This post is going to be about vaginas and labias. Generally mine, so just the one vagina. If you have no desire to read my complaints about said vagina or her health, or public waiting lists for gynecologists, then consider this your fair warning. I’m going to be a little detailed, but purely in a clinical manner. Feel free to go here instead. Immediately following there is a cute animal buffer, below that, you were warned.
For a while now my vagina and I seem to having problems with getting along. I’d had enough of it, so decided to see a nurse.
I explained to the nurse that I was sore, all the time, occasionally itchy, occasionally crampy along the vaginal wall spontaneously (these cramps are nothing like period cramps, which I haven’t had since October 2010 when I started taking Noriday), my labia minora had shrunk to half its previous size (I used to be a outty, now I’m an inny), and the smell had… changed, it wasn’t bad, it was just different. And there was also that I haven’t been able to have sex comfortably in about a year. Lubrication is generally fine, but most of the time it hurts like a mofo. She had a look, took samples to be tested, and said everything looked normal, but suggested I also see the doctor.
One of the problems with labias and vaginas is that because there’s such a variety from person to person, there’s a huge range for what is considered normal. Unless you happen to see the same person more regularly than once every three years for a pap smear, but not so often that they can’t notice slow changes over a period of time, then things are generally going to look normal. (Does that make sense? I think it makes sense.)
I get to the doctor, explain all of the above again. She takes a look as well, thinks I may have some thrush, but it generally looks fine. Tells me to get some blood tests to check my hormone levels, and to wait for all the results to come back.
While the nurse actually treated my concern about my labia minora seriously, I did feel that the doctor just kind of brushed it aside, like it wasn’t something to be worried about, that I must have been mistaken in my recollection what my own vagina/labia minora used to be like.
So I wait for the test results to come back. A couple of days later I get a message saying results all came back negative, there’s no infection of any kind, and my hormone levels are all normal.
I asked the doctor to please, send a referral to the hospital so I can see a gynecologist. I told her that I know something isn’t right, even if the test results don’t agree. She said that she would, though it felt like she was doing it begrudgingly.
And now I wait. I’ve been placed on the routine waiting list, and should receive an appointment within the next six months. And while I wait, I continue to feel that I’m somewhat failing at being a wife because I can’t have sex. Even if J tells me otherwise, it sucks. I don’t know what else I can do about it, if there is anything I can do, and it makes me kind of sad.
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