…This has never happened before. The discharge when I’m ovulating doesn’t even look like this. The smell of the discharge isn’t strong, it only smells weird on my underwear. I have been working a lot lately. Does that have something to do with it? I haven’t had sex for a little more than a year. I tried looking if it was a yeast infection but my vagina is not itchy and doesn’t burn while I pee. There are no other symptoms.
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.
It may be a good idea to make an appointment at Teen Clinic for a pelvic exam to make sure you’re healthy. 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.
Teen Clinic recommends only using mild soaps on the outside of the body, and never on the inside of the vagina. Douching and using soap inside of the body can offset the body’s natural PH balance. When you offset this balance, other infections that are not sexually transmitted (like BV) may happen.