Aunt Vadge: I tore my clitoral hood by mistake

Dear Aunt Vadge,

I am 13 and in 8th grade. Today I was taking a shower and when I got out I realized I didn’t clean discharge off my vagina, so I got my finger and took it out, some was in the middle of my clitoris so I got the corner of my nail and tried to get it out, but as I was doing that I was kinda stretching out my vagina and all of a sudden I feel this sharp pain. I looked down and the right side of my clitoris hood was bleeding a little.

Later that day, I was watching a movie and it started feeling a little better, so I went into my bathroom to look at it in the mirror, once I opened my legs to look at it I felt the same sharp pain, I looked at it and it got bigger. It was a little less than a centimeter, and it hurts alot.

Should I be worried? Should I tell my mom or step mom?? What do I do?

Sincerely, Hurt Clitoris

Dear Hurt Clitoris,

You have created a cut or tear (also known as fissures) on your clitoris. If you do not have any loose flesh, and the cut isn’t bleeding, you’ll be fine – just put a little paw paw, coconut oil or Aunt Vadge’s Cuts Cream on the cut, so it heals quickly.

A vaginal tear usually heal quite quickly, so you don’t need to worry. Look at our vaginal fissures page for more information on how to heal your vagina faster.

If you’re worried, then you should talk to one of your mums. The main thing is to make sure your vaginal tear doesn’t get infected, and that you have not really hurt yourself. If the vaginal tear starts to feel hot, bleeds, or in any way seems like it’s not healing, then get help.

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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