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Heavy Yellowish-Pee Like Discharge

Published: 08 January 2003
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I'm 16 years old; lately I have been having heavy yellowish-pee looking discharge. A bit change from my normal white discharge and my vaginal area has red painful bumps on it (not filled with pus or anything, just red/irritated) the bumps appeared maybe 2-3 times now but this is the first time that I've gotten pee-like discharge and its right before my period. I was thinking it might be a yeast infection but then again, it sounds like genital warts even though I have not had intercourse yet. I'm on exchange right now in Japan so I can't go to my real doctor and I don't want to tell my mom over the phone/email. Also, I had a cyst the size of a grape last year in June and the doctors tried to see it from a vaginal x-ray but it hurt too much - maybe it's the gel from the time they inserted it? (The cyst went away but the doctors said cysts were normal). I'm really worried and scared I might not be able to have children later. Please help.
Signed: Heavy Yellowish-Pee Like Discharge

Dear Heavy Yellowish-Pee Like Discharge,

TeenHealthFX knows that changes in our bodies are confusing and being far from home can make them scary.

Although discharge is natural, you should not experience itching, pain or bumps. In addition, the discharge should be basically odorless. Because you do have itching and irritation we recommend see a doctor as you may be experiencing an infection of some type. There are three types of infections (also called Vaginitis):  Gardenerella, yeast infection and Trichomoniasis.

Your doctor will be able to diagnose and treat the infection with antibiotics. Although you are away from home, it is important that you see a doctor. The changes in discharge and recurring bumps that you have mentioned have to be checked out. If you have never had sex, it is unlikely that your bumps are from genital warts. Bumps or pimples can arise from numerous skin irritations and only your doctor can tell you what the cause is. It is also very unlikely that this discharge would prevent you from having children in the future.

It does not sound like your current situation is related to the cyst you had last year. The gel used for the x-ray is long gone and should not be causing you any problems now. As your doctor said, cysts are normal and you may have more in the future. It is important to see your doctor regularly and let him or her know all your concerns.

Being in a different country is an exciting experience and one that you don't want to be weighed down by health problems. Most exchange programs provide medical assistance for its participants, so contact your program to find out what is offered. Keep in mind that some programs may notify your parents if you see a doctor, so be sure to tell your mom and let her know what is going on. If your program doesn't provide medical assistance you can check out these sites for more info:

1. AMDA International Medical Info Center- You can call 03-5285-8088 in Tokyo or 06-6636-2333 in Osaka for referral information to the closet medical facility near you. These services are available in English.

2. You can also check out the US Embassy page for a complete listing of medical services in Japan.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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