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Is it ok to use lots of soap inside your anus n vagina n around vulva when washing? i wash in that area twice over and get burning feeling in vagina

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Dr. Lyndon Taylor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 45 years experience
Use Mild soap: Try using a mild soap, like a facial soap, such as Oil of Olay, for delicate mucosal tissues. I would not recommend using lots of soap inside your anus or vagina.
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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 59 years experience
Not inside: Mucous membranes are not meant to be exposed to soap and thus it is usually not a good idea to use soap inside your vagina or anus. If there are unusual odors coming from these areas, then one will need to get checked for abnormal conditions such as infections. Just think how your eyes would feel when soap, even mild ones, got into them.
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What soap can I use to wash my vulva? And also is there anything to help with the scent of the vagina/vulva ?
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
No soap: The vulva is very sensitive. Usually just rinsing with water and gently drying is all you need to do. If you have an odor, see your gynecologist.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Your Question: Have thick white discharge in vagina and milky white in vulva area. No itching, odor, or burning. Could it be a yeast infection?
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
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A member asked:
What can I do about vaginal itching? I had sex 3 days ago. We used a condom but i was a little dry. Now my vulva, vagina and anus are itchy and sore he put his finger in my anus then my vagina. I don't know if it's from that or being a little dry
Dr. Joy Jackson
Family Medicine 21 years experience
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A female asked:
I have never experienced a yeast infection or thrush before, I am suffering from an extremely uncomfortable burning/itch across my vagina and vulva?
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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A 35-year-old female asked:
For 5 months my vagina has a burning painful sensation during intercourse. This is not vulva, it is internal. It is deeper in the vagina and occurs after minutes of beginning intercourse. I use lubrication and this does not help. What is this?
Dr. Oscar Cassity
Emergency Medicine 44 years experience
What you are describing is true dyspareunia. There are many causes and your best answer would be to consult a reputable gynecologist about this.
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Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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