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White Stuff Not Cum

Published: April 23, 2002
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I was having sex with my girlfriend and there was white stuff coming out of her vagina, I hadn't cum yet so what is that?
Signed: White Stuff Not Cum

Dear White Stuff Not Cum,

A female has a normal whitish discharge that occurs naturally in her body. It lubricates the vagina and increases in quantity during sexual arousal.  From what you are describing the discharge sounds normal. However, if the amount of discharge, the smell or the consistency (curd-like or clumpy) has changed, it could be a sign of an infection, possibly a yeast infection.

Yeast infections are very treatable. There are over the counter medications, but for teenagers we recommend seeing a doctor. As a teenager your body is changing, a doctor can examine you and make sure everything is okay. Also, the doctor can answer any of your questions and prescribe the right kind of medication for you.

If you are sexually active, a discharge could be a symptom of a sexually transmitted disease. A teen health center or Planned Parenthood can see you for sexuality transmitted disease prevention and treatment and/or birth control issues without your parent's consent and on a low/no cost basis.

The only way to know for sure is for your girlfriend to be examined by a doctor. Talk to her in a supportive way and let her know you are concerned. Maybe she is aware of the discharge and has already taken the necessary steps. If she too is concerned, offer to go to the doctor with her, so she can be checked out. In any case you should refrain from sex until a doctor has examined your girlfriend.

If you would like to be seen by a doctor from the Adolescent/Young Adult Center For Health in Morristown, New Jersey, you can call 973.971.6475 for an appointment.

No question on discharge and sex would be complete without a discussion on safer sex practices. Since you and your girlfriend have decided to have sex, please practice safer sex by using condoms and another method of birth control like the pill or Depo-Provera. Again, since you are sexually active, you both should go to a teen health center for a check up and a discussion of birth control.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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