Aunt Vadge: Are these paper cuts herpes?

Hi Aunt Vadge!! 

I’ve been with my BF for two years now and have only been with him. I recently experienced a yeast infection and treated it with over-the-counter medication Canesten. That has cleared up, and now I have a bunch of paper cut-type cuts on the vulvar, side and right under the vagina. Could these be herpes?

My love doesn’t appear to have anything going on down there. I don’t want to have sex because I’m scared of the bacteria and I feel like more of these cuts are appearing!! They are sooo itchy (hopefully from healing) and makes everything so uncomfortable.

Age: 21

Country/Area: Canada

Dear Uncomfortable,

It sounds like your yeast infection has actually not gone away. Itching and paper cuts are very typical of yeast infections. Instead of using over-the-counter yeast remedies, there is plenty you can do at home for free. I suggest you read through all of our advice on yeasts, and see if you can make a dent in it using food and probiotics that fight yeasts. It’s better to solve these problems from their root cause upwards, which in the case of yeast infections, is your intestines.

It might seem strange that your intestines affect your vagina, but they share many things, including bacteria, yeasts, and so on. These two systems are not as separate as you might think.

I don’t think you have herpes. Herpes outbreaks don’t tend to look like paper cuts, and to catch them, your love would know he had them too (usually). It’s hard to miss herpes. It’s usually really painful, especially the first time, and the sores a more like blisters. It’s not impossible, but seems improbable. I’d be focussing on the more obvious yeast infection that you know you have. They don’t always clear up quickly with one round, especially if you have a resistant form of yeast or your belly is yeasty.

Write anytime!

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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