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Daily Discharge From My Vagina - Should I Be Concerned?

Published: February 11, 2013
Dear Daily Discharge From My Vagina - Should I Be Concerned?,
I seem to always have discharge coming from my vagina... Not a lot but a decent amount everyday. It's white, sometimes sticky. I know some discharge is normal, but this is everyday. It also has a slight ammonia like smell to it. Should I be concerned? Go to a gynecologist? I've never had sex, IF that's relevant at all... (as far as being an STD)

Dear Daily Discharge From My Vagina - Should I Be Concerned?,

A white, odorless vaginal discharge at any time of your menstrual cycle is completely normal. Sometimes it might be even more noticeable at different times of the month, such as around ovulation or just before your period. This discharge just means that your body is making hormones and your uterus is getting ready to have periods.

Reasons for concern when it comes to vaginal discharge can include:

  • discharge that has an odor
  • pain, itchiness, or burning in your genital area

If you have vaginal odor or itching along with the discharge, it might mean you have a yeast infection (something that can occur whether a person is sexually active or not). This would not be the case for you, but if someone has been sexually active, it could also be the sign of an STD.

A slight odor doesn’t necessarily mean there is problem, but it is hard for FX to know over the web. Given that your discharge has some odor to it and you seem to be concerned by this, FX would recommend that you speak to a doctor about it. You could speak with your primary care physician, adolescent medicine specialist, or gynecologist. By meeting with your doctor, you can get treatment if you do happen to have a yeast infection (yeast infections can be easily treated, so not to worry if you do have one) or peace of mind in knowing that everything is okay if you do not.

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.

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