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Old 09-30-2006, 09:14 PM   #1
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Labial Adhesions

It just registered to me today, that the reason I started using cloth was because DD had a labial adhesion. I'm curious, for those of you who used cloth from birth, did any of your daughters ever or still have a labial adhesion?
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Old 10-01-2006, 05:42 AM   #2
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My dd had this starting around 2 maybe. I used the prescribed cream and it fixed the problem. She has been potty trained for 7 months now and it has happened again. The reason I knew it might be that was because she was acting like it hurt to pee and she would only go a little bit and often. It's the same symptoms as a bladder infection, but she has never had an infection. The Dr. said that when she reaches puberty it will stop happening because her estrogen will increase and that will keep the skin thinned there.

She closes up enough that it makes urinating uncomfortable for her so I always keep the cream here at home and it seems to help quickly.

I'm curious though why would CD'ing help with this?
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Old 10-01-2006, 10:27 AM   #3
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Re: Labial Adhesions

My ped told me that when cloth diapers were popular, less than 1% of girls had labial adhesions. Now the number is nearing 5% with the large amount of disposables being used.

So I was just curious if anyone had the issue or not using cd from birth. I switched at 4 months when the ped found my daughter had a SEVERE labial adhesion.

I should also mention, they aren't supposed to refuse after 14 months because the labia changes from a mucous membrane to normal tissue...so I would talk to your dr about that.
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Old 10-01-2006, 10:48 AM   #4
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I have talked to my Dr. about it and he said it "can" happen on and off until they reach puberty. My dd's was also severe because it was 95% closed according to her Pedi. when she was younger. From everything I have read, it can close up again and need to be retreated.

There are certain things to do to help it from happening again like applying a pretroleum there every so often etc...

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Old 10-01-2006, 12:11 PM   #5
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Re: Labial Adhesions

Yeah, my dd had a pinhole opening left to pee out of. I was very turned off to the idea of using estrogen cream on her, but I used it twice and it about half opened up. It opened up more using a&d ointment on it. I haven't used anything on it in about a month now and it hasn't closed up at all, I did notice it starting to close about a month and a half ago when we used disposables for a week vacation.

Everything I read and what her ped said, if it is open at 14 months it shouldn't reclose. But if your dr is fine with it no worries! Good to know too in case it happens to my DD
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Old 10-01-2006, 07:18 PM   #6
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My girls haven't had this, but it came up recently when I was talking with my Mom. Apparently I had a problem from birth, but they didn't offer creams then and she was told to break it open with a Q tip!! She said I would cry and cry and she just couldn't do it. It came up becase a friend of hers' daughter just got married and they couldn't consumate the relationship because of similar problems down there and the girl, well woman need surgery! My Mom was curious if DH and I had problems since she didn't do it. LOL I said, well you know that we are expecting our 5 child. Don't you remember how they are made??

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Re: Labial Adhesions

My dd has this. She is 2 1/2 and has had it about a year. It was pretty bad at first but I just used A&D and got it to open quite a bit. The other day she started complaining that it hurt to pee, so I looked and it is closing up again. I guess maybe she doesn't wipe as well, not really sure. I did take her to the ped though to make sure there was no UTI, which there wasn't. They told me the same about it sometimes recurring until puberty. I try to put cream on it at least once a day. I never heard the 14 month old thing.
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Old 10-04-2006, 10:51 AM   #8
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Re: Labial Adhesions

I'm not sure if I heard that at the dr office, read it online, or heard it from someone w/the same experiance.

Either way, I wasn't sure if the cloth diapers were truly "helping" prevent it or not.

It doesn't really matter anymore tho hehe, I'm totally addicted and would NEVER go back to disposables for future children
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Old 10-04-2006, 02:05 PM   #9
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Re: Labial Adhesions

There are skin conditions that can cause labial adhesions throughout a woman's life, age and estrogen notwithstanding. And labial adhesions can come and go even without treatment.
I know because I have a condition that causes them. For a good portion of my life I've had no labia minora - it was completely adhered to the labia majora. With treatment with estrogen, it would un-adhere for a while, but always went back, and I don't like using hormones all the time. After pregnancy and while nursing (must be due to extra estrogen) it has actually un-adhered all on it's own.
There are treatments other than hormones and surgery - btw. You can ask your dr about protopic cream. I chose to just stop with the drugs because the lack of labia minora really didn't do any harm for me...but would obviously feel differently if the adhesions were getting in the way of peeing or sex...
BTW - I was cloth diapered as a baby.
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Old 10-04-2006, 09:05 PM   #10
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Yeah, DD's pee would squirt like a little boy because her's was so far closed. Actually, we were at the dr because she was having fevers and they went to "bag" her to catch pee (I refused to let them cath,) but when they went to wipe her to clean her up, they saw she was fused almost completely.

I just hope she doesn't have problems with this all her life. Since it opened, it has stayed open nicely other than 1 time when we used disposables for a week.

They say they can get it from a lot of things like the chemicals in disposables, diaper rashes, being too "squished" in there when the skin is still raw and sensitive... They suspected DD has had hers since birth though (because she peed funny right off the bat, squirted straight in the air...I thought it was because she was swollen from birth yet) and having one since birth can indicate further problems they want to probe at...I'm still undecided about what to do and I'm going to talk to her ped about it in a few weeks.
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