Aunt Vadge: will my vulvar tear get infected?

Dear Aunt Vadge, 

My partner fingered me and while he was doing it his finger slipped and accidentally peeled the skin of my vagina. It was bleeding heavily right after that, but after an hour or so it eventually stopped. It burns while I pee and wash it.

I am worried about it now that if the peeled skin will have pus in it or something, and how much time will it take to heal. 

Bleeding Flower
Age: 20
Country/Area: India

Dear Bleeding flower,

If you keep your vagina clean and dry, there is no need to worry that it will become infected. Depending on how deep the wound is, you can expect it to heal pretty fast – within a week for sure, maybe even days.

Follow these instructions for general vulvar and vaginal tear care.

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)
Read more about Jessica and My Vagina's origin story.