Last month, I had intense itching while I had my period. I normally use a menstrual cup, but the itching by the opening of my vagina was so bad that I decided to switch to tampons. I found a bit of relief, but the itching was still there. It ended around the same time that my period ended. I didn’t have any discharge or odor.
I have some very small bumps by my vaginal opening (which my tampon string seems to irritate) but it could just be my normal skin texture. I had these tiny bumps last month as well, but forgot to check if they went away when the itching stopped. My initial thought was, “Could this be herpes?” but based on a Google image search and general knowledge of herpes, it doesn’t seem likely. As far as I can tell, the bumps aren’t weepy, scabbed over, or anything along those lines. No tingling or pain, just intense itching that extends from my vaginal opening to the lower portion of my inner labia.
What I’m wondering is: what could this be? It doesn’t seem like a yeast infection to me (I usually get 1-2 a year, easily treated with Monistat 3-day). Does anyone have any ideas of what could be going on, and what might help? I’ve tried some external cream that I had leftover from my last yeast infection, and although it’s slightly soothing, it’s not completely eliminating the itching. Should I try Monistat 3-day or something similar, or wait until my period ends and see if the itching goes away?
I should mention that I haven’t switched laundry detergents or body wash, I only wear cotton undies, and my diet hasn’t changed (I avoid yeasty things like bread because I have a gluten intolerance). The only “change” is that I began dating and having sex with a new partner about 3 months ago; we don’t use condoms (I’m on the pill) so that could explain why my first thought was herpes or another STD. We discussed STDs prior to having sex, and he said that he was tested a few months ago and he didn’t test positive for anything. Regrettably, I didn’t see any documentation to back this up. Anyway, sorry this post got a bit long, but if anyone has any insight/suggestions I would be grateful! Thank you in advance 🙂