Also, does herpes discharge smell? I just examined my vagina again and wiped to get some of the discharge on paper. It is white with a thicker discharge in it that isn't like dark yellow but it's offwhite if that makes any sense. What should I see when I look in my vagina? Surely I would know by now if this was herpes right? I've also heard of bacterial vaginosis which would make sense when my bf fingered me and it smelled bad. But from what I can tell the discharge I just got out doesn't have a smell. Is it possible I had bacterial vaginosis and treating it like a yeast infection messed things up?
Herpes comes with a little blister, or a small cluster of blisters, usually especially on the first outbreak for someone who is newly infected.
From what I've read, and what my ex-wife used to tell me, it can be difficult to see sores on the inside of the vagina. They aren't always felt, they don't always hurt.
If you think you might suspect a sore there, see a Dr. soon, before it heals so they can detect it.
But often you will get the sore(s) on the labia. Some women get them on their thighs or buttox.
There is something called a prodrome that precedes a herpes outbreak, and it usually comes as a very distinct burning under the skin right in the inside crook of the leg, and down a few inches of the inner thigh. Sometimes it's up by the hip bone, above the hip.
It's not a sensation that your mind can create to make you think it's there. In other words, if you get the prodrome burn, you'll know it. My prodromes are more painful than the sores.
These other issues don't sound like herpes to me, unless there are sores involved. Usually right before sores or blisters appear, the area will itch first - not be sore. You should probably see a doctor for the vaginal opening soreness and the discharge issue. It could be chlamydia (depending on if you've been sexually active with gential contact) which can be solved with antibiotics - easily. If you haven't then don't worry about that.
I know it's stressful, but either way, you'll be ok. Every human being has some form of a herpes virus. There are many.
I'm hoping for you that it's not though, because no one needs it.
Hope this helps!