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Burning And Itching In Vaginal Area - Do I Have A Yeast Infection?

Published: February 06, 2015
Dear Burning And Itching In Vaginal Area - Do I Have A Yeast Infection?,

Burning and itching in vaginal area. Gets worse when period is about to start and during. Do I have a yeast infection? I'm too scared to tell my dad cause he will tell my stepmom and they gossip too much. I'm scared they will make fun of me.


Dear Burning And Itching In Vaginal Area - Do I Have A Yeast Infection?,

It is possible that you may have a yeast infection given that symptoms of a yeast infection can include itching and irritation in and at the entrance to the vagina, as well as a burning sensation in the vaginal area (especially while urinating). However, FX cannot make any kind of definitive diagnosis over the web. It is important for you to meet with a doctor so that he/she can determine if you are, in fact, dealing with a yeast infection and so that he/she can provide the proper treatment.

According to the Mayo Clinic, when it comes to yeast infections, you want to see a doctor:

  • If it is the first time you’ve experienced yeast infection symptoms

  • You’re not sure whether you have a yeast infection (there are other medical issues that can have symptoms similar to a yeast infection so it is important for your doctor to make a proper diagnosis)

  • Your symptoms don’t go away after self-treating with over-the-counter medications

  • You develop any other symptoms

TeenHealthFX is sorry to hear that you are reluctant to tell your father because you are worried he and your step-mother will “gossip” about it or make fun of you. It is important that you feel comfortable going to the adults in your life for help when you need it so that you can get the guidance and support you need. So if this is an ongoing issue between you, your father and your step-mother, FX recommends the following:

  • Tell your father that you need to meet with a doctor. You can either tell him right away what is going on or let him know that you are not comfortable telling him the specific reason because you worry that he and your step-mother will make fun of you.

  • Talk to your doctor about your concerns. It would be helpful for your doctor to speak to your father and step-mother and impress upon them the need for them to keep any medial issues confidential and to treat you with respect around them.

  • Have a discussion with your father and step-mother letting them know that it is hurtful to you when they “gossip” or make fun of you about things. Make it clear to them that this is hurting your relationship with them and making it hard for you to come to either of them when there is a problem going on. If the three of you are not able to resolve this issue on your own, consider meeting with a family therapist who can help all of you to address this issue together.

If you are really feeling that it is too difficult to let your father know about your need to see a doctor and to discuss this issue of potentially being made fun of for it, then speak to your school counselor and/or school nurse. If you are not comfortable addressing these issues with your father, it is important that you have an adult who can intervene on your behalf and let your father know of your need to see a doctor and the negative impact of the way he and your step-mother can respond to any issues you might be dealing with.

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.

If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area. You can also contact your insurance company to get a list of in-network mental health providers or check with your school social worker or psychologist to get a list of referrals in your area.

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