…..I’m afraid to go to a doctor & to tell my mom about it …Are there any ways to get rid of this myself ?
Thank you for asking us!
Yeast infections can occur (and can be common) for someone who has a vagina. Yeast infections are not considered an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection). But what is a yeast infection? Yeast is a natural part of the vaginal flora, existing in balance with different types of bacteria. Sometimes yeast can overgrow—this is what we call a yeast infection. Yeast overgrowth can occur for many reasons, including illness, recent antibiotic use, poor vaginal hygiene, and eating too much sugar. Symptoms of a yeast infection can include itching, burning, bleeding after intercourse, and an increase in white, clumpy discharge.
If you think you have a yeast infection, the best thing to do would be to see a medial provider. This way, they can make sure it is a yeast infection and give you treatment to make it go away.
We understand seeing a medical provider may seem intimidating, but Teen Clinic offers a non-judgmental and confidential environment. And while we always encourage everyone has an adult they can talk to about these things ( that may be a parent, guardian, older sibling, teacher, etc) it is the law in Colorado that teens can access sexual health services without their parents notification. That means you can come into our clinic to receive treatment for a yeast infection, and we wont share that information!
Yeast infections can happen naturally to anyone, and they are nothing to be ashamed of! We hope you either talk to a trusted adult or call our clinic at 303-442-5160! We are here for you!