Aunt Vadge: warts removed, pain remains

Warts off Pain stays

Hi Aunt Vadge,

I had some genital warts, so I had them operated on, so now am left with so much pain inside my vagina, and I can feel it when I make love. It scares me.

What can I do or apply to heal the pain? I also have scars outside the vagina.

Yours,
Scarred

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Dear Scarred,

Without more information on your problem it is very hard for me to give you any advice. What I can say is that if you are still in pain after surgical removal of genital warts, you should return to that clinic and get your doctor to do a post-operative check. It would also pay to stop having sexual intercourse until you know what is going wrong, because it shouldn’t be hurting.

You may be re-opening the wound with a penis or sex toy, causing it to remain inflamed, you might have some nerve damage, or some other problem may exist.

I don’t know where they removed the warts from exactly, so don’t apply anything just yet – go and get checked. The hospital or clinic will advise you how to care for your wounds, whether they are inside the vagina or on the vulva. Keep the area clean and dry, as far as you can.

Be gentle!

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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