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Hi. I'm 17 and my boyfriend is 18. We have been together now for 5 months and during that period we have had protective and unprotective sex. But last time we had sex I just suddenly had no feeling in it atall. Its just numb, he has performed oral on me but still then, i can feel nothing. I cant even tell when his penis is in my vagina. Since then, we have had protected sex twice to see if i still had the feeling of numbness and i do. It hasent appeared to of gone away in 3 days which i am finding very worrying. Ive scanned the internet for infections this could be but ive come up with nothing. Its not painful atall, i just do not feel any pleasure whatsoever. I have checked myself and i have no unusual discharge, odur or irritation atall. I have been checked for Chlymydia and me and my partner are both clear. He has only had one sexual partner before me, and he used condoms with her on all occasions. I havent had sex before either. please help, why do i have a numb vagina?!

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replied February 22nd, 2010
Sexual Health - Women Answer A10217
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

There is a great possibility that you have vaginal dryness and hence are not able to feel anything. There are many problems that cause vaginal dryness such as hypothyroidism, Sjogren’s syndrome, vaginitis or inflammation of vagina, dermatitis of skin around vagina, condom allergy, or allergy to soaps and lotions. Sometimes the foreplay is not adequate for the female to be aroused as the arousal time of the two partners is different.

There are many other causes of decreased libido such as depression, use of ante depressants, dry vagina, pain during intercourse, poor understanding between partners, difference in arousal time between partners, stress, anxiety, overwork, severe anemia etc. Birth control pills and hormone release by cystic ovaries too can cause a decreased interest in sex. Since a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net please discuss these possibilities with your gynecologist once.

Another possibility can be pudendal nerve entrapment causing vaginal numbness and inability to enjoy sex. Sciatica and peripheral neuropathies as seen in diabetes or hypothyroidsm too can cause vaginal numbness. It can also be due to injury to the vagina during sex. You will need to consult a neurologist regarding this. Hope this helps. Take care!

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