Hormonal Pills Like Microgynon May Cause Acne in Vagina
Q: Hello, I’m a 39 year old female, not sexually active, taking microgynon 30 for 2 years due to very heavy periods. Since March this year, I have been plagued with boils on my inner labia minora. They hurt badly, they sting and it feels like I’m sitting and walking with a sharp pebble in my labia minora. My GP told me to use warm salt water compresses and use Fucidin ointment during my flare ups. The rest of the time I have to go without underwear as much as possible at home, wash twice daily and eat well. This does not appear to be working as the boils keep returning and the lump is still there, although it doesn’t always hurt, except only during flare ups. I am total fed up with this situation. I’m a clean person. What could be causing this and what can I do to prevent further outbreaks? Thank you.
– By Sophie
The hormonal pill you are taking is likely to be a cause of it. This pill contains two active hormones, Ethinylestradiol and Levonorgestrel. Two years is a pretty long time for any drug to produce enough side effects.
You may talk to your doctor about stopping this hormonal medicine. Your symptom of heavy periods is likely to be arrested by now.
Hormonal pills do produce certain side effects, especially when taken for long periods.
Side Effects of Hormonal Pills After Long-Term Use
- Common adverse effects include:
- Changes in weight. Puffiness over ankles.
- Changes in mood and temperament
- Vaginal acne and boils
- Tendency of developing blood clots anywhere in the body
The patient may complain of aches or pain anywhere in the body like, stomach ache, gall bladder pain or even heart pain. All these symptoms are due to blood clots being formed in the blood vessels. A condition called deep vein thrombosis may also occur.
It is not desirable to be on hormonal pills for very long periods, unless medically indicated for some disease condition.
Caring for the Boils on Labia
Your doctor has rightly given you suggestions for caring for the boils you have. Just keep the area clean and dry. Avoid friction, as much as possible, in the groin region.
Warm compresses are very helpful. However, you may not add salt in it. Just plain lukewarm water would be better. Read more about cleaning the labia area.
Read more on managing bumps over the labia.