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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Why does my vagina swell up and itch sometimes?

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Why does my vagina swell up and itch sometimes?

Many possibilities: The most likely reason would be a yeast infection. However, it could also be an allergic reaction from exposure to soap, doedorant (found in some tampons/pads), laundry detergents, spermicides, etc. Other possibilities would include std's such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, or hpv. Finally, there are dermatologic conditions like lichen sclerosus et atrophicus, padgets disease, and others. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Timothy Raichle
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Why does my vagina swell up?

Dr. Timothy Raichle
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Why does my vagina swell up?

Infection: This could be related to infection, trauma, or perhapse "prolapse" or relaxation of the pelvic floor. This can easily be determined with an exam - go get checked out! ...Read more

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Dr. Jie Xu
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Why does my vagina swell up and hurts after sex? I'm 27 weeks pregnant

Dr. Jie Xu
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Why does my vagina swell up and hurts after sex? I'm 27 weeks pregnant

Often normal.: See your doctor to make sure there is no infection. It is often a normal finding, similar to swelling of feet during pregnancy. That area becomes very sensitive, which leads to painful sex, pelvic exams, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Why does my vagina swell after sex?

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Why does my vagina swell after sex?

Varies: The normal response to arousal and orgasm can result in increased fluid in the tissues of the vagina which would make the vagina seem swollen. The trauma of sex may also add to the swelling. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Hines
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Can something cause the wall of your vagina to swell?

Dr. Gregory Hines
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Can something cause the wall of your vagina to swell?

Yes: Many things can.

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Dr. Karen Jones
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Can the inside of your vagina swell?

Dr. Karen Jones
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Can the inside of your vagina swell?

Yes: The inside of the vagina can swell. The most common cause is a vaginal infection such as yeast or bacterial vaginosis. An infection makes the vaginal tissue inflamed which causes swelling. An allergic reaction to something a woman is placing in her vagina can also cause swelling. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Even if I have gentle sex the lower portion of my vagina right at opening hurts and tends to swell, what can I do to stop it.

Dr. Marsha Davis
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Even if I have gentle sex the lower portion of my vagina right at opening hurts and tends to swell, what can I do to stop it.

Get Occupational: Therapy at a continence and wellness clinic. They deal with women who have painful sex and can be of a real service. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
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Why after my boyfriend eats me out my vagina swell up?

Dr. Edward Neilsen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Why after my boyfriend eats me out my vagina swell up?

Increased blood flow: Usually nothing to worry about, just increased blood flow to the area.... ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What causes a vagina to swell during sex?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What causes a vagina to swell during sex?

Vaginal swelling: Possible reasons for swelling of the vagina / labia include allergic reaction/irritation due to latex condoms, lubricants, vaginal contraceptives, spermicides, semen; contact dermatitis, infection ; aggressive sex. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What causes the vagina to swell after sex?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What causes the vagina to swell after sex?

This might be: Associated with inadequate lubrication, friction or even trauma if penetration is aggressive. Do you have a yeast infection? ...Read more

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