July 2, 2010

Warm Weather Blues

I'm enjoying the 4th of July weekend at the beach, but summer weather presents a lot of problems for someone living with vulvodynia and pudendal neuralgia.  There are even more accommodations to make to stay comfortable. 

I typically can't wear panties.  The pressure of even flimsy cotton panties again my clit causes a great deal of irritation.  If I have to wear panties, I can only wear them for a limited period of time.  In the summer, the desire to wear panties increases a great deal because of sweating.  I know, totally gross, but I want to be honest here.  Naturally if it's hot and humid, areas of your body that overlap are going to perspire.  This makes panties really appealing. 

On a really hot day I'll wear panties and powder my thighs.  I usually can't go a few hours without having to take them off.  Other days if my love button is especially cranky, I'll just powder my thighs and hope for the best.  I keep a pair of panties in a sunglasses case in my purse just in case I can't stand it. 

The other day my bean was raw and angry.  I went to the freezer for some ice and discovered a small blue ice pack that was just the right size.  It felt good to have the extreme cold on my angry folds.
  Take all these issues and put them on the beach and what do you get?  A problem.  If you want to wear a bathing suite, you're just asking for trouble.  I just spent the afternoon on the beach and my kitty is not happy with me.  I try to create a little space between the bathing suite fabric and my lady bits.  It helps a little bit.  

Despite the discomfort, I'd rather have a weekend on the beach with an angry kitty. 


the girl with pain "down there" said...

Quinn, your writing style is hilarious. You always make me laugh. Summer does make things more uncomfortable for the lady parts. For me it's definitely the sweating that is the worst. But what can you do? Like you said, you'd rather have fun on the beach and pay a price that sit inside all day. It's hard being a girl.


Lora said...

you know those little white table things that you sometimes get in the center of your pizza? to hold the top of the box off the middle of your pie?

I want someone to invent a little table for underwear like that.

jenji said...

You know what I find works really, really well as a cold compress? A can of soda. Fits the curves of the body and gets to the point. Ice packs are bulky and difficult to keep in place.

Great blog site.