I am 15 years old and I have strong vaginal odor…

…I am not sexually active. I shower every morning but by mid-day I can smell the odor. It’s not so much a fishy smell but just a strong odor. I use panty liners and wipes. Is there anything else I can try?

First of all, it’s great that you’re paying attention to your body! A change in odor can be a sign of infection, so it’s a good idea to make an appointment at Teen Clinic for a pelvic exam to make sure you’re healthy.  Even though you’re not sexually active, some infections like yeast and bacterial vaginitis can occur organically from imbalances in the body. Some of these infections may resolve themselves, but others require medical treatment.

At Teen Clinic, we recommend washing only the vulva (the outside of the vagina), and only with mild soap and water.  While wipes may seem like they help, they can actually upset the natural balance of the vagina.  Keep in mind that the vagina is a self-cleaning organ. Much like earwax and tears are parts of the normal functioning of the ear and eye, all females secrete moisture from the membranes that line the vagina. These normal secretions help control the growth of organisms—like yeast and certain bacterias—that are normal, healthy parts of the vagina. While everyone’s bodies are different, some amount of discharge can be expected.

Give us a call to make an appointment this week. Teen Clinic uses next-day scheduling, so you’ll want to call the day before you’d like to come in, as close to 9am as possible. Check out our hours here.