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Clitoris pain, no burning, not red or swollen. What could be the cause?

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I woke up this morning to extreme pain in my clitoris. It was so bad that it was painful to get out of bed. I did not touch that area recently at all other than to wash it. It was just all very sudden. I remember having had this pain before when I was much younger though. What could be the cause? There is no burning, just sharp pain especially when I move or anything touches it slightly (ie. underwear). Even when I am not moving though, there is some throbbing of sharp pain. I looked at it and I was afraid to touch but my hood was covering it and it looked normal (not red or swollen).
Posted Sat, 21 Jul 2012 in Vaginal and Uterus Health
Answered by Dr. Pavan Kumar Gupta 55 minutes later
Hello and thanks for the query.
Before proceeding ahead I would want to have some informations from you so that i am in a better position to answer you query.
Since when you are having this problem?
Do you have burning during urination?
Is there any history of diabetes?
Is there any history of sexual abuse?
Is there any history of sexually transmitted disease?
Is there any history of any surgical procedure in that area?
Is there any history of repeated yeast infections?

Please supply these informations so that we can proceed ahead with our discussion.
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Follow-up: Clitoris pain, no burning, not red or swollen. What could be the cause? 3 hours later
1. I just had experienced pain today, this morning. I had no pain whatsoever before. As to how long I've experienced this type of event, I've had events just like this one since around the start of middle school. I'm now 23 years old, and I've graduated college. ( Please dismiss my profile that says I'm 21. That was a typo. I will fix that information.) This does not occur often. I've experienced this about 3-4 times in my lifetime. The pain always went away within 1-2 or 3 days. My pain has already lessened today after gentle washing in water ( I couldn't pull up the hood though because it hurt too much) and bedrest.
2. I have no burning with urination. No itchiness, no pain whatsoever.
3. I do not have or have ever had diabetes. The only person in my family line with diabetes is my aunt on my father's side.
4. I have been sexually abused (molested) once about 3.5 years ago. It happened in my 3 year long relationship with a man who was very sexually coercive. That relationship ended 1 year ago. I am not being abused currently nor have I been abused at all otherwise. I do suffer with sexual problems now however. I lack sex drive and I experience anxiety when sexual topics are discussed or thought.
5. I have no history of sexually transmitted disease. I am also currently not sexually active.
6. I have no history of surgical procedure in that area.
7. I have had yeast infections ( about 3 times) in my life. They were always treated early on, and lasted at most a week. I've never had infections that traveled to the clitoris.
Answered by Dr. Pavan Kumar Gupta 7 hours later
Your feedback means that you may be having this clitioris pain either due to collection of sebum calked as smegma which if not washed away with frequent bathing can produce incredible pain at the merest movement. Tight jeans or pressure from sexual stimulation can be excruciating. Accumulations of smegma can also cause the skin of the hood to adhere (stick) to the shaft and glans (similar to what can happen with a man who has foreskin). These clitoral adhesions can cause pain and irritation as well.
Other reason could be due to detergent and soap use resulting in chemical irritation in clitoris.

Usually, frequent bathing and good hygiene can prevent or resolve this problem, but some women may have narrow openings to their clitoral hood that make it harder to wash away built-up secretions. If you have recurrent episodes of clitoral pain, you may want to try soaking in a steamy tub and gently moving the skin around the clitoris back and away from the glans — don't tug or forcibly retract the hood since this can cause further pain and irritation. These gentle "stretches" can, over time, widen the opening of the hood, allowing more freedom of movement for both pleasure and washing.
You also start sewing cotton under wears and avoid soap.
If your pain doesn't go away with these simple measures then you may have to get a physical examination from a gynecologist.
I hope it helps.
You may write to me if there is anything you want to ask more.

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