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Leaking Urine

Published: February 18, 2004
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Hi, for a few months now I have been leaking urine. Even if I go to the bathroom I might leak a few minutes later, but I don't have to pee. Also, I get this clear, snot like stuff coming out of my vaginal area. What could be the problem?
Signed: Leaking Urine

Dear Leaking Urine,

 

TeenHealthFX knows that this must be hard for you and may be embarrassing as well. You really need to be checked out by a doctor, especially for the leakage of urine. Your health care provider will take a careful history and examine you to see if the leaking is caused by an underlying condition that can be corrected. Your blood and urine may be checked for infection or other abnormalities. You may be referred to a urologist or gynecologist for further investigation and treatment. (An urologist is a doctor who specializes in disorders of the urinary tract in both men and women and in the reproductive tract of men. A gynecologist specializes in women's health care and especially in disorders of the reproductive tract of women.)

 

If you do not have a doctor and live in the northern New Jersey area you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973.971.6475 or Girl's Street - a Young Women's Health Program at 908.522.2555. Outside of NJ, call your local hospital for a name of a pediatrician or an Adolescent Medicine doctor.

 

Here is some more information on urine leakage and vaginal discharge:

Leaking of urine from the bladder, can be due to many different reasons, like over active bladder, urinary infections, constipation, stone in the bladder and so on. Some symptoms include:

  • Leakage of urine during exercise, laughing, coughing, sneezing, or lifting.
  • Urine leaks in frequent dribbles
  • Inability to hold urine long enough to get to the toilet
  • Embarrassing smell on clothes and in the house.

A female's body also produces a normal vaginal discharge. Glands inside your vagina and cervix make small amounts of fluid. This fluid flows out of the vagina each day, carrying out old cells that have lined the vagina. This is your body's way of keeping your vagina healthy and clean. The discharge is usually clear or milky and doesn't smell bad. This is normal. The color and thickness of the discharge change with your monthly cycle. The discharge is thicker when you ovulate (when one of your ovaries releases an egg), breastfeed or when sexually excited.

 

Changes that may signal a problem include an increase in the amount of discharge, a change in the color or smell of the discharge, and irritation, itchiness or burning in or around your vagina. A discharge that's stained with blood when you're not having your period could also be a sign of a problem. If you have any of these signs, you should talk to your doctor.

 

Many things can disturb the balance of a healthy vagina, including douching, feminine hygiene sprays, certain soaps or bubble baths, antibiotics, diabetes, pregnancy or infections. FX always advises females to go to a doctor and get it checked to see whether it is normal discharge or abnormal.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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