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elephantswithouttusks
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The past few days I have noticed an unusual smell and discharge from my vagina. There is not a large amount of it, but it appears thin and yellowish and smells unpleasant. I would describe it as the smell of my vagina normally but amplified and maybe a touch more coppery smelling. I had only found small amounts of this discharge in my underwear so today I inserted a q-tip into myself to be able to better examine and describe the substance. When I did this the q-tip came out having the same strange smell and slightly pink, like maybe there was blood.

Background information that might help is that I am sexually active. My last period was in the middle of December so I normally would have expected to have had my next period by now. However, my cycle length has always varied greatly, anywhere from 28 to 39 days sometimes so I wasn't really concerned until today. I have had unprotected sex several times since my last period using the pull out method. I realize this is not a 100% effective way to prevent pregnancy because pre-come can contain sperm but I am pretty confident I am not pregnant seeing as my partner pulled out completely each time and did not come at all any of the times we had sex because he did not want to get too close to it inside of me.

I have never been to a gynecologist as my parents do not know I am sexually active. So to go visit one would be quiet a project for me and I guess I thought I had until this point been taking pretty good care of myself so I didn't need to. Doing my own research online the only things I can suspect are happening are bacterial vaginosis or spotting during early pregnancy or both. I would love advice though as either of these outcomes is daunting. Any clue what it might be or how I can resolve the issue?

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Molias
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Honestly, the only way to know what this is would be to see a doctor; anything like this just can't be diagnosed online. We do have some information on various vaginal discharges here: Honorably Discharged: A Guide to Vaginal Secretions

From what you've said, though, I do think this is something you need to have a doctor take a look at. You could talk about needing to see a doctor without disclosing to your parents that you're sexually active, and a doctor is bound by confidentiality laws and won't disclose that to them. And if you need to give some reason for a visit for your parents to be ok with it, things like yeast infections also cause pain & discharge but aren't necessarily due to sexual activity. So you could just say you're having unusual discharge or discomfort if just telling them "I'm not feeling well, I would like to see the doctor" isn't enough.

Would you like any information about more reliable forms of birth control? It is true that withdrawal is one of the least effective ones out there. Condoms are easy to access and will also provide protection from STIs, which withdrawal does nothing to protect from.

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Edith_*
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Hi elephantswithouttusks! Welcome to Scarleteen! [Smile]

The only way to find out what's going on here is with a healthcare provider IN person, and really since you are sexually active that's something you should be doing anyway. (and same goes with testing) [Smile]

There are many things you can research online, but one thing you can't get is a diagnose.

Going to a doctor doesn't mean you have to let your parents know about it. Do you need any helpf finding a healthcare provider? If so, we are more than happy to help you with that. [Smile]

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elephantswithouttusks
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Okay, so I realize I should visit a doctor. Does this doctor need to be a women's health specialist, like a gynecologist?

Also, if the discharge showed up Friday, would it be a terrible idea to wait a few days before taking any action to see if it clears up on it's own? I don't think I would be able to see a doctor until next weekend at the earliest.

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It is best if the doctor has experience in sexual health, so yes, a GYN is the best bet.

I can't tell you if you should wait or not, that's totally up to you as you are the best person to know how uncomfortable you are with this. [Smile] Do you already have a doctor or would you like help finding one?

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