Why is My Vagina Swollen?

Why is My Vagina Swollen?

It is not uncommon to experience vaginal swelling, redness, or irritation. There are several potential causes for this, and we will discuss some of the most common reasons in this article.

Swollen vagina symptoms

A swollen vagina is not a medical emergency, but it is a common symptom that can be caused by a variety of conditions such as an allergic reaction or yeast infection. The condition known as vaginitis, or vaginal inflammation, can occur due to bacterial or viral infections, an overgrowth of yeast or an imbalance in the vaginal bacteria. Vaginal swelling can also occur from rough sexual activity or persistent irritation. If you have these symptoms for more than a few days or they worsen, it is important to consult with a doctor.

Causes of a swollen vagina

A swollen vagina can be caused by a number of conditions, including yeast infections, Bartholin's cyst, allergic reactions, rough intercourse, and trichomoniasis. A yeast infection, also known as candidiasis, is a common cause of vaginal swelling, itching, redness, irritation, burning sensation, painful urination, pain during sex and thick, clumpy, cottage cheese-like discharge. Yeast infections can often be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medication.

A Bartholin's cyst, which is a rare condition, can also cause a swollen vaginal opening. It is usually accompanied by symptoms of redness, pain, and heat if it gets infected and forms an abscess. Allergic reactions can also cause noninfectious vaginitis and swelling in the vagina. Chemicals found in certain products such as detergents, douches, soaps, lubricants, clothing, feminine washes, sex creams or gels, condoms, tampons, pads, and scented perfumes or soaps can cause an allergic reaction.

Rough intercourse can also cause swelling and irritation in the vaginal area, and trauma from sexual assault can also lead to burning, pain, and swelling. Trichomoniasis, a parasitic infection that is spread through sexual contact, can also cause a swollen vagina as well as other symptoms. It is important to consult a doctor if you have these symptoms for more than a few days or they worsen.

Genital herpes is a viral infection that can cause swelling, along with tiny clusters of painful blisters that eventually burst and leave behind open red sores that take a week or longer to heal. Not everyone who has herpes gets blisters and many have no symptoms at all. Other symptoms of herpes include fever and body aches and pains. While there is no cure for genital herpes, prescription antiviral medications can shorten the length and frequency of breakouts and reduce the risk of spreading the infection to a partner.

Pregnancy can also lead to swelling in the vulva and other parts of the body. The growing uterus puts pressure on pelvic veins and lymphatic vessels, which results in poorer blood flow from the pelvic region and legs and causes the vagina to swell. To combat swelling during pregnancy, it is recommended to take frequent rests, elevate the lower body with pillows or cushions, and gently massage the area. Additionally, wearing compression stockings or socks during the day can help with swelling in the legs and vaginal area.

When should I see a doctor

A visit to the doctor may not always be necessary for a swollen vagina, but if there are additional symptoms present, it would be important to seek medical attention. It is important to determine the cause of the vaginal swelling, if it is known, such as an allergic reaction from a specific product, a doctor visit may not be necessary. However, if the swelling is a result of pregnancy, a visit to the doctor may not be required.