Experience Discomfort When My Vulva is Touched

Sun, 09/28/2008 - 11:04
Submitted by Betty Dodson

Dear Dr. Betty,

i have had numerous yeast infections over the last year and had trouble keeping sexual arousal when touched by my own hands or a partners, i tend to experience itching or even discomfort when i used to have increased pleasure. no doctor has found any problems with stds etc. i have always had issues with allergies and sensitive skin, and it appears that this may be a similar issue. what do you recommend to be able to enjoy sex and/or masturbation when it just adds to itching or discomfort?

Patti

Dear Patti,

Ah yes, the yeastie beasties is no fun. These mischievous bacteria thrive when there is an abnormally alkaline environment in the vagina. Avoid antibiotics because we know they upset the flora and fauna in our vaginas and the entire intestinal tract. Try using pro-biotics or the direct insertion of plain, unpasturized (sugar free) yogurt in your vagina with an over-the-counter vaginal cream applicator. This form of yogurt contains Lactobacillus acidophilus which will acidify the vagina and keep it balanced. Or insert an acidophilus capsule inside the vagina.

The self-cleansing aspect of the vagina is basically sound. But in the case of a yeast overgrowth, there are many things to consider. Some women are allergic to the chemicals found in personal lubricants like ones that contain glycerin. Other sources for a yeast overgrowth besides diet are tight clothing, other meds, your type of birth control, etc. I always look to food as my medicine so take a good look at what you are eating and avoid processed foods especially with sugar.

A good resource for vulvovaginal health is The V book written by Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, a Boston based gynecologist. Or get A New View of a Woman's Body by the Federation of Feminist Women's Health Centers. Another resource is The National Women's Health Resource Center. Knowledge will always enhance your pussy power.