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Hi Ladies,

Recently, I had my annual visit with the GYN. and I felt some mild, internal vaginal irritation the day after the exam. This symptom did disappear the following day. Although I did have irritation the day of the exam last year, I didn't have the same irritation the day of the exam this year. However I wondered what could be the cause this time since the lubricant that they used was gluten-free. Has anyone else experienced this when they go to the GYN?

Thanks... its personal. :rolleyes:

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I get that all the time, but I have vular vestibulitis, so it's kinda expected. If the skin in the area is a bit dry, or it was just after your period (when you're at your lowest level of estrogen, which may also mean that the skin is a bit thinner), it may not have been as stretchy as it needed to be for how 'aggressive' the gyn was. Do mention it to your gyn. Also, depending on your age, you may be experiencing fairly normal age-related dryness, which also can be addressed fairly easily.

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I also get that but I just always thought it was due to the fact that I dread the exam so much that it makes me so tense, thereby irritating me all the more.....

Karen

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I also get that but I just always thought it was due to the fact that I dread the exam so much that it makes me so tense, thereby irritating me all the more.....

Karen

That experience - vaginismus - is also a common cause. The doctor should both talk to you, and touch you (like, put a hand on your leg) first. Additionally, you can voluntarily relax the muscles (with varying levels of success, depending on how much you practice this and the full extent of the cause of the vaginismus) to reduce this problem. If it significantly interferes, the doctor can also use a smaller speculum. (On patients with serious vaginismus, that isn't so severe as to prevent any exam whatsoever, many good gyns will use a pediatric speculum. Full size ones are not required for an exam.)

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I get the itching after also and thought it was the lubricant she used then realized I have a latex allergy and read somewhere today that the power in the gloves have gluten in them.

Just trying to put 2 and 2 together :blink:

Judy

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Hi Ladies,

Recently, I had my annual visit with the GYN. and I felt some mild, internal vaginal irritation the day after the exam. This symptom did disappear the following day. Although I did have irritation the day of the exam last year, I didn't have the same irritation the day of the exam this year. However I wondered what could be the cause this time since the lubricant that they used was gluten-free. Has anyone else experienced this when they go to the GYN?

Thanks... its personal. :rolleyes:

It may be from the powder in the gloves, many times it is not gluten-free or it could be the lubricant. The mucous membranes react to gluten, they use rectal suppositories and biopsy in many countries instead of the endo to diagnose for this reason. It is also why so many of us have hemmies when glutened. Some, myself included will get DH blisters from 'pads' for the same reason.

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Some, myself included will get DH blisters from 'pads' for the same reason.

That happens to me! That's why I can't use pads, thank God for Tampax........ ;)

Karen

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I was thinking the same thing- I feel like there';s this big canadian guy lurking at the OB GYN post. :P

I have experienced the same thing....don't know if it's the gloves or the lubricant or what but I am always irritated after an OB GYN exam. Also, I find that scented detergents and anything but pure cotton underwear irritates me. I thgink many people have sensitive vaginas. (I'm sorry- now I want to laugh because I was thinking about that "random" Canadian guy replying that he has a sensitive vagina too). Best, B

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Well thanks for mentioning Tampax are safe...another thing I had not even thought of. Plus I have to call for my annual gyn appt. so I'll be sure and ask about the lubricant. Gosh this is exhausting but I know it will become somewhat second nature eventually. Luckily Sominex is safe since I took at Monday night after getting the dx late in the day. I was wired and I had to get some sleep. The next morning I realized what a mistake I'd made. :o

About the photo when I first saw it I thought how rude of this guy!! :lol:

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What guy? I am not counting the guy with the "Flying Beagle". I am gone for the morning and miss something. :blink::lol::blink:

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No biggie. Just had a pic of hubby up as my avatar for awhile, making sure the coast was clear for me... LOL! :P But my old mug is back on now.....

Karen

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I just noticed that it is the most hilarious thing to have hubby's pic beside a post thanking God for Tampax!

:lol::lol::lol::lol:

Karen

I don't see your hubby, just you????

Judy in Philly

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