I Think I Have A Yeast Infection - What Do I Do?

Published: November 24, 2014
Dear I Think I Have A Yeast Infection - What Do I Do?,

I'm 12 years old and I think I might have a vaginal yeast infection. I have a clear-ish and odor liquid discharge coming out 24/7 in between my period each time I have it. I don't know how to tell my mom and I certainly don't want my doctor looking down there! Help me!


Dear I Think I Have A Yeast Infection - What Do I Do?,

According to TeensHealth, common signs and symptoms of vaginal yeast infections may include:

  • itching and irritation in the vagina

  • redness, swelling, or itching of the vulva (the folds of skin outside the vagina)

  • a thick, white discharge that can look like cottage cheese and is usually odorless, although it might smell like bread or yeast

  • pain or burning when urinating or during sex

If you have any of these symptoms, or any other cause for concern, it is important to meet with your primary care physician, gynecologist or adolescent medicine specialist. Your doctor needs to better understand your symptoms so that he/she can make the right diagnosis and then recommend whatever treatment is needed based on that diagnosis.

Your doctor might take a urine sample or swab some discharge from your vagina to examine it in order to make an accurate diagnosis. FX can appreciate that the idea of this might feel uncomfortable or embarrassing, but it is important to remember that your doctor is a trained professional who deals with these kinds of issues all of the time.

It may feel awkward to deal with this, but keep in mind the most important thing is that you get the medical help you need when you need it. That said, TeenHealthFX recommends the following:

  • Let your mother know what symptoms you are experiencing and that you need to meet with a doctor.

  • If you are uncomfortable with your current doctor (for example, if you have a male doctor but would prefer a female doctor, or you have been seeing your doctor since you were little and would prefer an adolescent medicine specialist given your age), let your mother know that and explore some options of a local doctor with whom you might feel more comfortable.

  • When you meet with your doctor, tell him/her your symptoms and let him/her know that you are feeling uncomfortable about the appointment. Ask your doctor to explain exactly what will take place in the appointment. And if you have any questions or concerns, don’t be shy about voicing them.

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. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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