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I Have A Very Strange Vaginal Odor

Published: April 27, 2015
Dear I Have A Very Strange Vaginal Odor,

I have very strange vaginal oder, iching , burning , and bumps/pimples. i try to pop them but sometimes they hurt to much and the longer i leave them the bigger and more painful they get. I don't even like wear sweat pants or yoga pants to school or around my friends because the smell is SO bad it goes straight through anything even my jeans sometimes.


Dear I Have A Very Strange Vaginal Odor,

While TeenHealthFX cannot give you a definitive diagnosis over the web, it sounds like you might have a vaginal yeast infection, which is an overgrowth of a type of fungus called Candida (also known as yeast). Yeast infections can be common among women of all ages, with about 75% of women getting at least one during their lifetime. Vaginal yeast infections are not an STD and can be treated with oral medication, a vaginal cream or a vaginal suppository.

Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection can include:

  • Itching or burning

  • Pain or discomfort

  • Pain with urination

  • Vaginal bleeding

  • Vaginal odor

  • Vaginal discharge

Given your symptoms, and because FX cannot give you an accurate diagnosis over the web, we recommend that you meet with your primary care physician, gynecologist or adolescent medicine specialist so that you can be properly diagnosed and treated.

As for the bumps/pimples, do not try to pop them as they might scar or spread infection. Speak to your doctor about treating this issue.

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.

For more information, read the Center for Young Women’s Health article on Vaginal Yeast Infections or the TeensHealth article on Vaginal Yeast Infections.  

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