There’s nothing that stresses us ladies out quite as much as something going on down there. The slightest thing is off and we’re immediately stressing about being pregnant, having an STD, or having some weird issues that doctors haven’t identified yet. The concern is very real is the symptom your struggling with is soreness.
First of all, I want to tell you to relax. Unless you’ve been having sex without birth control and/protection, you’re probably not pregnant. Secondly, it’s highly unlikely that you’re the proud carrier of a medical anomaly that science has yet to discover. Usually when something is going on down there, it can normally be attributed to something logical like periods, PMS, or something you’re doing.
The important thing to do is to keep track of your symptoms. If you’re feeling sore and it lasts for longer than a week, or the pain gets worse, then you will want to schedule an appointment with your doctor. And you’ll also want to be mindful of any other symptoms.
Like I said before, there are a few different explanations for why your vag could be sore. And most of them are not scary. So, take a deep breath, relax, and click through the gallery to see seven reasons why your vagina could be sore.
You're About To Get Your PeriodWe can experience some pretty random PMS symptoms that go beyond the usual bloating, cramping, and mood swings. Some people experience burning, tingling, itching, and tenderness down there. It's helpful to keep a list of the symptoms you experience every month so you're aware of what normal PMS is for you and what isn't. Image source: Getty
You're Putting Random Things Up Your VaginaFirst of all, let's get one thing straight: You should not be putting random things in your vagina. Don't let the people of the internet try to tell you otherwise. The only things that should be going up it are clean fingers, peens, sex toys, and tampons. If you start putting any old thing up there, it can lead to pain and/or infections. Image source: Getty
You Had Rough SexDid you and bae really go at it last night? Well, that could be why you're feeling a little tender down below. Things can still feel sore south of the border even if you're not a virgin and you've been having regular sex. Think about how fast you were going at it and how many times you got it on. Also, think about how much lube you used. If you didn't use any, or you were being cheap, that could be part of the reason you're sore. Image source: Getty
You Have An InfectionIt is possible you might have an STI, but that's not the only possibility. You might have a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis. To find out for sure, you're going to need to go to your doctor. If something is wrong, they'll be able to clear it up with the right prescriptions. Don't play doctor and try to come up with your own solution, okay? You could actually make things worse. Image source: Getty
Your Clothes Are Tight AFSkinny jeans, tights, thongs, jeggings. They can all look great, but they're not exactly the best things for our privates. Why? Tight clothes in non-breathable fabrics aren't the best environment for a vagina. What's more, they could have seams which can rub against your lady parts. And too much rubbing could make it feel tender. Image source: Getty
You've Been Sitting FunnyDo your parents always tell you to sit up straight and fix your posture? The way you're bending like a pretzel could actually be the root of your vagina pain. You could actually be sitting in a position that puts unnecessary pressure on your vag. If you sit like that for a short time, you might not notice anything, but it might become apparent after a lengthy lounge session. So, do your spine and vagina a favor and maintain good posture. Image source: Getty
You Masturbated Too VigorouslyPeople can get a bit too carried away with masturbating, just like they can with sex. Also, if you're inserting anything up your vagina, like fingers or dildos, are you using lube? If not, that could explain the soreness. Remember, lube is your friend. Another thing you'll want to consider is the length of your fingernails. Long nails plus a sensitive vagina can equal pain. Image source: Getty
How do you deal with a sore vagina? Let us know in the comments!
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