Hi, I masturbate but I stopped and now my vagina itches…….

……..I have clear sometimes yellow discharge. It’s not a lot and I have never inserted anything in my vagina. I’m scared if I have an STI or BV.

 

Masturbation can be a safe way to explore your body and learn more about your sexual likes and dislikes.  Masturbation doesn’t come with a risk of STI transmission or pregnancy, and it doesn’t require the same communication skills as being sexually active with someone else. Self-masturbation can also help you figure out your sexual boundaries and preferences before you become sexually active with others. Masturbation also won’t damage or harm your body in any way.

It’s important to say that Vaginas and penis‘ are self-cleaning organs. Much like earwax and tears are parts of the normal functioning of the ear and eye, people secrete moisture from the membranes that line the vagina. These normal secretions help control the growth of organisms—like yeast and certain bacteria—that are normal, healthy parts of the vagina.

While everyone’s bodies are different, a certain amount of discharge and odor can be completely normal! Knowing what is normal for your body will help you to know when something is abnormal.

Sometimes, however, a change in discharge or odor can be a sign of an infection.

Some infections like yeast and Bacterial Vaginosis can occur organically from imbalances in the body (stress, diet, and clothing can all contribute to this). These are not STIs, but can be treated. Some of these infections may resolve themselves, but others require medical treatment. Although yeast and Bacterial Vaginosis are not STIs, some STIs can also cause abnormal discharge.

Itching can also be a sign of an infection, not necessarily a sexually transmitted infection.

The only way to know what is going on for sure is to see a medical professional. You can do this at our Teen Clinic. Give us a call to make an appointment! 303-442-5160