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cool87
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I've noticed that for about a week or two the color and the consistency of my discharge seemed to have changed, I noticed that especially during sexual activity. I know discharge tends to change throughout your cycle but I don't remember having a similar discharge before.

I'm sorry if this sounds rather disgusting but it's clear with white mixed up with it, it's not all clear nor all white. It's like there are white spots in it and it's quite thick and sticky. It's not like the elastic white discharge I get when ovulating.

Could it just be cervical discharge mixed up with vaginal discharge or does it sound like a yeast infection ? I've looked at pictures of yeast infection and I'm scared it's that.

There isn't any smell to it, nor is it increased in quantity, nor is there any itching associated with it. The only thing I noticed is sometimes a burning sensation during sexual activity and shortly after, but which could also be attributed to a lack of lubrication and/or arousal.

Would it be better that I get this checked out or it doesn't worry you given it's not associated with other symptoms ? The thing is I currently do not have a GYN nor a GP so that creates a bit of a problem so I don't want to go if that's not something worrysome. I just easily tend to get worried, hence my asking.

[ 05-24-2009, 07:27 PM: Message edited by: cool87 ]

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You've asked about discharge issues like these in the past, if I'm not mistaken. Did you ever have them checked out before by your OB/GYN? If so, what did they say?

I'm a bit confused by your post edit, though: before you edited, you said you had a GYN visit coming up soon.

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I don't have a GYN visit coming up, I have a doctor visit coming up but he's not my GP, just a doctor I consulted in a walk-in clinic for another problem. That's just for a follow-up so I could always ask him but I don't know.

And yes, I've consulted a GYN in the past for vaginal burning during sexual activities but it turned out this wasn't a vaginal infection.

But, the discharge wasn't the same as it is now.

[ 05-24-2009, 07:32 PM: Message edited by: cool87 ]

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Well, I'm pretty certain that's not what your post said before.

But whatever: so what have your OB/GYNs had to say about your discharge issues in the past?

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No, I know. I'm just really tired because I haven't slept much for the last two days due to me going to bed at around 3 am at night. I know I wrote GYN but I meant doc. Why does it matter ?

And I answered your question above. As I said, last time they told me my discharge was normal, that there was no vaginal infection going on but this time the discharge is different. It's not the type of discharge I experienced before.

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Honestly, my sense is from your history that the discharge is probably a normal discharge change you're being over-observant about. Based on your posts, it's seemed like you've gotten very frequent sexual healthcare, so unless you have been taking new risks with sexual activity, an infection seems less likely than a normal variation.

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I've not been taking new risks with sexual activity, I always try to make sure hands are clean but you never know.

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Cervical discharges are one part of vaginal discharges, and wouldn't be anything new for you, given your age (as in, well past the start of puberty).

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Okay, so you don't think it's really necessary for me to see a GYN or GP for that ?

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I think if you have been getting that care as often as you seem to, are current with your STI screenings, have had no new risks and have no other symptoms, there is no need to race to a doctor about this. You might even want to just wait until your period rolls around, as sometimes a period can help right any minor imbalances all by itself.

If you find more changes that aren't typical for you, continue to have any burning (save times when you know it's about being unaroused, not aroused enough or not using lube) or develop other symptoms, that's when you may want to see someone.

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Okay, thanks a lot. [Smile]

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