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i want to know why my vaginal lips get sore? this is the second time that happens to me, when i get sore like after a while my lips gets hard.... but i relly dont knoe why this happens 8-|

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If you have a problem in the vulval or vaginal area, such as itching or pain or discharge, you may feel too embarrassed to get help. (Of 100 women attending a clinic for vulval problems in Oxford, UK, five had suffered for over 20 years before plucking up the courage to see their family doctor.) To get help, you must overcome that anxiety. Remember that:

most vaginal and vulval problems can be dealt with easily
if you do have an infection, it needs to be treated promptly
doctors are used to examining the genital area – it is just like any other part of the body to them
if you do not want to see your family doctor, you can go to your local genitourinary medicine clinic, or talk to the nurse at your doctor’s surgery.

Before seeing the doctor, think carefully about what the actual problem is. Is it pain or is it itching? Do you have a discharge? Are you worried that someone could have given you an infection? Are you worried that your vulva does not look normal? Remember, your doctor cannot help you if he or she does not know what the problem is!

Any of the causes of vulval itching may cause actual pain if they are severe; trichomoniasis, for example, can make the vulva very sore. But if what you are feeling is rawness and burning, not itching, there are three main possibilities: genital herpes, ‘vulvodynia’ or ‘vulval vestibulitis syndrome’. If your main problem is pain on intercourse, look at the section on painful sex.


Vulvodynia is a very unpleasant burning or aching feeling. The sensation is unremitting and is often worse at night. It is more common in older women. It is diagnosed only when other causes of pain, such as a skin disease, have been ruled out. The vulva looks perfectly normal, but the pain is real.

Try applying some ice – some women find this is the best way of relieving the pain.
Aloe vera gel, Calendula and Dr Bach Rescue Cream are remedies for sore and painful skin. You can buy them from health food stores. Try each separately. You may also be able to soothe the area by applying vitamin E oil (which you can squeeze out from capsules of vitamin E).
Aqueous cream is a plain, soothing, perfume-free cream that you can buy from pharmacies. Many women with vulvodynia find that aqueous cream helps by soothing and rehydrating the skin. Use it cold, by storing it in the fridge. Unlike steroid creams, you can use it as often and for as long as you like.
Aveeno (oatmeal) baths are a useful treatment for severe attacks of pain. You can buy the sachets from health shops. Put a sachet in the bath and bathe for 20 minutes. Repeat up to four times.
Talk to your family doctor, because tricyclic antidepressant medication often helps. This is not because you are depressed (or imagining the condition), but because these drugs suppress transmission in nerves of the skin. Another medication, gabapentin, is sometimes used ( Lancet 2004;363:1058 –60).
Your local hospital may have a ‘vulval clinic’ that your family doctor could refer you to. Vulval clinics are usually part of the hospital dermatology department, and doctors at these clinics are experts in painful vulvas.

hope some of this information helps
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