נושא : painful intercourse, and slight bleeding
Hi Dr. Dray (I hope I seplt that correctly in English),
I am 30 years old, and have been going out with my partner for approximately 4 months. Prior to this relationship, I was not seeing anyone for several years, and hence had sex on very rare ocassions.
During the first month of our relationship, our sex was fine. However, after about a month I developed a candida infection, and that's when the problems started. The infection was treated and cured, however a few weeks later it reappeared. It was treated again, and appears to be cured (my gynaecologist performed two vaginal cultures, both of which were found to be fine), however I am still suffering from a very slight itch (my doctor said it may be an alergy to something, and I am now trying to change my soap, detergent, panty liners, etc.).
Furthermore, and this is the main problem, since the second infection I am suffering from pain during intercourse. At first the pain was so severe that intercourse was not possible at all. When I last saw my doctor, she disganosed a slight vastibulitis, and gave me cream to apply twice a day and an anasthetic gel to use before intercourse. This helped a little, but not much. I am currently able to have intercourse, however if it goes on for more than a few minutes, I start suffering from pain (both accute and a burning sensation), and on several occasions I have bled a little after the intercourse. The discomfort around my vagina and vastibula contine for a couple of days after the intercourse (during which I refrain from sex, of course).
I must note that my partner is incredibly gentle, understanding, loving and patient. Also, I am not suffering from dryness at all.
My questions are, what exactly is vastibulitis, and can it be cured? Do you think I should go back to my gynaecologist, or is a sexologist more appropriate (I saw you mention vastibulitis in a response to someone else, and referred her to a sexologist). Also, do sexologist perform any physical examinations, like gynaecologists do?
Any suggestions you have would be appreciated.
Apologies for writing such a long message in English - I find it easier to write in English than in Hebrew.