Background info: 23, non-virgin, only had one sexual partner, no pregnancies. MoonCup(UK) user for I guess a little over a year? Maybe two? Occasionally use reusable pads, had to use regular disposables this past period because my bag with "all that girl blood stuff" apparently got shoved somewhere completely illogical during a recent move and am still looking for it. :(
Now during my exam today the doctor mentioned that my cervix looks frayed, and the duck-bills had some blood on them. He wanted to know if I had had this issue before. I reminded him that last year the same thing had happened and that he had wanted to see if the pap came back irregular (which it didn't) and from there it kinda go brushed to the side. I have had some issues with bleeding after sex but I told the doc it hadn't happened recently and next thing you know we were moving on to some other topic.
Thinking about it, I feel like another doctor has noticed the frayed look in the past but it was just before my period was about to start and she passed if off as that being the reason. This was *before* I started using a cup and I've had the bleeding from sex before cup-usage as well.
I feel silly for not asking about it while at the doc's, but does anyone think the cup usage could be making it worse? I doubt that it was the *cause* given the info above. And how exactly does one "fray" one's cervix? Could it wind up being an issue later in life?
x-Posted to vaginapagina.
UPDATE (October 15th):
Went to the OBGYN. He took a look and saw what the previous doctor had talked about. He assured me that while it was friable it wasn't that bad and probably brought on by some inflammation likely caused by a bacterial imbalance/very mild infection. He didn't think it was caused by an STI either. He prescribed me a cream to aid in healing/anti-biotic and we scheduled a follow up appointment in 6 months.
All and all though, very good experience, and I got to discuss other issues regarding family history/feminine health and didn't feel rushed or as nervous as I sometimes do with my regular doctor. He reminded me a lot of the pediatrician I had growing up so it was easy to get comfortable with him, and during the exam he was describing what he was seeing and what that meant as he performed the exam. Strangely that seems to relax me more than trying to distract me with small talk. No amount of distraction is going to make me forget that someone's poking around my vagina. :P
I'll be giving my cup a *through* boiling to make sure any bacteria aren't re-introduced. And will be eating a good bit of yogurt this week to hopefully prevent the cream from killing all the good bacteria too. I'm thinking that I should look into different lubes to prevent irritating my cervix in the future too.
So yea, I'm feeling much better (although not looking forward to smearing goo all over myself tonight XP). If it turns out that the cream doesn't help or if the follow-up appointment turns up something weird, I'll update this post. Otherwise, I suppose consider this question answered!