I’m 17 and sexually active with my boyfriend. We haven’t used a condom in a while and lately for a few months now…

…I’ve been having watery smelly discharge. It comes out randomly and sometimes it’s white but usually urine like. I tried douching and other things to stop it but it won’t go away. Could it be an infection? Std? I’ve taken Plan B before I don’t know if that has to do with anything. What do I do?

First of all, it’s great that you’re paying attention to your body!

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 bacterias—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!

With that being said, Teen Clinic recommends staying away from things like douches. We also recommend 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.

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 vaginitis can occur organically from imbalances in the body. Some of these infections may resolve themselves, but others require medical treatment.

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.