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Kawani3792
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I don't know why, but I always seem to have a lot of discharge. It isn't any different from how it normally is, so it's probably not due to any kind of infection, plus I'm not sexually active in any way so STIs are ruled out.
But even knowing it's natural and not a concern, it's bothering me. I'm having to change underwear a couple times a day or wear a pad at all times, and either one is really a pain.
I know that physically there probably isn't anything I can do, that it's likely just how my body works, but does anyone have a suggestion for how to manage it without feeling like I'm wearing a diaper or having to wash huge loads of underthings every other day?

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Heather
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You've already been checked for bacterial infections (which can happen when someone isn't sexually active)?

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Kawani3792
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No, I haven't-I still don't have a way to get to an Ob/Gyn, and since it isn't painful or anything, just annoying, it doesn't seem like anything to visit my regular doctor about.
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Heather
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Bacterial infections often aren't painful or even itchy. The most typical symptom is usually just additional discharge, which sometimes might smell a little and be more grayish than clear, though that color difference can be so subtle, it's hard to detect.

So, I'd just check that out to be sure, since obviously, you don't want to be walking around with an untreated bacterial infection. Then you can also know for sure if this level of discharge is normal for you or not.

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Kawani3792
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So that would mean going to a gynecologist, right?
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My question is very simple. if a woman has sex and after sex uses a tampon to absorb the sperm over night. For how long or how many days later will sperm show up in her panties.

Need to know.

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(Tralves, please start your own topic to ask a question. You can use the "new topic" button on every page to do that.)

Kawani: getting checked for a vaginal bacterial infection often means going to the gynecologist, although you can always start with your general doctor, who can give you a referral if necessary.

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Kawani3792
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Thanks, Karybu! I know my general doctor (who is female, thankfully, and non-awkward enough that I would be okay talking to her about this) has no problem giving referrals when necessary, so next time I go in I'll probably ask her about this, which would also be a less-difficult way of convincing my mom to take me in for a gynecological exam.
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