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Symptoms of a Yeast Infection or Something Else?

Published: October 31, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Female 18 First started w/ burning when I peed Bad smell that would come and go Now itching And now it takes concentration to pee My clitoris randomly hurts My discharge ranges... Clear, white, recently yellow? I was diagnosed w/ a yeast infection & there's been a lot of trouble getting rid of it. I had sex because I thought it was gone but the sex was very painful. Are all these symptoms from a yeast infection or could I have something else?
Signed: Symptoms of a Yeast Infection or Something Else?

Dear Symptoms of a Yeast Infection or Something Else?,

It is possible that these could be symptoms of a yeast infection, however, it is highly recommended that you see a physician. While itching, discomfort, and discharge could be caused by a yeast infection, it is less likely that you would have difficulty urinating due to a yeast infection. These symptoms could also be a from a urinary tract infection, vaginal bacterial infection, or from a sexually transmitted infection, any of which will require medical treatment. Your doctor will likely test your urine and perhaps do a swap of your vagina to determine the cause.

It would be best for you to refrain from sexual activity until you see your doctor. If you do currently have a sexually transmitted infection, you risk passing that to your partner. Using a condom during every sexual encounter is also recommended to protect you in the future. 

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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