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17 With No Period Yet And Discharge That Smells Really Bad

Published: January 23, 2013
Dear 17 With No Period Yet And Discharge That Smells Really Bad,

Hi I am a girl, 17 years old, and i have not had my period yet (For most of my life i was slightly underweight, and not finished growing yet). For the past few months i have been getting a very large amount of discharge (milky white) and it smells really bad! I can't go 24 hours with showering, and it is really embarrassing. I have to wear odor-blocking panti-liners, and it still smells bad. Is there any way that i can get rid of this??? If i can't get rid of the discharge can i at least get rid of the horrible smell??? Thanks


Dear 17 With No Period Yet And Discharge That Smells Really Bad,

Most girls will get their periods somewhere between the ages of 9 and 15. The general recommendation is that if you haven’t gotten your period by the time you are 15, or if you started your breast development more than 3 years and haven’t gotten your period, a visit to the doctor would be a good idea just to make sure everything is okay. That said, TeenHealthFX recommends you speak to your parents about setting up an appointment with a gynecologist or adolescent medicine health specialist so they can assess why you haven’t gotten your period yet.

During your visit, FX also recommends that you speak to your doctor about this bad-smelling discharge you have been experiencing over the past few months. Having a strong-smelling vaginal discharge or bad vaginal odor could mean that you have a vaginal infection. So it’s important for your doctor to assess the situation and make a recommendation on what treatment would be best for you if you do have an infection.

While FX can appreciate that you are feeling distressed by this odor, we do recommend against using things like vaginal deodorants, douches or feminine sprays as these products can irritate the skin and can even cause yeast infections. Again, a visit to the doctor is the best course of action.

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 gynecologists or adolescent medicine specialists.

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