What It Means If You Feel Vaginal Pain All The Time

Dear Heather,

I’ve been experiencing a lot of vaginal pain. It feels like needles are poking my vagina, and that lasts for about two to three seconds and then goes away. It happens almost every day, but then on some days it goes away for a little while. I feel like I’m just overreacting, but honestly, I’m not sure. I’m only 11-years-old so I don’t know why this is happening. I don’t have weird discharge or anything else. I haven’t visited the doctor’s yet, but I’m planning on it. I just want to make sure I’m not going to the doctor just to find out I’m fine. What could it be?

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Vaginal pain in any sense isn’t normal, even if you’re younger and not experiencing any other symptoms. Your vagina does a lot of weird stuff that’s more common than you’d think, but feeling pain every single day isn’t one of them. Since I’m not a doctor and can’t tell you what’s wrong, I turned to a medical professional – my friend Dr. Sherry Ross for advice – she’s from the site HelloFlo (a monthly period package you need in your life ASAP). 

Dr. Ross said, “Pain in the vagina all the time is not a normal symptom. Common causes of vaginal pain in a young woman your age include a vaginal infection, lichen sclerosus (a skin condition), ulcers of the vagina, and labial adhesions. Even if you don’t have any vaginal discharge, you still may have a vaginal infection.”

She adds, “Less common causes of vaginal pain is a foreign body accidentally left in the vagina, such as a tampon, diaphragm, or small pieces of clothing or toilet paper that has find its way into the vagina. Other symptoms you may experience would include vaginal bleeding or foul-smelling vaginal discharge.” But it’s important to note that even if you aren’t experiencing those things, that could still be the case.

Dr. Ross continues, “Vulvodynia is another cause of pain of the vagina. Symptoms of vulvodynia include burning, stinging, itching, throbbing, swelling, and soreness – often described as agonizing and disruptive. These symptoms come on without warning and last long periods of time. Exercise, tampon insertion, the ability to wear jeans, sexual intercourse and various other everyday activities can become impossible with the onset of this condition.”

There are a lot of reasons you could be experiencing vaginal pain like this, and as you can see, they aren’t very ideal. Dr. Ross encourages seeing a doctor, saying, “Seeing your health care provider should definitely be the next step for a complete checkup to find the cause of your vaginal pain.” We can tell you what might be wrong, but we can’t diagnose you – and you need to be checked out! Make a gyno appointment so you can start treating yourself. No one deserves to be in pain like that every day. Good luck!

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