Swollen Vagina after Sex: 5 Causes, and What You Should Do About It

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Sex can sometimes bring some unpleasant surprises. Sure, it’s enjoyable in the moment, but in the aftermath, you may experience some uncomfortable side effects. Soreness and redness is common, especially if you and your partner were a bit rough, but sometimes, you may experience swelling.

If you have a swollen vagina after sex, you may be worried that something is wrong. Depending on the severity of the swelling, it may be nothing at all, or it may be something more serious.

Here are five common causes for a swollen vagina, and tips on what you can do about it.

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5 Causes for a Swollen Vagina after Intercourse

1. Rough Sex

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One of the most common causes for swelling in the vaginal area is friction. Rough intercourse can cause irritation that leads to swelling. In the heat of the moment, you may not even realize that you’re being a bit too rough. You may also experience swelling if you weren’t lubricated enough during sex.

This type of swelling should disappear within a few hours – maybe a day. If the swelling persists, it’s likely something else that is causing the inflammation. See your doctor as soon as possible to rule out infection or another medical issue.

2. Arousal

For some women, it’s perfectly normal to have swelling in the vaginal area when they’re aroused. When you’re in the mood, the vaginal area naturally gets wet and swells. Sometimes, that swelling can last after sex, and if you were a bit rough (see the above cause), the combination of the two can make the swelling a bit more intense.

Like the previous cause, inflammation from arousal should only last a few hours or days at most. If swelling persists and you experience other symptoms, like pain or itching, see your doctor right away.

3.  Vaginal Infection or STD

If rough sex and arousal are not the cause of your swelling, a vaginal infection may to blame. Vaginitis or a yeast infection can cause swelling, although discharge (vaginitis) and itching (yeast infection) are more common symptoms.

A sexually transmitted disease may also be to blame. See your doctor if your swelling is severe or persists to rule out a vaginal infection or an STD.

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4. Bartholin’s Cyst

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On each side of the vagina there are glands, known as Bartholin’s glands. These are the glands that secrete fluid to lubricate the vagina.

When the openings of these glands are obstructed, fluids can back up into the gland, causing swelling or a cyst.

Complications can arise if the fluid inside of the cyst becomes infected, which creates an abscess. The good news is that Bartholin’s cysts are common, and they’re easy to treat. If the cyst is small, it can usually be treated at home. Large and painful cysts may need surgical draining.

In either case, a trip to the doctor is necessary.

5. Allergies

If you have swollen vagina lips after sex, allergies may be the cause. Some women are allergic to semen, which can cause swelling. While it sounds strange, it does happen – and it can be distressing.

If the swelling happens every time you have sex, it may be an allergy to semen, also known as human seminal plasma protein hypersensitivity. This type of allergy can cause mild swelling and itching, but some women have severe reactions that require a hospital visit.

The swelling may also be caused by allergies to other products, including lubricants and condoms. Sometimes the allergy may be to the spermicide used on the condom.

Think about any products you used during sex – massage oils, creams, warming oils, lubricants, condoms, etc. It may be an allergic reaction to one of these products.

How to Treat a Swollen Vagina

A swollen vagina can be treated at home in many cases, but if you suspect that a severe allergic reaction or infection is the cause, see your doctor right away.

Here are some things you can do to bring down the swelling and minimize the discomfort you’re feeling.

1. Use a Cold Compress

A cold compress can help ease the swelling. Wrap ice cubes or a cold pack in a soft, clean towel and place it on the swollen area. The cooling sensation can bring you immediate relief.

Repeat the cold compress therapy a few times a day until the swelling goes down. If there’s still swelling after a few days, see your doctor.

2. Avoid Irritants

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Remember, allergies can cause swelling, so avoid irritants until it goes down. Irritants can include scented soaps, bubble bath, deodorants and douching products. It’s best to avoid douching in the first place because it can disrupt your vagina’s pH balance and lead to infections.

Refrain from using any products that may cause further irritation in the vaginal area. And while you’re at it, wear comfortable panties – ones made of cotton. Friction from tight underwear and certain fabrics can make the swelling worse.

3. Don’t Scratch

If you have itching along with the swelling, don’t scratch. Scratching can make the problem worse because if you have an infection, itching may cause the infection to spread.

Itching is a sign of infection, so see your doctor if your vagina is swollen and itching.

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4. Make Sure You’re Lubricated

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If you’re not lubricated enough, sex can cause swelling and irritation. Make sure that you’re wet and excited enough for sex before you get started. Not only will this help prevent irritation and swelling, but it will make sex more pleasurable.

Try extending foreplay and being a little gentler during sex. Remember, women need a little more time to get aroused than a man, so take that time to make sex more pleasurable for you and your partner.

If you’re having trouble getting aroused, try a lubricant. Just be sure to test out different products slowly to rule out allergies.

Having a swollen vagina after sex can be alarming, but in many cases, it’s nothing to be overly concerned about. Friction from “rough” sex and lack of lubrication are usually the most common causes. If you’re experiencing itching or pain and the swelling is severe or persists for days, see your doctor immediately to diagnose the underlying problem.

32 COMMENTS

  1. A friend says to me each time she is aroused or in the mood she feels a slite pain inside the vergina please what could be the cause?

  2. sore and bruised vagina .its the 3rd day now.i am starting to be worried.i have no discharge but it is very sore when I wipe .Please advise I had a very rough sex and deeper penentration.

  3. my friend had rough sex with a protection a day ago, but her vagina got pain and its swollen, no itching, is it still normal?

  4. I took Levon 2 tablet on Sunday night and in the morning my vagina was swollen.pls am I allergic or something is wrong

  5. I got some pimples on my vulva and too much discharge after a had rough sex 6 weaks so what could be the problem n what Is the solution?

  6. So i have a new partner and he is bigger than what I’m use to and he thrust into me a lot harder. I end up sore only for a day when lube is invalid. When its raw it hurts for like 3 days. Sometines it itchies. Is it just friction or a yeast infection?

  7. my vagina got swollen after having sex and anytime i have sex it will get swollen and calm down letter but this time around i had sex and since den the swollen refuses to go down rather it keep increasin and it comes wit alot of pain i cant bear d pain anymore i cant even sit if i try sitin down it will get worse please tel me wat to do

  8. I’ve been sore now two days. It was going away however I let the big thick long penis back in now it’s worse. I already know why he’s just too big and though I know I still want it how do I ease it fast like in hours? I’m hooked….

  9. So last night me and my boyfriend had protected sex then a few minutes later he was like wann go again? So I said sure. So we started by going down on each and eating each other out. When I did him I was perfectly fine. But after he was done with me. He has swollen bumps on his upper lip. Just on the ridge. I thought it would go ahead after a few hours but it still swollen.

  10. I have not enjoyed sex since I had my daughter and she just turned one year it is painful and uncomfortable. We rarely have sex any more because it feels swollen and irritated and I don’t feel wet and if liquid does come out it starts burning I don’t have any infections and I’m allergic to condoms and lube cants also the semen makes it feel worse too

  11. I had hardcore sex with a 10 inch banger. Now it burns when I pee and green foam is coming out of my pussy. Thanks for the help, have a nice day. And remember bush did 911 and Obama turned the frogs gay. Don’t drink the water.

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  12. My fanny flaps are swollen will they go back to normal? I know I got a infection but iv itched it really bad I know I shouldn’t have but couldn’t help it so I think I’ve cut it, but when I say swollen I mean my flaps are two massive lumps coming out my fanny and I’m really scared it won’t go back to normal after the swelling gone down

    • They will surely go back to normal but you really need to stop scratching it might get you more infected plus that I think you need to see a doctor before something else happens also to be more hygienic with toilet

  13. So me An my boyfriend had really rough sex, and then I had a shower than a few hours later my vagina was really sore, swollen, and itchy, thing is there I no discharge. What could it be

  14. I had sex for a longer time than usual last night, and my labia minora is REAL swollen. It’s been 12 hours and ya still swollen. I also noticed the discharge during sex was more thick that it usually is. Doesn’t hurt but I’m concerned; this has never happened! Is this normal? What do I do?

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