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Your Genital Numbness May Also be Known as:
Can't feel genitals
Can't feel vagina
Can't feel vulva
Genital tingling
Loss of sensation on genitals
Loss of sensation on vagina
Loss of sensation on vulva
Pins and needles in genitals
Pins and needles in vagina

Top 9 Genital Numbness Causes

  1. 1.Yeast Infection

    Yeast infections are caused by a fungus called "Candida." Candida is the scientific name for yeast that lives almost everywhere, including in the human body. Typically, our immune system keeps it under control, but if you take antibiotics or gets sick, the fungus can multiply and cause an infection. In this case, it is happening in the vagina.

    You can treat this with over-the-counter medications. However, if an over-the-counter does not work, it could be a different type of vaginal infection and evaluation in a clinic is needed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, thick vaginal discharge, white/gray vaginal discharge, vaginal pain, vulvovaginal redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Trichomonas Vaginal Infection

    Trichomonas vaginalis infection (or "Trichomoniasis" or "trich") is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by a parasite of the same name. It affects over 3 million people per year, but only about 30% have any symptoms.

    You should go see your primary care doctor in the coming days. He or she may order a number of tests to identify if the bug is actually the cause of your symptoms. Treatment involves prescription metronidazole or tinidazole.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vulvovaginal odor, vaginal itch or burning, vaginal bleeding, white/gray vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that always occur with trichomonas vaginal infection:
    vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that never occur with trichomonas vaginal infection:
    vaginal ulcer
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Skin Infection (Cellulitis)

    Cellulitis is a common and possibly dangerous skin infection if left untreated. It is typically caused by bacteria living on the skin getting into the skin itself.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours to examine the infection and possibly provide antibiotics.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    moderate fever, painful rash, feeling confused and not making sense while talking, red rash, abnormally high heartrate
    Symptoms that always occur with skin infection (cellulitis):
    red rash, painful rash
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Lichen Sclerosus

    Lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown cause. It's most commonly on the genital region and occurring in women who are post menopausal.

    You should go to the doctor in the next few weeks. There, a physical exam and a biopsy can confirm the diagnosis. Treatment involves topical steroids.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vaginal pain, painful sex, painful urination, dry skin on the outside of the vagina
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Uterine Fibroids

    Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the uterus. They are common in women of childbearing age.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), painful periods, irregular period
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Normal Case of Spotting

    Spotting is vaginal bleeding that occurs between periods. Many women experience spotting between periods and it is often nothing to worry about. Oral contraceptives (the pill) can cause spotting as a side effect, especially if they have a low estrogen dose, someone started on them recently or does not take them on the same time everyday. Additionally, hormone supplements that only contain estrogen (often used in menopause) can cause spotting as well.

    You most likely have nothing to worry about. If you take the pill, try to take it at the same time every day. If the spotting becomes severe or is bothersome, you should speak with your primary care physician or OBGYN.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding or bloody discharge, bloody vaginal discharge, mild unexpected vaginal bleeding, vaginal bleeding, vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that always occur with normal case of spotting:
    vaginal bleeding or bloody discharge
    Symptoms that never occur with normal case of spotting:
    severe unexpected vaginal bleeding, vaginal pain, vaginal itch or burning, bleeding after sex, severe abdominal pain
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  7. 7.Genital Herpes

    Genital herpes is caused by a common viral infection that is sexually transmitted. The virus can lay dormant for months after exposure, causing itching and rash on the inner thighs or genitals. Some people carry the virus, but have no symptoms for their entire lives.

    You should visit a doctor while the rash is present, because symptoms can come and go. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, the doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, muscle aches, vaginal itch or burning, vaginal pain, fever
    Symptoms that always occur with genital herpes:
    painful vaginal ulcer
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections"), which is dangerous and requires treatment.

    You should visit your primary care physician or an urgent care clinic today or tomorrow. Treatment of an abscess includes incision and drainage. It is likely you will be prescribed antibiotics as well. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with bumps or blisters, red rash, red skin bump larger than 1/2 cm in diameter, pus-filled rash, rash
    Symptoms that always occur with skin abscess:
    rash with bumps or blisters
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Chlamydia Infection

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread through unprotected sex. Each year, over 1 million Americans are diagnosed with this STD.

    You should visit a physician to confirm the diagnosis where an antibiotic will be prescribed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, sudden urgency to urinate, bleeding after sex, heavy menstrual flow
    Symptoms that never occur with chlamydia infection:
    improving vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Genital Numbness

  • Q.Is your vaginal numbness constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your vaginal discharge been going on?
  • Q.Is your vaginal discharge constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How much discharge is coming out of your vagina?

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Genital Numbness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced genital numbness have also experienced:

    • 16% Vaginal Discharge
    • 5% Vaginal Pain
    • 5% Bloody Vaginal Discharge
  • People who have experienced genital numbness had symptoms persist for:

    • 30% Less Than a Week
    • 29% Less Than a Day
    • 29% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced genital numbness were most often matched with:

    • 8% Trichomonas Vaginal Infection
    • 4% Yeast Infection
    • 1% Skin Infection (Cellulitis)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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