to get rid of. Anyway 4 months on, bladder has now eased, but I am left with this tingling feeling in my clitoris, like constantly being turned on, which I can safely say I am not!! Been back to the doctors and they have given me a low dose thrush oral tablet to take over the next two weeks. Will this feeling to?? I have frightened myself with looking at stuff on the Internet if what it could be, and I think stress is playing its part as well now. Anyone else had this, and has it gone now??
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replied October 20th, 2013
I had this exact same problem. Woke up with a very sensitive, painful clitoris, which got worse throughout the day. Every time I moved, shifted, walked, or wiped, a jolt of pain would hit me. I read this thread, and saw Jessica526's post saying she had someone look with a flashlight and he found a hair. I was skeptical but desperate for a possible answer, so I had my husband go in for a close look with a flashlight. I pulled the hood back as far as possible and he saw...a HAIR. It was lodged between the clitoris & the hood. He pulled it out with tweezers, and it was INSTANT relief. No more pain from that moment on! It's amazing how much irritation & incredible discomfort can come from a tiny hair! Definitely try this if you're having clitoris pain. If you don't have someone who can look for you, try using a mirror. The key is pulling back the hood as far as possible, to get a good look.
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