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I've been having weird discharge lately, Im not exactly sure if its normal or not.
Its usually white, or sometimes sort of transparent, and when it dries in, its usually dry and crackled, looking white or yellow.
I would have a moderate amount, more then I remember before to be honest, I sometimes feel it coming out, and I wouldnt have to wear a pad for it but still, it just seems like their shouldnt be that much.
I had this last week, with a strong smell, so I bought some medication thinking it was a yeast infection, and then I had my period so I didnt know if it worked or not. But now I've had discharge, it didnt have a very strong odour yesterday, but today it did, and its not as strong as before, but it smells sort of similar.
My mam says its nothing to worry about, just keep myself clean and look after myself for the next week and i'll be grand but im finding it hard to believe her...help?

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One thing to be really cautious about is that while it may have been a yeast infection, it may also not have been. So unless you've had them before and know for sure that's what it is you want to see a doctor not just get something to use for yeast infections because if it's not one it can actually make the problem worse. Best thing to do is to check in with your doctor if you suspect a problem (and a strong/bad odor can mean an infection.) See this: Honorably Discharged: A Guide to Vaginal Secretions

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Alright, its just my mam refuses to go to the doctor, she doesnt think theres something wrong with me and she doesnt want to waste what little money we have on going to the doctor.
What exactly could I have?
I understand you cant tell me, but the possiblities? I havent engaged in any sexual activities so it couldnt be an sti..
Could it be serious?

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Could you take a look around to see if there's a free clinic in your area? Even if not an STI, it could be signs of a yeast infection - but may also not be. So you don't want to treat for something unless you know.

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Yeah, well I could try find out. My mam said she wanted to wait untill my next period, and if itd still there then we would go to the doctor.
But overall she said that its normal, and that even if it is an infection, I shouldnt worry because its not an STI, so I could just get antibiotics and i would be fine again, is that true?
Its really lowering my confidence and making me feel crap about myself.
She also says its nothing to worry about unless its a funny colour and a really offensive smell.
Mine is just yellow now, and it is...smelly but it isnt really offensive but it still smells you know?
So I just want to know if im going to be okay, Its really effecting me. I've had it for weeks now.

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If it is an infection and it's not treated, then it could get worse - and how it gets worse symptoms-wise depends on what it is caused by. Have a look at this: Honorably Discharged: A Guide to Vaginal Secretions

Especially considering it's been weeks already I'd check into those clinics in your area and see if there's one close.

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I have another question, I thought the vagina was a self-cleaning organ though?
I mean, what if I just kept maximum hygiene and ate healthily, shouldnt it go away? Considering, I wouldnt think its worse then a yeast infection or something, since it cant be an STI...

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An infection has nothing to do with cleanliness, just because you have an infection does not mean you are dirty or have bad hygiene. As well, cleaning yourself, or your vagina cleaning itself, will not make an infection go away. Most infections that are not STIs are an imbalance of the bacteria in your vagina and medication is needed to bring it back to normal. The longer you wait the harder it is to treat, because the good bacteria will be more and more outnumbered by the bad bacteria. It can also get rather painful and/or itchy depending on what it is.

I'm suspecting you might have BV - which generally has a creamy greyish-white, odorous vaginal discharge. Yeast infections tend to be very itchy and painful with an almost cottage cheese like discharge. A doctor is needed for diagnosis and medication.

The STI Files: Bacterial Vaginosis
Yeast Infections

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Okay...Is BV serious?
I mean, is it something I need to be extremely concerned about?
I could just go to the doctor and get the medication I need and I'll be okay again right?

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BV is a very common infection and no, it doesn't tend to be serious. It tends to be more of an inconvenience than anything else. You do want to get it treated, but it's usually very easy to treat.

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Well I finally convinced my mam, shes bringing me to the doctor on tuesday.
So can I ask what to expect at the doctors? I've never gone for an issue down there, and im sure they'll have to take a look or whatever.
Which im extremely uncomfortable with, but I'd rather go and get this sorted, I feel relieved to know that it can be treated.

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That's great news!

It is better if the doctor has a look; just to make sure it really is a yeast infection. If you feel uncomfortable, it might be best to let the doctor know when you first meet them and let them know if you start feeling uncomfortable at any point. Any good doctor will be doing everything they can to make your visit as easy and calm for you as possible.

It's always good to get into the habit of going for these type of exams to take the very best care you can of your reproductive health. Medical practitioners generally recommend having a check up for your reproductive health every three years.

I understand that you aren't going to a gynecologist, but this pieve may help you with know what to expect: Your First Gynecologist Visit.

I also found you a couple of threads about what healthcare practitioners usually approach this:

What this User's Doctor Should have Done

What Should I Expect?

Just let me know if any of those links don't work as my computer is really playing up.

[ 10-30-2011, 04:05 PM: Message edited by: RaeRay2112 ]

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Thanks for the links, they worked fine for me [Smile]
I feel a lot better now knowing that i'm going to the doctor and this will all finally be sorted out.
I am still a little bit afraid of going, i'll be quite embarressed, but i've just been thinking about how i'll finally be able to get rid of whatever I have and I can be comfortable again!
So thanks for the help [Smile]

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No reason to be embarrassed, honestly. It happens sometimes, and the doctor's not going to be embarrassed to help <3

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Yep, the doctor will be used to seeing vulvas and yeast infections all the time. It's so super common. [Smile]

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