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Vagina Burns Following Intercourse

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I have been on the birth control pill for almost two months now, and for the past couple weeks my boyfriend and I have been having sex without condoms. After we are done, the area outside my vagina burns! It usually lasts about 10-30 minutes and then it goes away on its own. What is this from, is it harmful, and how can it be alleviated?
Signed: Vagina Burns Following Intercourse

Dear Vagina Burns Following Intercourse,

 

There are several things that can cause this kind of burning sensation:

·         The burning may be related to too much friction during intercourse which is irritating the skin of your genital area. If it seems there is an insufficient amount of lubrication, purchase some lubrication to use during intercourse (remember to always used water-based lubricants when using a condom).

·         Some people do experience an allergic reaction to their partner’s semen. It is possible that this kind of allergic reaction could result in redness, itching or burning in the genital area.

·         Some people experience genital burning as the result of an STD. You stated that you are using birth control pills, which will offer you some protection against unwanted pregnancies. However, the pill does not offer any protection against the transmission of STDs.

TeenHealthFX recommends that you meet with your primary care physician, gynecologist, or adolescent medicine specialist to determine what exactly is causing this burning in your genital area. It may be something as simple as needing more lubrication, however, it also may be an STD that requires treatment.

FX generally recommends to our readers who make the choice to be sexually active that they use condoms in addition to a birth control method such as the pill. We recommend that when you meet with your doctor about this burning sensation, that you also discuss your use of the pill only for safer sex and whether or not this is sufficient for you and your partner.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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