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Hi, I masturbate but I stopped and now my vagina itches…….

……..I have clear sometimes yellow discharge. It’s not a lot and I have never inserted anything in my vagina. I’m scared if I have an STI or BV.

 

Masturbation can be a safe way to explore your body and learn more about your sexual likes and dislikes.  Masturbation doesn’t come with a risk of STI transmission or pregnancy, and it doesn’t require the same communication skills as being sexually active with someone else. Self-masturbation can also help you figure out your sexual boundaries and preferences before you become sexually active with others. Masturbation also won’t damage or harm your body in any way.

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.

The only way to know what is going on for sure is to see a medical professional. You can do this at our Teen Clinic. Give us a call to make an appointment! 303-442-5160

I’ve had yeast a infection for the past week…..

…….I’m not telling my parents that I need to go to a doctor because I’m scared that doctors can lead to the conclusion that I am sexually active. Help?

 

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

It is important to know that some of these symptoms could also be a sign of different infections, including a Sexually Transmitted Infection. If you notice a change in your body that you are concerned about, it is really important to see a medical professional to figure out exactly what it is.

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!

Give Teen Clinic a call to make an appointment! 303-442-5160

 

 

I haven’t had sex with anyone but for a while now I have this white yellowish gooey stuff in my underwear and I can’t figure out what it is. What is it and is there a treatment for it?

 

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.

If you are having discharge and you’re not sure if it’s normal for your body, it may be a good idea to make an appointment at Teen Clinic for a pelvic exam to make sure you’re healthy!

Feel free to give us a call at 303-442-5160 to ask more questions or to make an appointment.

Can you bleed when you have a yeast infection?

It is possible- let me explain!

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.

However, vaginal bleeding can occur for many different reasons.

Light bleeding can occur after a person’s first vaginal intercourse. Vaginal bleeding can also be a sign of an infection whether a sexually transmitted infection or an organic infection, like yeast (as explained earlier) or bacterial vaginitis.

So while bleeding could be a result of a yeast infection, it could also be many other things, so it would be a good idea to see a medical professional to figure out why this might be happening. Teen clinic can help you with this! Call us at 303-442-5160

 

My vagina itches like CRAZY, right after I shower even, but it doesn’t burn when I urinate. However I do shave down there, could that be the problem? If so how could I shave to wear it doesn’t itch 24/7?

Vaginal itching can occur for all sorts of reasons. Some people with a vagina may experience yeast or bacterial vaginitis infections after intercourse; others may experience a reaction to spermicides or lubricants.  Itching can also be a symptom of some sexually transmitted infections.

The most important thing is to see a healthcare provider if the itching continues. Teen Clinic offers free or low-cost and confidential infection checks if you’re under 20. Just give us a call to schedule for the next possible day.

I am 15 and I have been noticing that it sometimes burns while I urinate. I took a look, and it looks sort of red and has been very itchy…

 …I think it may be a yeast infection but I’m not positive. I haven’t told anybody and I don’t know what to do. Any advice?

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.

But burning with urination can mean a few different things, not just limited to yeast infections. So to know for sure and ease your mind, make an appointment with a medical professional by calling 303-442-5160. They will be able to access your symptoms and put you on a healthy track!

Does the vagina have a smell? And what exactly does a yeast infection in the vagina look like?

All people with a vagina have a vaginal scent that is normal for them. However, the scent will vary from person to person. Some people may have a stronger odor to their vagina, while others have a faint odor. The scent may also change throughout someone’s menstrual cycle; becoming milder and stronger at different points of the cycle. Having some sort of vaginal scent can be completely normal.

It’s important to note however that if someone notices that their normal scent changes suddenly, it can be a sign of infection. If someone notices that the scent becomes much stronger, seems foul, or is accompanied by a change in discharge, an infection may be present and a trip to the doctor would be recommended.

This is a great example of why it’s so important for someone to really pay attention to their body. When you know what’s normal for your body, it’ll be easier for you to know when something is abnormal.

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 have any other questions about the vagina or think you or someone you know has an infection, give us a call or make an appointment! 303-442-5160.

Can you still get an STI even if you haven’t had sex?

In general, sexually transmitted infections are just that—sexually transmitted! If you are not engaging in sexual activity, you are not at risk for STIs.

However, there are a few infections considered STIs that can spread non-sexually.  For instance, pubic lice (also known as Crabs) can be spread through wet towels, loofahs, bedsheets, and wet clothing. Pubic lice can live outside the body for up to 24 hours in locations that are warm, dark, and moist, which makes it easier for them to spread without sexual activity.  Additionally, according to the Center for Disease Control, 4% of all cases of Trichomononiasis are transmitted through hot tubs and wet towels.

Bloodborne STIs—like HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B & C—can also be spread non-sexually. This most often occurs during IV drug use, medical needle sticks, or blood transfusions that did not receive proper screening.  Again, it’s important to realize these infections would not be considered STIs in this scenario, since they were not spread sexually. (However, if you received them non-sexually, you could still transmit them to others through sexual activity.)

Last, it’s important to be specific about what we mean by “sex.”  If you are engaging in genital to genital contact—even if you are not engaging in penetrative oral, anal, or vaginal sex—you are at risk for some STIs. In particular, HPV, Herpes, Syphilis (when a sore is present), and pubic lice can all spread through skin to skin contact.

If you are experiencing symptoms of an STI but haven’t been sexually active, you may want to read a bit about yeast infections and bacterial vaginitis. These are organic infections—they can occur without being transmitted from anyone—but they can be just as uncomfortable as some STIs. If you are experiencing pain, bleeding, itching, or discharge, make an appointment to see a medical provider soon.

Thanks for asking this (slightly complicated) question!

Why do I keep getting yeast infections if don’t take birth control pills? Is this normal?


Great question! Yeast infections actually aren’t related to birth control pills at all.  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 are having repeat yeast infections, it’s a good idea to see a medical provider.  The nurse can help troubleshoot the reoccurring infection. She can also make sure you don’t actually have a different (but similar) infection, like bacterial vaginitis or an STI.  Thanks for being so aware of your body!

I am 15 years old and I have strong vaginal odor…

…I am not sexually active. I shower every morning but by mid-day I can smell the odor. It’s not so much a fishy smell but just a strong odor. I use panty liners and wipes. Is there anything else I can try?

First of all, it’s great that you’re paying attention to your body! A change in odor can be a sign of infection, so it’s a good idea to make an appointment at Teen Clinic for a pelvic exam to make sure you’re healthy.  Even though you’re not sexually active, 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.

At Teen Clinic, we recommend washing only the vulva (the outside of the vagina), and only with mild soap and water.  While wipes may seem like they help, they can actually upset the natural balance of the vagina.  Keep in mind that the vagina is a self-cleaning organ. Much like earwax and tears are parts of the normal functioning of the ear and eye, all females 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, some amount of discharge can be expected.

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.