Aunt Vadge: why have I had a small vaginal cut for a year?

Hi Aunt Vadge,

I am 19 and I live in North Carolina. I have had a small cut on the bottom of my vagina for a year now. I have days where I don’t feel like it’s healed, and it breaks open and stings, making seating uncomfortable. Then, it goes away.

Should I be worried or get checked?

Yours,
Wounded

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Dear Wounded,

It is abnormal to have a cut that doesn’t heal on your vagina, so yes you should go and get it checked. It is hard to say what it might be – are you sexually active? Could it be an infection? Do you have other symptoms? Discharge? Pain? Health conditions? Are you eating enough protein? Zinc? B vitamins? Iron?

There are a thousand things to ask to try to figure out why you have a cut that won’t heal on your vagina at age 19.

Once you have been examined by a physician and tests done to eliminate infections, if they can’t find a solution for you or the solutions don’t work very well, then write back to us with more information and we’ll see if we can figure it out from there.

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

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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