September 2012 Moms

Raw and sore (TMI, but I need your help!)

I am apologizing in advance for the TMI in this post.  I have been wearing panty liners nearly every day for quite some time now.  They have completely rubbed me raw down there.  I made the mistake of viewing it through a hand mirror and cringed in horror.  I am going to Target today, and I was wondering what I should get to help with the discomfort and healing? It pains me to even walk, and I've kept the panty liners off today but I am going to need to put them back on again at some point.  TIA for any and all suggestions.
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  • I'll be stalking this post bc I've had a similar experience. Way beyond uncomfortable.
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    I'll be stalking this post bc I've had a similar experience. Way beyond uncomfortable.

    While I hate to hear that you are experiencing the same discomfort, it is comforting for me to read that I am not the only one with a sore and ugly vagina right now.

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  • Oh no!  My doctor suggested just changing underwear a few times a day vs panty liners.  Wear cotton underwear - nothing synthetic - because it does the best to keep moisture away. 

    I don't see why the Tucks spray wouldn't work right now though - I know after birth I want it in an industrial size!  haha.  

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  • Have you thought about getting Poise pads instead?  I know those are built more like traditional pads with wings, so they lay a little flatter.

    Also, to sooth the ouch factor, can you use some triple antibiotic? 

    Good luck!!


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  • Have you tried Gold bond powder? I use it for chaffing....

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    Oh no!  My doctor suggested just changing underwear a few times a day vs panty liners.  Wear cotton underwear - nothing synthetic - because it does the best to keep moisture away. 

    I don't see why the Tucks spray wouldn't work right now though - I know after birth I want it in an industrial size!  haha.  

    Oh wow.  Well, I've been meaning to buy new underwear since the ones I have are either too tight or just uncomfortable these days.  So, I will definitely buy some new underwear today.  Now I need to know if there is a cream or powder I can put on to help in healing!

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  • I am dealing with the same thing.... I changed panty liners to the Always stay dry ones hoping that would help.... it didn't.  I just try to "free ball" when around the house.  I have also gotten to the point where after every shower I just lay on the bed spread eagle and make sure I am extra dry down there. 
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    Have you tried Gold bond powder? I use it for chaffing....

    I haven't, but I am not opposed to giving it a try.  Will add it to my shopping list now!

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  • Vagisil has a bunch of products.  They have a feminine moisturizer.  Maybe you can put a little where you are raw and sore.  I don't think I would use the powder, because it would think it would dry you up more.
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    Vagisil has a bunch of products.  They have a feminine moisturizer.  Maybe you can put a little where you are raw and sore.  I don't think I would use the powder, because it would think it would dry you up more.

    Yeah, I was thinking of around the inside of the legs mostly.

  • Same here...BUT call your doctor's office because my doctor said I could not use ANYTHING down there as far as a powder or lotion to help with the chaffing. So be careful and give your doctor a call before you use anything.
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  • have you tried different brands? some pads do this to me as well, but not all of them. 

    I agree, "free ball" as much as possible when home.  cotton undies are best, not too tight to restrict the area.

    be careful of a yeast infection with all that moisture though! 

                           
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  • I haven't had this experience while I was pregnant but when I had periods I wore pads and they always rubbed me raw. Come to find out I was allergic to the new pads I had bought and had to switch to a different kind and that did the trick.

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  • I agree with the laying on the bed spread eagled with a fan blowing to help dry and I use organic virgin coconut oil and it will clear up just about anything (including psoriasis-my daughter's boyfriend has serious psoriasis issues that have never been under control no matter what doctor tried which medication until he tried ovco he lives in the shiit nowadays, seriously) in about a day.
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    Oh no!  My doctor suggested just changing underwear a few times a day vs panty liners.  Wear cotton underwear - nothing synthetic - because it does the best to keep moisture away. 

    I don't see why the Tucks spray wouldn't work right now though - I know after birth I want it in an industrial size!  haha.  

    This! I don't wear them  

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  • Diaper cream?  We use something called peri-guard on DD.  We get it from her pedi, but it's actually meant for old people with incontinence problems that are always wet.  I'm not sure if you can buy that OTC though (we don't get it at the pharmacy, but they sell it at the front desk of our pedi's office for $5). 

    I found the Kotex ultra thin liners marketed toward pre-teens (yey florescent wrappers lol) work well.  They are very thin and flat and don't have edges that rub on anything like other liners I tried.

     

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  • I haven't dealt with pantiners in pregnancy, but the edges of my underwear sometimes rub me really raw along panty lines. I've found that going commando or DH's boxers with nothing underneath (just around the house), plus using regular Vaseline, seems to help. 


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  • I had a similar situation. I used A&D Ointment until it healed. I also switched to looser cotton underwear. The Hanes Comfort soft are great because they don?t have tight elastic that can cut in. Good Luck  
  • I went to Target and bought Hanes boyshorts in cotton and went a size up.  They're a little loose but it keeps the pantiliners from rubbing me down there.  So far, it's working like a charm!
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  • I had this issue when the temperature was really high and the doctor gave me samples of Alcortin A Gel.  It did wonders and I felt better even after the first application.

  • I have had the same problem and stopped using them. I used A&D ointment and it cleared right up.
  • I had the same thing happen to me. I just stopped using the panty liners and got underwear that were a larger size. No problems anymore!
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  • A&D ointment is amazing. I use it for everything from sore vag relief to chap stick.
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  • I've decided that coconut oil cures everything...
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  • Thank you, ladies! I appreciate all of the suggestions. I am "free balling" it around the house and that has provided some relief. Will definitely ask my doctor at the next appointment what creams are good to use!
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  • I wear & change panty liners all throughout the day & have not had this issue. I however have the issue of getting frequent UTI's. The no undies thing really works! It's relieving! I would give that a try, and the tucks pads recommended after delivery are also good as they have a pain relieving effect to them! Hope you feel better! 
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