…………I have also never been sexually active. Can these things just be apart of life or should I be worried?
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.
In addition, having a heavy flow can be perfectly normal, everyone has a different flow during their cycle. If you feel like your flow has changed or isn’t normal for your body you can talk to a medical professional. It would also be good to talk to a medical professional if you feel like you are having a change of discharge and itching.
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