All You Need To Know About Vaginal Abrasions
Being a woman is never easy. Women go through many things on a daily basis, whether it’s ovarian cysts, painful periods, and the worst being cancers of the breast and ovaries. Another thing women have to deal with sometimes is a vaginal abrasions. While common, it can still sting and is not the most pleasant thing to go through. If you are a woman, and you are experiencing a vaginal abrasion and don’t know what to do about it, you can relax. In this article, we will discuss everything starting with what it is, and down to different types of remedies for it.
What is it?
A vaginal abrasion is just like any other type of abrasion. It is an area that became irritated due to lack of lubrication. You can get vaginal abrasions from just about anything, and it does take time to heal. Some women have gotten vaginal abrasions from tampons, condoms, or even their underwear when it is too tight. This can affect women of any age, whether they are an adolescent, or an adult woman.
How does it happen?
This abrasion can occur from many different scenarios. The woman can get these abrasions through sexual intercourse, when she inserts a tampon when she is on her period, or even if she is wearing a pair of underwear that is too tight. These vaginal abrasions can also happen if women do not wear underwear and they decide to wear a type of jeans that are too tight. It can rub up against the vagina for several hours, resulting in a scrape on the vagina from irritation. It is very common, and can be treated at home. It is not something that is super serious or life threatening.
How can it be prevented?
There is no surefire way to prevent getting a vaginal abrasion. The only thing that can be done is to be careful. Make sure lubricant is used during sexual intercourse to prevent dryness and scrapes from happening. When wearing tight clothing, make sure there is a soft, protective layer of clothing (such as underwear that is a bit bigger) and never wear clothing, such as jeans that are skin tight. It is always a hit and miss when you use tampons, so the safer bet would be to use pads when you are a little dry that month. Even if these precautions are taken, it is important to note that this may not work, and you may still get painful vaginal abrasions anyway.
There are a few natural remedies that can be tried at home until you can see your gynecologist. Depending on what way you want to go, you have a small selection of things to try. The more popular suggestions for dealing with an abrasion that is located on the vagina is to dab a little coconut oil to the affected area. It is said that the coconut oil will remove the discomfort, moisturize the skin, and work on removing the abrasion within a matter of days. You can also try bathing in what is called Sitz Baths, but be sure that it is diluted down with hydrogen peroxide so it does not cause more pain or discomfort to the affected area of the vagina.
Over the Counter Remedies:
There are also a few over the counter remedies that you can try. Again, there is a selection to choose from. Please note that not all of these work for anybody, and it is important to see your gynecologist to determine if they can get you anything to help with the abrasion. Over the counter remedies that have proved helpful are an over the counter lubricant to rub on the affected area. It gets rid of the pain and discomfort and helps the abrasion go away for a while. It will not keep abrasions away forever, though. This over the counter lubricant should be seen as a ‘just for now’ type of remedy, until you go see your doctor.
When you see your doctor, they can take a look at the affected area, and they may prescribe a cream for you to use. Your doctor may also order some tests to be done, to make sure it is not infected. They may also suggest you try an antibiotic ointment on the abrasion as well, just in case the cream alone will not work. It is important to see you doctor, regardless if the home treatments are working or not. You do not want to end up with an infected abrasion, as it can complicate things and cause more pain.
Vaginal abrasions are a part of life. There is no way around them, no matter how careful you are. Try these remedies today, and remember, get checked out by your doctor as soon as possible. Abrasions may be tough, but women are tougher and can conquer anything life throws at them.