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    Whenever I'm on my period my vagina/vulva is really sore, swollen and irritated/raw. I can sometimes get sores too. I do also sometimes get itchy but I never really thought anything of it.

    I've always suffered with my periods (symptoms of dysmenorrhea) but I didn't think this would have anything to do with it? My discharge looks normal but it can sometimes have an odd smell. I've never had sex so it's unlikely to be an STI. Could it just be a yeast infection? Any ideas?
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    I would recommend seeing your GP to make sure it's not an infection, but I personally believe your situation is linked to pH changes during menstration. It's pretty common. Periods can also increase the likelihood of having a yeast infection, again due to pH changes, but obviously this is something you will need to see your GP about.
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    maybe you have an intolerance to tampons or sanitary towels. if you are overly clean "down there" during your period you are affecting your ph balance, so this means when you are using tampons or towels you are irritating your lady bits. maybe try a wash that is ph neutral such as mild baby wash and switching to boots naturals tampons and towels, they're organic cotton and a bit cheaper than branded ones.

    hope this has been helpful!! xx
 
 
 
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