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Confusing Vaginal Discharge

Published: July 26, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I have a vagianal discharge, but it's confusing. It started last summer at around June and ended in August. It just stopped coming, but then this summer it came back at the same timing. What's wrong with me?
Signed: Confusing Vaginal Discharge

Dear Confusing Vaginal Discharge,

TeenHealthFX appreciates your concern for your health and well-being, and understands that you may be feeling confused at the moment. FX reminds you that vaginal discharge is a normal bodily function that almost all women will experience at some point in their lives. Some of the reasons that vaginal discharge may occur include cleaning/moistening the vagina and helping to prevent/fight infections. It is also very common for a woman to experience vaginal discharge around the time period of her menstrual cycle.

There are some instances in which vaginal discharge is considered abnormal, including yet not limited to: yeast infections, vaginosis and/or sexually transmitted infections. You stated that the discharge you are experiencing occurs most commonly during the summer months. This is an indication that you may be experiencing a yeast infection. Common symptoms of a yeast infection include vaginal itch/irritation, soreness and thick/white/cottage-cheese-like discharge. There are actions you can take to reduce the likelihood of a yeast infection occurring:

1. If you swim in a pool and/or the ocean, change out of your wet bathing suit bottoms into dry,     cotton underwear. Remaining in wet bottoms for long periods of time may cause vaginal irritation, itch and/or dryness.

2. You do not need to utilize soap to clean yourself during showers, because the vagina is self-cleansing. However, if for some reason, you still feel the need to utilize soap, be sure to purchase a product that is low in fragrance and dyes.

3. Lastly, yeast grows in warm, moist conditions –which is why many women experience the greatest discomfort during summer months. Be sure to wear loose, breathable clothing, and avoid dressing in tight pants and/or bottoms.

TeenHealthFX suggests scheduling an appointment with your doctor to address your situation. He/she will be able to examine your vaginal discharge and determine if further treatment is necessary. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. A Planned Parenthood health center is a good option if you have concerns about cost or confidentiality issues. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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