……. and my vagina is sensitive to certain pads and my discharge smells. I’m really worried and not sure what to do.
Thank you for asking this question!
It is important to know 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 . Some infections likes 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.
It is also important to know that some people may be more sensitive to different products. Pads or tampons that are “scented” can potentially cause irritation or lead to these type of infections.
If you have more questions, or want to see a medical provider to determine what may be going on you can give us a call at 303-442-5160