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white/yellow discharge?

Question Posted Tuesday June 24 2008, 1:56 pm

i am a girl, and i have this white/yellow thick discharge and sometimes it comes out as liquid,then it gets hard on my underwear and sometimes it stays around the thing where you pee, and i'm really scared its a disease. it doesnt go away and it smells really bad no matter how many times i shower it. i dont wanna show my mom unless it is a disease but im really scared.
what should i do? do you know what it is? is it normal?
if it is normal, how do you get the smell away?

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ks19610k answered Wednesday June 25 2008, 9:25 am:
sounds like a yeast infection that is curable with over the counter meds. Yeast infections are caused by antibiotics, wet bathing suits etc... that is the most common infection. IF not than, check bladder infection. most times a yeast infec. will itch and a bladder infec. will hurt when peeing.

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venom_97 answered Tuesday June 24 2008, 2:40 pm:
It's really hard to say what it could be, but yellow discharge isn't normally associated with vaginal bacteria or yeast. (seriously). I will attach 2 helpful links for your review. No,it isn't normal to have yellow discharge. I am not saying it isn't normal to have discharge but not yellow or foul smelling. If you have had unprotected sex, there is a risk that you may have a STD, I hope not but it is a chance sweetheart.

Here's my suggestion - go to the pharmacy, purchase this screen kit. It's a panty liner - wear it, observe the color and compare it to the chart indicator so you know what's up before making an appointment or telling your parents since you don't want them involved yet. There are some local health departments that provide treatment beyond yeast infections. Please check this out so that you can get some help medically before it causes internal damage if more than a yeast infection.

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Peeps answered Tuesday June 24 2008, 2:21 pm:
All women have discharge, varying in amount by where you are in your menstrual cycle. It is completely normal to be experiencing some discharge daily.
Some odor is completely normal but it should never smell awful. Every woman has her own scent.

Different Discharges:

1. Before ovulation- There will be a small amount of (mostly) clear discharge.

2. Closer to ovulation- Discharge is wet and sticky. It is usually white/lightly cream colored. There is usually some mucus but it isn't as stretchy as it will be during ovulation.

3. At ovulation (roughly about 14 days from your last period)- There will be a noticeably larger amount of discharge lasting a few days. It resembles stretchy egg whites. You are most fertile here (high risk pregnancy) and sperm entering your vagina will be able to survive slightly longer than other times.

4. After ovulation- Discharge is sticky but not as stretchy. Mostly clear, dwindling back to the "before ovulation" stage.

* Yeast infections cause quite a different discharge than normal.
Vaginal yeast infections can cause itching and burning, the white discharge may look similar to cottage cheese, there could be pain during sexual intercourse, and some swelling of the vulva. The discharge smells somewhat yeasty from what I've read but not always.

Sexual intercourse, antibiotics, using too much soap, tampon usage, and even wearing tight clothing can all cause a yeast infection to occur.

If you have never had one before and you suspect you do now, then you NEED to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis. From there, you can purchase over-the-counter medication such as Monistat from your local store. The 7-day treatment seems to be the best of the bunch. It comes with the medication, applicator, and instructions so you can do it yourself in privacy.

* Bacterial vaginosis (overgrowth of bacteria in your vagina) also means a change in your regular discharge. Many women experience an increase in discharge and a very unpleasant, fishy odor; however, some women do not experience anything odd. Other symptoms include: intense itching, swelling, and irritation. If left untreated, a woman can develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and become infertile.

I would say that if your normal odor has dramatically changed into a very unpleasant odor then this may be a cause. Bacterial vaginosis can be treated with antibiotics that you can get from your doctor. There are few over-the-counter medications such as RepHresh that help to prevent another case.

Seeking medical attention is necessary because none of the over the counter products can actually treat an active infection. More importantly, women often inaccurately diagnose BV as a yeast infection, and delay proper treatment which may lead to major complications (including not being able to have children).

I understand it may be uncomfortable to confront a parent/guardian about the issue but it is very important you see a doctor to make sure you are healthy. We are not doctors here so we can't give a 100% proper diagnosis. This is something very serious that you absolutely need to do. This is worth a doctor's visit, definately.

Try being open with your guardian about this. Let them know you have been experiencing some odd smelling discharge and found online that it may be a sort-of infection. It doesn't mean you're dirty, having sex, or doing anything wrong.

Until you're able see a doctor, you may want to wear a panty-liner so you don't have wet underclothing/pants. Do NOT wear a tampon as it will further disrupt the balance of bacteria in your vagina, and if you don't have an infection, you can get one then. You may also want to wear some looser clothing until you're properly treated.

Remember, vaginal infections, medications, and birth control can all alter the appearance of your normal discharge so if you have been on medication lately it may be the cause of this issue.

I wish you luck on finding a doctor to see about your smelly discharge.

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