…..it sometimes smells. I’m 15 and don’t want to go to the doctors because I don’t want them to say it could be from sex in front of my mom
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.
If you noticed a change in odor and/or discharge, it can be a sign of infection. 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. 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 as well.
What is also important to know is that in the state of Colorado, the law says that minors have the right to access any sexual healthcare without the consent or notification of their parents. That means they can start a birth control method, get tested for STIs, or get any other sexual healthcare without their parents being involved at all. In fact, it’s illegal for clinics to share sexual health information with parents (or anyone else!) without an individual’s permission. Teen Clinic offers free or low-cost and confidential sexual health services.
With that being said, Teen Clinic encourages teens to have a trusted adult in their life that they can talk to about their sexual health- whether it be a parent, a teacher, a coach, or an aunt or uncle. But we also understand that teens might not have someone they can talk to. That’s why Teen Clinic offers a safe and confidential space for teens to get the information and/or care that they might need. Many teens bring their parent or guardian with them to their appointment, but it is not required!
So, you can come into Teen Clinic to see what might be going on, and all of your information will remain confidential. Give us a call to make an appointment! 303-442-5160