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(NSFW?) Females -- can you help me figure out what is going on "down there"?

Asked by ado30 (7 points ) September 24th, 2010

I’m a 22 year old woman, I have sex on a semi daily basis. Same partner, we don’t use condoms, and I’m on birth control. Anyhow, in the past few months, I have been having the same thing happen every couple weeks. I haven’t really noticed a pattern. It tends to start out of the blue. But the most recent time, it started right after I was wearing new underwear…and I know some underwear can irritate you down there.

So what I’m experiencing is a slight itch that tends to linger around. I have never had a yeast infection but from the descriptions I’ve read of them, it doesn’t seem to be one. I’ve also had a little bit of different discharge. Not anymore than is normal for me, but it has been a little more white and slightly “chunky”...sorry. ew. i know. It’s not very chunky, just a little. It doesn’t smell.

I don’t have insurance so if going to a doctor can be avoided, I’d like that. It only lasts a few days usually. Any ideas? Anyone experienced this?

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DrasticDreamer's avatar

It’s most likely either a yeast infection (they can vary in severity and symptoms) or bacterial vaginosis – which can also vary in severity and symptoms. If you want to know for sure, you’re going to have to make a trip to the doctor’s.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Are you pregnant? Have you checked? Also there are over the counters meds these days that have a stick or something in them which checks if you have a yeast infection.

MissAusten's avatar

Is there a Planned Parenthood or other clinic you can visit? They often have a sliding scale for fees, taking your income and lack of insurance into consideration. It can be much less expensive than seeing a regular gyno.

You could have some sort of bacterial imbalance, an STD, a mild yeast infection, or even just a regular hormonal change. It isn’t something to ignore, just in case. At the very least, call a doctor or clinic, describe your symptoms, and ask if they feel a visit is necessary. I’d first suggest you call whoever prescribed your birth control pills. If it’s a doctor and they say you need an exam and tests, you can then schedule an appointment with a clinic that may cost less.

laureth's avatar

Does it happen more often when you have more sex? Sometimes, just sheer frequency (combined with the pH balance being skewed by plentiful semen) can be irritating.

YARNLADY's avatar

Wash the area often (several times a day) and talk to a pharmacist about an over the counter remedy.

faye's avatar

You can buy Caneston otc and give it a try- one tablet to insert vaginally and some soothing cream. It can’t hurt you, except maybe not having sex that night.

xjustxxclaudiax's avatar

Make sure you wash every pair of underwear that you buy, even if its new out of the bag/or box..Also make sure you keep yourself dry down there, drink lots of water and wash properly each time you take a shower. I dont think its really out of the ordinary, As women get older, their body changes, even down there…so unless it hurts or smells really bad, you shouldn’t worry…for the itch tho…maybe your just allergic to something..Ask your doc about it.

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

One thing….that might help, too. Always wash your lingerie in chemical-free, gentle soap. Sometimes the chemicals used in regular laundry can irritate the body.

EmptyNest's avatar

Yeah, it’s a yeast infection. You should go to your doctor and ask for “Diflucan” It’s a ONE dose pill that will clear it up. You can also add acidophilus to your diet which will help keep it under control. (the ingredient found in yogurt) Make sure you wear cotton crotch panties. Hope this helps. :-)

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