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My last period ended about 10 days ago and soon after I noticed a sort of
paper-cut looking thing on my vagina, on the inside of one of the lips
( on labia majora). I thought it had to have been from contact with my underwear ( irritation), or just from scratching or something. It did go away and heal, however I noticed a few days ago that another one appeared. This one is above the clitoris at the way top. It seemed red and burned a little but then it started to get kind of flaky. At this point, it doesn't burn but it is annoying when i'm taking a shower and I wash myself down there.
I am not sexually active...I've only had sex once and that was about a year and a half ago. I haven't had any stds in the past....So it's really doubtful that something would show up after a year and a half.
I read up on this and it's probably vaginal fissures and maybe its caused by hormones, stress, diet...
Actually, it happened right after my period. And about a month and a half ago I had my appendix removed and was put on antibiotics. But that was a while ago.... So can this still affect it?
If you know anything about this condition, what you have done to keep it under control, what the causes are...Anything would help.
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replied September 27th, 2005
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Does anyone know or have a similar problem? Please reply
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replied September 29th, 2005
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No clue, maybe the antibiotics?
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replied October 3rd, 2005
Me Too
:( I am having the same problem. I am experiencing these vaginal fissures that look like paper cuts. I too have just finished taking antibiotics for a sinus infection. Do you think that maybe the antibiotics have something to do with it? The only difference with me is that I am suffering from anal fissures right now too, as a result of a poor sexual intercourse choice I made last week. Does anyone have any idea what is wrong?
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replied October 6th, 2005
What It Sounds Like
It sounds like your mentrual cycle and or antibiotics causes you to have a yeast infection. Which means you may be scratching yourself,,,, ladies please remember your not supposed to be using soap inside your vagina to clean.
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replied October 9th, 2005
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I haven't gotten anymore fissures since the last one ( which was a few weeks ago). I think it was probably caused by the antibiotics...
I just got a paptest and talked to the gyno. About it and she mentioned that I probably got a bit of a yeast infection that wasn't enough to cause more severe symptoms.
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replied March 18th, 2006
Here's What I've Found...
Hi everyone,
i've been looking into this issue and it seems that it may be due to yeast infections. Often these infections do not have very noticeable symptoms, so do not be too quick to decide you don't have one.

i found the following information:
classic symptoms of yeast infections include vulvar itching, redness, and irritation. If your urinary opening is inflamed, you may have to urinate somewhat more frequently than usual, and urination may be uncomfortable. If your infection is severe, your vulva may swell and fine breaks, called fissures, may appear. Your vaginal discharge will become thicker, whiter, and curd-like (similar to cottage cheese in texture and appearance). Inflammation of the vulva and vagina, combined with the dryness of your discharge, makes intercourse painful.


I've found the sweet almond oil is a wonderful method of increasing elasticity and make tearing less likely. There is also a natural antibacterial oil called ozonol. If inserted into the vagina it can cure yeast infections.

I hope at least some of this helps.

Cheers.
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replied March 20th, 2006
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I used one of the monistat one day packs and it cleared the same symptoms up in a week for me. Its suggested you go to your doctor if it's your first diagnosed yeast infection.
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replied October 22nd, 2006
Doctor's Answer
I went to the doctor for my vaginal fissures that would not go away and she said it is due to yeast. She prescibed me the canesten cream to apply to them. I guess this means its just an external yeast infection without other symptoms. You can by canestan cream at the drug store now- it's with the canestan yeast infection products. You can also get it over-the-counter, or even get a presciption and see if your health plan will cover it. Mine did and I only paid $2 for it.
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replied October 9th, 2007
Anyone Else Who Experiences This Have a Copper Iud?
I experience the same thing EVERY month, the week before my period starts. I start out feeling extremely dry, and the next day, I have fissures. Then, I experience extreme itching and pain for the next week until my period starts. Then, when my period is gone, so are all the symptoms. I don't have the classic yeast infection symptoms, no discharge, and no yeasty smell. I do, however, have a 10 year copper iud. I have gone to the doctor, and he has run numerous tests, month after month, only to tell me it's yeast. I don't think it is. I don't think it's normal to get a yeast infection EVERY month at the same time. Here's what I think. I think that maybe the copper IUD is releasing something into my uterus, and when the lining starts to shed every month, my vagina is irritated by it. I never experienced this before getting the IUD, so that's the only thing I can think of. Anyone else have an IUD here?

Thanks!
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replied March 1st, 2012
Yeast infection, copper coil IUD.
I have had a copper iud for the last 6 months and have been experiencing more than usual yeast infection on the outside of my vagina (like small cuts). My intuition says it might have something to do with the iud!!!!! Love to hear more about this if anyone knows anything....
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replied October 9th, 2007
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Re: Here's What I've Found...
cyfarwydd wrote:


I've found the sweet almond oil is a wonderful method of increasing elasticity and make tearing less likely. There is also a natural antibacterial oil called ozonol. If inserted into the vagina it can cure yeast infections.

I hope at least some of this helps.

Cheers.


Thanks for your info!

However, don't treat a yeast infection with an antibacterial, it could make it worse. Yeast infections are treated with anti-fungals. If you use antibacterial products on your genitals, it will likely increase your risk for yeast infections.

of course I have no idea what this ozonol stuff really is, maybe it is an anti-fungal and will treat the yeast infection. But I wouldn't put anything in my vagina that wasn't fda approved lol, I'm a little protective.
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replied November 10th, 2007
Im Glad Im Not the Only One.....
i have been having thte symptoms of a yeast infection for about 2 months. i have been prescribed medication after medication. and nothing has worked. ive went to the doctor many times and the yeast test comes back positive every time. so about a week ago a noticed that i had this paper cut in the inside of my labia. its painful and feels just like a paper cut. so i went back to my doctor because my symptoms havent gotted better. this time she said that it could be herpes!!! she took a swab of the cut and i had my blood drawn. what is weird about this is i have been with the same person for almost 2 years and never had ANY of the symptoms of herpes. and everything i have read about herpes has lead me to believe herpes is blisters not cuts. im still waiting the results....so if there is anyone out there that has had this happen to them....please let me know! im very frightened!
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replied November 11th, 2007
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That's true, herpes is usually blisters. But you can have it and not ever get blisters, so you wouldn't even know you had it unless you got tested.

If you keep getting recurring yeast infections, there could be a cause (something you're doing that makes them come back) check out the web md page.
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replied November 27th, 2007
Please Help
I need help... I went to my GYN two weeks ago and I explained to her all my symptons that all you girls have spoken about above... I get the paper cut around my vagina lips, very painfull dry skin down there, ITCHY, discharge that seems to as a yeart infection, PAINful intercourse and afer intercourse my vagina feels very swallon and tender.... anyways.. my GYN takes a look and she tells me it looks like Herpes (mind you I had no blisters or anything that looked like herpes) so she prescrived me cyclover and for ten days I took it... NOTHING seem to get better.. I went today and the test for herpes came back negative!! She told me it might be a yeast infection and to just be sure she was going to run a chlamydea and gonorrea test (I told her I was married and no way it can be an STD) she also told me to put KY jelly on my vagina for the dryness... I dont think it's the yeast infection because I have had yeast infections in the past and the symptons continue.. I just don't know what to do anymore.. this is ruining my sex life (I'm married) I dont know what my next step should be.. PLEASE HELP
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replied May 23rd, 2012
Healing vaginal fissures
Hi - I had the same thing - caused by the pill making my yeast levels go out of control. I cam off the pill but was left with fissures. I was using KY for the dryness - turns out it was that causing the fissures. It's full of glycerin which causes the papercuts. I now use coconut oil as a lubricant for sex drymess and wash with olive soap (the only soap without glycerin - both can be bought from health stores) and the fissures have healed and gone!Good luck - hope this workd for you.
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replied November 27th, 2007
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It won't ruin your sex life forever; you will find the answer. Keep that in mind!!
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replied November 28th, 2007
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It really could be a lot of things... a yeast infection, endo, cervicitis, std's, you just need to keep trying!!
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replied January 3rd, 2008
Same Here
i got the same things. every DR. i told didn't say anything and just said 'i dont know' .. i just switched drs. and she did a herpes culture. i was soo scared but it came back negative today. she said its just fissures and gave me estrogen cream. hopefully this will work!
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replied January 3rd, 2008
Did Some Research On What I Have. Hope It Helps
ok well for the last few weeks, i've been getting yeast infections very often. i had a lot of discharge, itching, and my skin even started to get those "papercuts". just today i noticed that my skin down there had started turning white. my doctor told me that this could be a result of a prolonged and sometimes hereditary yeast infection. the whiteness of my skin is a result of excessive scratching; this is called lichenification. lichenification is prolonged rubbing/scratching of the skin which causes the skin to become overgrown, which results in the skin becoming thick and the exaggeration of normal skin markings, giving the skin a leathery bark-like appearance. my doctor also said that this could be herpes (stage 1) which is a result of my fiance' performing oral sex on me while he had a cold sore (which is herpes stage one, if you didnt already know). my doc did a culture test for both problems; meanwhile she gave me an ointment called corbetasol (for the lichenification), which is a strong steroid cream (you should not have sex while using this cream. since it contains very strong steroids, it can cause a lesion/ hole in your partner's member). i did a lot of research on this so that i know exactly what i am dealing with. i hope this helps!!
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replied January 9th, 2008
I Found Relief
I found relief by using Sweet Almond Oil... you can order it on the internet, though I'm sure it is available in stores somewhere as well. For me, I noticed that the cuts and itching would come in the winter times. I read somewhere that this oil might help, and it has provided me with a ton of relief. The oil is all natural, no scent, and is cheap! Good luck ladies!
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replied February 6th, 2008
two months later
Ok girls.. so after several visit to my GYN and all the exams you can think of .. I still have no cure for this... My GYN continues to tell me it's a yeast infection and with every visit gives me something for yeast infection and NOTHING.. I have an appointment with one of the specialist there.. they are going to put some magnifieing machine or something like that too see if they can detect bacteria or infection.. If they don't have an answer I am just going to have to look for yet my third GYN dr. Wish me Luck
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