Aunt Vadge: I slipped – will my clitoris be ok or should I go to the hospital?

Good day Aunt Vadge, 

A few days ago while I was cleaning the bathroom, I suddenly slipped and fell on one of racks. Unfortunately it hit my lower clitoris, just on the nearest side of my labia minora. It was so painful. I thought it was a simple bruise, but when I woke up I found blood on my undies.

I eventually examined it with a mirror and I found a scratch  on it. I cleaned it with povidone iodine and wrapped it with a gauze, but as it touches my skin and undies, it swells and I cant walk properly. It has blood too. What should I do? I’m getting depressed. I hope you can help me.

Thank you
Slipped

Dear Slipped,

You sound like you have it under control with the iodine. It might be best, however, if you don’t wear underwear, don’t touch your vagina at all, and be gentle when you clean it. If the cut is large and bleeding, it might pay to see a doctor, but cuts like that will generally bruise, bleed a bit, swell up as they heal, and then in a day or two, the swelling will reduce, and the healing will begin.

Minor cuts and tears can be encouraged to heal well with a vulva and vagina-friendly cuts cream.

It’s important to leave the wound alone as much as possible, including not irritating it with underwear, gauze, or clothing.

You are the best judge as to whether you are ok or not – if it seems like it is getting worse, see someone. Otherwise, you could possibly try some over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, or some fish oils or other natural anti-inflammatories (taken through the mouth with food). This will help to reduce the swelling a bit, and aid healing.

The most important thing is to keep it clean and calm.

Warmest regards,
Aunt Vadge

 

Jessica Lloyd - Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica Lloyd - Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica is a degree-qualified naturopath (BHSc) specialising in vulvovaginal health and disease, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jessica is the owner and lead naturopath of My Vagina, and is a member of the:

  • International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD)
  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
  • National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) Australia
  • New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
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