Hi VPers,

My vagina has been really unhappy for the past 2 months. I’ve had a lot of itching and redness, but the strange part is that the skin in my vulva is literally peeling off. It peels off ‘inside’ (around the clit and labia minora), but externally everything is totally normal. Reeeeeally uncomfortable and not so conducive to sexy-times. I’ve never experienced something like this before, particularly because it’s been going on for so long — it’s like every few days I shed off a layer and then it becomes itchy and painful again. Bleh.

Because of the itching, my first thought was that this might be a yeast infection. But usually I have discharge with YIs (though admittedly I haven’t had one in a few years). I know that YIs manifest differently for different people, but can they manifest differently for the same person? If I use Canesten or something similar and I don’t have a yeast infection, would it mess things up even more? (I don’t have employment at the moment so I’m trying to avoid going to a doctor.)

This all started after the second menstrual period after I had my Mirena IUD removed (sob! I miss it so), so I’m guessing that hormonal adjustments are contributing to this problem.

Has anyone experienced this kind of peeling before?

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8 Responses to peeling? and use of YI meds

  1. Harne says:

    Maybe Not a YI

    At first thought, I’m wondering if it isn’t a yeast infection. Yeast infections are very common, but they’re also commonly diagnosed in error when there are other issues (like bacterial vaginitis).

    I know there is an OTC test you can buy (usually where the YI treatments are) that will tell if you you have a YI or not.

    I’d recommend seeing your doctor, though. Or at least calling to ask if there is a relationship between IUD removal and irritations…

  2. RedNope says:

    Re: Maybe Not a YI

    I live in Kenya and haven’t seen any tests around. But if this continues, I will certainly have to make a trip to the clinic. Thanks for your thoughts!

  3. Ezaora says:

    If you’re not having YI symptoms it may just be smegma (?)- dry skin peeling off.

    What’s the weather like where you are? Because I’ve noticed that if it’s too dry I get the same skin peeling problem you’re having, but once I put some coconut oil on or turn on the humidifier it tends to go away. I just stayed a week in a really warm, humid climate where I had little to no peeling and got back to icky midwestern weather, and it’s peeling like whoa.

    I would maybe try the YI meds, if that doesn’t help anything, see if there are any changes in the weather/your lifestyle.

  4. RedNope says:

    Hmmm, interesting thought. I live in Nairobi… it’s been ridiculous hot and dry for the past few months, but we’ve just entered the rainy season now. So maybe that will help!

    I got fed up and tried the YI meds last night, so hopefully that’ll be effective. If nothing has changed after my period (which is coming up at the end of the week), I’ll probably head to the doc.

    Thanks for your thoughts!

  5. Hteall says:

    I would try coconut oil (an antifungal and antibacterial), a vinegar-water solution, and/or yogurt as home remedies, because it does sound like how some people report yeast infections. It may be a slightly variant kind of yeast or something?

    The coconut oil and yogurt would probably be soothing, at least. (Remember, unflavored, unsweetened yogurt.)

    Good luck!

  6. RedNope says:

    Thank you, I’ll do that!

  7. Dri007 says:

    That sounds like a typical yeast infection for me (thank god I don’t get too many) I had it confirmed it was yeast after I went to the doc because dude, skin splitting and peeling there is crazy painful. I’d try treat for a yeast infection first and foremost. If that doesn’t clear it up, see a doc. As best I know treatments won’t harm you if you don’t have a yeast beast. Here the first question the doctor asks with any itching is “did you treat for yeast”

  8. RedNope says:

    Good point. Thanks!

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