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Vaginal and vulval problems - dos and don'ts

What NOT to do
  • Do not use bubble bath or shower gel.
  • Do not put disinfectant in the bath.
  • Do not shampoo your hair in the bath or in the shower where the shampoo could run down and become trapped in the vulval skin folds.
  • Do not use ‘intimate’ deodorants or apply deodorant to sanitary towels.
  • Do not squirt soapy solution or antiseptic into your vagina to clean it (douching) – the vagina cleans itself very efficiently, so douching in this way is not necessary, and may be harmful.
  • Don’t wear tight, elasticated ‘support’ pants.

What you SHOULD do

  • Use a detergent labelled ‘for sensitive skin’ for washing your underwear, and avoid fabric softeners.
  • Add two handfuls of ordinary salt to your bath water, or bathe the area with salted water (a heaped tablespoon of table salt in a sinkful of warm water).
  • If you are so sore that passing urine is very painful, pee in the bath, or wash the urine away from the vulval area using a jug of warm water while you are on the toilet.
  • Use an unperfumed soap.
  • Wash your hair in the sink, or by leaning forward into the shower.
  • Wear cotton underwear. 
     

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Monday, January 23rd 2017

 

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Posted by TransguyGlitch on 28/12/2016 at 06:19

The answer to any and all of these problems is to pay a visit to a gynecologist. Even if your parents ask questions, they are bound by oath not to share anything you tell them unless it is a threat to hurt yourself or another person. Tell them your symptoms, every last one of them. They may take a look. Even if you're a virgin, IT WON'T HURT THAT BAD. A gynecologist has better knowledge of these kind of problems than a GP.

Posted by HELP PLEASE on 09/12/2015 at 12:33

So I have been experiencing an itchy vulva for 10 weeks now. There is pain when I urinate and burning, itching, and a stinging feeling occurring at any time of day but gets especially bad at night that I often wake up and stay up for at least an hour till the itching is over. I am 13 and a virgin and have no sexual contact with a guy. I've recently seen a doctor before 2 weeks ago and they said I had a dry irritation with the vulva area due to using soap down there. They prescribed me a moisturiser as a soap substitute. It was working great for the first week, no itching at all, just a slight stinging feeling and then bam! Gone! I was so happy and glad because I was going on a vacation and I didn't want the itching while on vacation. But now, I am on the vacation and ever since I came on this vacation,the itching is back. HELPPPP! I really want to get rid of the itching before school starts, which is around 6-7 weeks. I've had a lot of whitish discharge recently, and the itching is getting worse. I think this is because I'm getting my period soon although I'm not sure.help please!

Posted by sss on 08/12/2015 at 05:15

I suffered from pin warms from my childhood.now im going to marry.but i my vagina descharging creamy lava.i heard tht men ara licking the vaginary.would it be affected to my marraige life.pls give me an advice to prevent.i used mebandazole n many such tablets n second courses also.but aftertwao weeks of second course the desease risen again.

Posted by ajokeade on 05/12/2015 at 08:42

This page gave me a lot of information on how I can take care of my viginal tanks so much.

Posted by Optional on 25/11/2015 at 08:31

Thank you for helping me

Posted by Optional on 23/08/2015 at 04:51

If anyone has a fishy smell with white discharge it is probably bacterial vaginosis and you need to go to the Dr asap they will give you antibiotics which may or may not work..make sure to take a pro biotic and don't wash your vagina with soap because it kills the healthy flora I hope this helps someone vaginal problems are not fun and a lot of them just get worse if not treated correctly.

Posted by gomolemo on 02/07/2015 at 07:50

i was 16 when i discovered that , white discharge are coming out of my vagina and i was still a virgin and still i am virgin i am now 19 and its getting worse . i have consulted a doctor twice but i haven't see any changes but now am using the cream the swore are getting better but the watering liquid and white discharge hasn't stop and i live in a rural area also from poor family .what is wrong ? help me out i even have lost hope of getting healed

Posted by Optional on 30/06/2015 at 10:57

Please am having wounds on my vagina.its like white coloured something and it is expanding.please help..and am still a virgin.

Posted by paulynah on 28/06/2015 at 08:34

i am 27 yrs old and i have two children,i have too much stretch marks on my stomach.what types of oil or medicine can i use

Posted by Optional on 18/06/2015 at 02:50

I have problems with vulvar burning, itching, swelling, etc. It happens multiple times throughout the year. I have been using coconut oil every day and am experiencing a reduction in systems. I use toilet paper to rub some on my vagina every time I go to the bathroom. Hope this helps!

Posted by Optional on 14/06/2015 at 07:52

Hie my vagina have been itchy for quit long time and every time l strach it l end up having my panty wet like l have pee in my panty and l always have stomach pains so plz l need help plz

Posted by anonymous on 11/05/2015 at 09:08

I'm 15 and a virgin. I've been having this itchy feeling around the area where I pee. Last night, I itched it so much to the point where on one side of my labia minora became swollen and big. But after I left it alone, it went down. But I'm still itchy around my peeing area. Does this mean I have a yeast infection or so??

Posted by pap on 28/04/2015 at 04:00

my vagina itches really bad since last month.I have rash on the vaginal walls.i see some white dots too.Last month i used my mom's underwear during my period.She had a rash.Bt i can not bear it anymore.I can not wear pants as it itches and burns.I haven't consulted a doctor yet.What should i do?Please help me.I am a virjin.My vagina discharges and it smells too

Posted by Optional on 21/04/2015 at 10:03

My vagina hurts when I wipe it, a simple touch is fine, it doesn't hurts until it is being wiped. also my urine smells and is really yellow, is doesn't burn when I urinate but hurts when I wipe it. I am not sexually active, I am a virgin. I also have a discharge that's clear answer Sometimes clear and white but I think it's normal because I had it ever since I was a little girl. What should I do with my urine problem and my vagina being sensitive to being wiped ? I've also noticed a cut near my hole but I haven't shaved in a while so where did the cut come from?

Posted by G on 16/04/2015 at 05:13

i am having bloody discharge for 3 weeks.. i had sex 2 months ago.. i am not pregnant.. i didnt visit the doctor because my parents do not know that i am not a virgin.. help needed URGENT

Posted by lonia SIMPHIWE on 07/03/2015 at 06:34

I was helped and im very happy with this things that you are trying to help me thanks

Posted by lulu on 28/01/2015 at 06:21

I have some rush under my tummy and under my boobs .It is so itchy in such a way that i scratch till i bleed .What can i do i have tried all i can and even got cansten cream from GP but not helping .

Posted by Optional on 15/01/2015 at 11:57

I really love what I have read it's really cool and it's helping me.

Posted by Optional on 17/12/2014 at 05:25

My vigina is red a swollen and get itch if I just lay in bed and don't do anything, I have sex 3 days ago what do this mean?

Posted by Optional on 17/12/2014 at 12:33

I just notice a bump on the left side of my vagina it doesn't hurt I have no discharge Also it doesn't itch should I b concern. And I am not sexually active

Posted by Optional on 11/12/2014 at 10:05

I have a sweet annoying smell in my vagina and I'm not sure if its good or bad. I always smell it mainly after masturbation and I don't know if it should smell this way or if it smells good or bad. I know that I feel uncomfortable allowing a guy to touch me there or give oral bc of it.

Posted by leah on 10/12/2014 at 08:15

I once had a protected sex with my boyfriend in december 2013 immediately after my mestruation,days passed and my next mentrual started ad immediately it stoped,a yellowish discharge started coming out weting my pant with a bad smell,i went to the clinic ad i was given medicine to insert in my vaginal but is didnt work,i bought again medicine vaginaolisis still no charge,i bought tablets to drink but nothing seems to work for me,pliz i need help its too much.

Posted by Optional on 28/10/2014 at 12:17

A few weeks ago, I had a yeast infection for the first time. I went to the doctor and the told me to take monistat 7. I did and my yeast infection went away. However, a few days after that I had sex for the first time. Ever since then, my labia lips have been itchy (very slight itching though). My discharge is normal and I have no abnormal growths anywhere in my private area. I've been tested for STDs and UTIs and I have neither of those things. Is it worth going to the doctor again? Because I don't know what I have.

Posted by mimi on 15/09/2014 at 08:10

Pls help. I had rough sex & trying for a baby (just off the pill & partner of 10 yrs) day after i bled and had painfull burning vagina and feeling of needing to wee even after weeing ( cultures n swabs all normal) been like this for 3months. The vaginal burning stpped when on a period then restarted again. I had one week of no vaginal burning but still feel full after peeing so think its 2 different things. Anyway 1 week of no burning i felt great ... getting bk to normal?? Then i had a vaginal ultrasound & she really hurt me proding my insides with the ultrasound probe. Now 2 days later i am still in pain from the US & worse than before. Im in pain & burning 24 hours. Dr says us result is normal so to take para & ibu for pain snd ref to urology. Im in so much pain/discomfort &worried. Csn anyone help? Thanks x

Posted by Marlene on 13/09/2014 at 09:15

It helpful.Thanks a lot

Posted by Optional on 11/09/2014 at 01:06

Still a virgin, which made it confusing but at least I've got more information from here. Just hoping for an end to the suffering :(

Posted by Optional on 08/09/2014 at 01:42

how about if I use the virginity soap to wash my down area, is it harmful too?

Posted by Optional on 26/08/2014 at 10:04

Hello.... As a lady I take care of myself as much as I can,but still I have infections from time to time,hope its not dangerous??pls is it possible not to have again...and if yes,how?... I'm itching presently inside my vagina,I'm trying 1 of d home remedies (salty water)...but I heard its not advisable??? I need preventive measures,I'm tired!!!!!...thanks

Posted by Optional on 21/03/2014 at 07:02

Is it harmful when you wash your vagina with warm water and salt?

Posted by Optional on 28/02/2014 at 03:26

too much discharge during intercourse.the bed end up wet with my yellowish discharge.any idea wats The couse of dis?

Posted by Matt on 20/02/2014 at 07:35

My vagina smells so bad and produces greenish thick substances that look like cucumber seed and feel like pepper seeds.pls i really need help cos it itches a lot that av had to learn to do widout scratching and it embarrassing too.i've never had sex before and i have this?geezzz

Posted by Lany on 15/02/2014 at 06:33

I am a virgin. Never experienced any direct physical contact to my vagina from a guy. A couple years ago i had a yeast infection and i wen to my doctor and it took like a year and a half until it went away. By then though, my lips are a little damaged by the itching. Now I get lumps and or pimples on my vagina on a regular basis and whenever I get too horny there is a very sharp burning sensation in my vagina right around where my period happens. It feels like I have a cut or something but I have looked and there's nothing there. My wall is still up and the hole is so tiny I cannot check inside without breaking it (i would prefer not too). Please help me! I had these problems for a while and I get scared to go to a gynecologist (virgin remember). Help me please.

Posted by martina on 30/01/2014 at 03:32

waw thanks alot you guys are awesome :-* ur anwser was just to helpful muaah kisses to yah all

Posted by Optional on 07/10/2013 at 05:33

It's really embarrassing but I have this um thing everytime I go like horny or like aroused I get this white creamy liquid of my vagina and its like has a very fishy smell to it but its not strong its just a little hint of like a fishy smell and I'm not sure what it is and is it harmful to me or my partner ?

Posted by rosa on 05/10/2013 at 04:01

My vagina began to smell a few months ago I have two children what can I use to help me? I've also noticed before I get my period within that week if me & my boyfriend has sex I start to bleed he noticed blood on his penis twice is this normal?

Posted by kylen on 29/09/2013 at 04:44

Okay I had sex tonight and We did it with a condom and I wanna know if I have and Std because my head hurts and stomach does to and I'm feeling sleepy please tell me what does this means"

Posted by Barshy on 28/09/2013 at 11:15

Please i seriously need help,i am a virgin i have never experience any sex before, and whenever my bodymove i always discover that something white and draw was discharged out of my vagina for the past 5 years, pleas i want a very fast solution to this my problem pls

Posted by Optional on 27/09/2013 at 09:31

Hi my vigin ist very itching and now it started to bleed idont know what to do anymore because i went to a clinic and they gave some pills but it hasnt stop so if anyone can help what wrong with my vigin plz

Posted by shreya on 15/09/2013 at 02:01

I noticed today dat i was bleeding nd i thought maybe it was jst somethng silly bt again at nyt wen i wipe my slf i notice dat there was stl blood after urinating wat is da prblm plz hlp me ..i am really scared :(

Posted by Optional on 13/09/2013 at 05:09

plz help me my virgina doesnt itch bt it smells so bad even afta i bath nd solid lyk fluids cum owt..wat shuld i do?

Posted by Optional on 12/09/2013 at 02:08

I m. 25 year old and intimate with my boyfriend After that I feel so mch pain in stomach, itching in vigina And pain during urine after few days automatically I feel relief. But today, again feeling pain during urine & itching Even I didn't intimate. Is it STD or something else is it something dangers.

Posted by Favour on 08/09/2013 at 11:24

I av a finger lyk growth near my virgina its nt painful bt its itchy... Am scared coz its emberrassin

Posted by Lounsky on 06/09/2013 at 08:07

My vigana itchies and has pink small pimples on it but am still a virgn am 13 and i missed 1 month menstruation what is happening?

Posted by Optional on 02/09/2013 at 03:35

Can the depo shot cause you to have painful intercourse?

Posted by Optional on 29/08/2013 at 04:40

I have this lumps that keeps appearing and disappearing.I went to the doctor and was told that its because i use my scissors for everything n to shave my private parts and because when its itchy I scrub it.So,I stopped shaving but stil they came back and now my boyfriend has them,what is it?

Posted by Optional on 27/08/2013 at 10:20

It's been so sore! I don't want to pee, I hold it in for as long as possible because the pain is quite bad. Even sitting on the toilet I hold it in. I went to the doctor the other day for a different reason and she asked me if there was anything else... I wanted to say "My Vagina is hurting" but my father was in the room :/ I really want to go get it checked out before my period starts, But I have no money. I can't exactly ask for 20 bucks to go to the doctor without them asking questions. I should tell my mother but it's so embarrassing!

Posted by Wrrd on 14/08/2013 at 10:31

I noticed today dat i was bleeding nd i thought maybe it was jst somethng silly bt again at nyt wen i wipe my slf i notice dat there was stl blood after urinating wat is da prblm plz hlp me

Posted by Monalisa on 09/08/2013 at 02:31

I have an uncontrollable and unbearable itch and after having sex with my husband he complains of itching and pimples.now he says hes scared cos he doesnt know wat it is and he doesnt want to have sex with me.once it went away after eating plain yoghurt.but its back

Posted by nyambura on 01/08/2013 at 08:43

i have been having a itching on my vigina wall and bad smell. what would be the cause. please help me its now 2 mouth.

Posted by Noxolo on 29/07/2013 at 09:21

I'm a women and m engage so its not easy to use condom with my fiance but i have problem when we had sex i feel the pain whem going to toilet and its several times i went to the clinic bt still the same please help me because we want children now and i dont enjoy sex

Posted by vicky on 04/07/2013 at 03:16

pls i noticed pure white mucus (different from normal) from my virginal..i feels dry during sex and i urinate often after sex! no sores,swoling or frequent scatching..jst once in a while ..pls can it be toilet infection! and if yes what drugs can i use?

Posted by yommy on 02/07/2013 at 12:17

my vagina itch me,and its bringing a bad smell that i dnt even like.......also its bringing out a reddish fluid

Posted by Optional on 27/06/2013 at 04:37

Thanx for the advise,i wish i will find a good doctor.

Posted by Flower on 24/06/2013 at 01:39

I hv dis water fluid cuming out of my vigina n i scratch myself n am pinkish n itz burning me so bad.i also dnt hv a child n i havent try n am afraid.

Posted by Optional on 21/06/2013 at 06:43

I wish I had seen this video when I was in my teens it would have been very helpful to me has I would have grown up without embarrassment and complex.

Posted by Optional on 20/06/2013 at 05:39

I am a virgin but my vagina msometimes after bath turn to have funny or painful feeling so I don't know is it because of a soap that I use or what can be the cause and no discharge come out neither I have pimples in my vagina I don't have rash there!if soap is the main problem so what do I have to use to wash my part?

Posted by Cassie on 19/05/2013 at 07:13

That was so nice but i don't think got the solutions to my problem

Posted by sarah on 06/05/2013 at 09:51

I feel a burning sensation when I urinate. What is the problem? Im 407yrs.

Posted by Optional on 04/05/2013 at 07:00

i have no sexual relation in any body but sometime my vagina pain.why? within 14 day ,two's period Why?in any problem.plz.tell me

Posted by Optional on 01/05/2013 at 08:56

Thanks xo much 4 d advice!!!

Posted by kayl on 19/04/2013 at 03:12

Is there any way I can stop water flow after my menstration period

Posted by margret on 18/04/2013 at 02:41

how can 1 stop palvic inflammatry disease?

Posted by Optional on 06/04/2013 at 11:39

i have been scratching my vagina during sleep for the past 3 years and i just cannot stop it because i go into deep sleep and i have no idea what im doing. i sometimes scratch it so badly that it hurts when pee or water goes over it. how can i stop myself from doing this and more importantly what is this condition?

Posted by Rita on 09/02/2013 at 01:57

I use to experience constipation a day after having unprotected sex with my husband. The next three days i'll experience sore at the back of my anus and it scratches me

Posted by Angelique on 11/01/2013 at 05:43

I was very sick with the Flu, I went to the doctor and got a prescription for the flu Tamiflu and I noticed that I had a yeast infection, so I decided to douche with apple cidar. Then I noticed I have developed bumps with white heads. Very painful, I then bought everything from a 7 day yeast treatment to diaper rash medicine. I was in worse pain I was on fire then I realised I was having a chemical reaction. So I decided that to stop it all wash with super cold water and I put neosporing on the bumps this seems to help. Can you advise me on what I should and should not do? I am reading that apple vinigar is something I should be washing with?

Posted by Optional on 03/01/2013 at 05:06

The symptoms are 1. smelly vaginal discharge.2.irritation.3.lower abdomen pain. Is it vuval candidiasis or gential herpes. how to confirm

Posted by Optional on 01/01/2013 at 07:52

I have noticed that most of the time,after having sex with my boyfriend,with or without a condom,there is always this sore at d downward outer part of my vagina,close to the anus.He normaly fingers me and sometimes give me a head!Am afraid that might be the cause.I noticed he has a bad breath which we are trying to fight,could that be the cause?is it advisable for someone with a bad breath to give a head?is that what is causing the sores?or is it that his fingers are infected?pls help..thank you

Posted by Chidinma on 19/12/2012 at 10:21

i have scratches and black spots in vagina but am still a virgin. i have used visita cream, nezedom cream, still no change. the worst part of it is that am getting married in one week time. i want is to clear before i get married. i don't know what to do. please can you tell me what to do now about it before itis too late. please Help!!!

Posted by Optional on 15/12/2012 at 03:51

Can mens sperms cause thrush.

Posted by Optional on 07/12/2012 at 07:51

I'm a lady of 35yrs,i started having sex wit my bf wen i was 27yrs.But what i noticed is that even before i started having sex wit my bf,i noticed i used to have itching in my private part and sometimes whitish and yellowish discharge used to come out of my vagina,and the itched part becomes whitish when itched.Though i complained to my mum,but she told me it was normal,and even the itching becomes unbearable,even now am still battling with the itching,such that the outer part of my vagina becomes whitish including my vulval.Presently,a friend recommended Nizoral tablets and cream which am still using.Please what do u think i can take to cure me of this,thank you.

Posted by embarrassingproblems.com on 07/11/2012 at 05:16

To Optional, 28/10/2012, see the section 'What to do if you keep getting thrush' at www.embarrassingproblems.com/problem/genital-infections/thrush-women and let us know how you get on.

Posted by Optional on 28/10/2012 at 10:46

I have reacuring thrush and have had for 6mths now, always around my periods. It seems to be getting worse each time and the creams etc have stopped working. Its the itch thats the worse as it wakes me up every morning and I try not to scratch but have too, then it gets that bad I have to take painkillers. Any suggestions?

Posted by Chika on 17/10/2012 at 05:01

I love ur advice god bless u

Posted by miss ayesha on 07/10/2012 at 01:42

i have got a white patch in my urine pkace and white watrey dicharge from the valva what should i do i have candida abcians infection with mild pyuria?

Posted by Optional on 14/09/2012 at 12:02

I have irregular menstruation. Could you please tell me if i have an infection or not. If yes, please tell me the natural cause

Posted by SELENA on 08/09/2012 at 08:24

i have a thing comming out of my vagina,it smells horrible,i am 11 i have not got my period.My mom said i have peed on my bed but my pant was not wet and i know i did'nt pee

Posted by mery on 26/08/2012 at 10:32

can any1 help me, i've had this vaginal infection for about 2 months now n nothing i do seems to work. I also have a vaginal cut on the outer labia so i think thats what is causing the infection to keep reappearing. Does any1 know how i can treat both pls help.

Posted by Optional on 23/08/2012 at 05:32

I have a very strange discharge, it crumbles and when I finish urinating and then wipe myself i bleed? Can anyone help?

Posted by Deborah on 07/07/2012 at 05:40

Yesterday my boyfriend had fingering masturbation on me and i had this thick light yellowish discharge and i will have this every time my boyfriend do that on me and it will just go after once or twice discharge and i do not feel pain or itchy. Is this an infection? Well, once in a while i will have white discharge and once in a while my private area near the public hair will have pimples and it is painful but after 3 days or so it will be gone. For your information i do not have sex with anyone for the past 5years. My 1st sexual intercourse was only with one guy and that was very long time ago around 6-7years ago. Furthermore i have this digestive system issue and i will always have stomach pain or gastric problems and i often go to toilet and eat a couple of medicine, does this affect it too? Just hope my case is not serious. Can you help me and tell me what can i do?

Posted by Angeline on 22/04/2012 at 06:18

My vagina is over discharging during sexual intercourse. this causes dissatisfaction because the penis feels like it is swimming inside water. What medication can be used to reduce this excessive discharge during sexual intercause?

Posted by Optional on 11/03/2012 at 07:57

After pelvic ultrasounds, urinary tract tests and antibiotics that show no infections or problems. I now believe I have this UVA pain syndrome and know that I'm not going crazy!!

Posted by Beauty on 22/02/2012 at 01:25

Very useful and helpful information, thank you. I will go and implement all that I have learned and i am almost positive that this will certainly work because I have a problematic vagina and vulva I suppose!

Posted by Optional on 15/02/2012 at 07:21

Dr. Stearn. Thank you do much for posting this. Your advice and info really helped.

Posted by Optional on 13/02/2012 at 12:18

I'm HIV positive and I always get discharge. It's usually thick and creamy, white kind of colour. It does smell a bit but sometimes it's a lot and I have to change panties often because it wets it a lot. Is it bad to have so much discharge on a daily basis?

Posted by Ouma on 09/02/2012 at 07:42

I have a vaginal problems,during sex i have many discharge that disturb me n makes me feel sorry because i dnt enjoy it.

Posted by jean on 07/02/2012 at 10:11

have very sore, lumps boils in vigina and buttocks very painful,when sitting walking they burst bleed then come back worst .Can,t have sex had for six months,been on antibotics creams to wash with use cotton under ware don,t add anything to bath please help as it is very sore

Posted by RG on 23/01/2012 at 08:20

Had thrush since last March with only 3 weeks relief during the 9 month suffer. It is thrush. It won't go away. I can't leave myself alone, that's my problem. I know all there is to know about this, but I just can't get rid of it.

Posted by Optional on 20/01/2012 at 01:39

I found this information useful as I didn't know not to wear under wear that isn't cotton.

Posted by Anonymas on 18/11/2011 at 07:19

I am 17 yrs old..i am never had any kind of sex..i had a burning sensation after urinating ever since i was 12.i stated murstabating this year..then recently this year i went to a doctor and i was told that i have a urine infection and i was given pills..but then soon after finishing my pills my vagina stated itching particularly on its mouth..does that mean i have an sti and does a urinary infection relate with sti's?pls help

Posted by bab's on 08/11/2011 at 07:34

some of it was helpful but , I get treated and it keeps coming back and i'm wondering if it 's related to my chemo maintance that I'm receiving .It's driving me a little crazy ,no burning when I go pee just real itchy after scatching then it burns .

Posted by Blah11 on 08/11/2011 at 07:16

I've been with my fiance now for over a year and I haven't got any STI or STDs doctors did tests on my general health and i'm healthy they said. Although a month after my partner and I started having sex I started having itching only for like 10 minutes after sex? and since May this year so the past few months I've been itching from soaps down below once again only for 10-20 minutes after I thought at first I was allergic to Condom's Latex, but then my period started stopping and my down below started to itch after using soaps in the shower but never in the bath? I thought at first I was pregnant due to other symptoms but i have no clue now.. which then i went to the doctor couple of months ago they said its normal for me to miss periods at this age but they've started coming back but the opposite to what i normally have.. so now i have a 3 day very light period? I have no clue what to think.. anyone help?

Posted by Worried luv on 03/10/2011 at 10:36

I got disvirgind by my bf last two months but he didn't penetrate vry wel nd the 2nd tym we had abt 6 rounds of sex afta that i startd havin itches nd i went to the doctor he said i have candida nd gave me treatments nd i had sex again with him abt 7 rounds nd it came bk i ve bin takin treatment since den nd my bf has gone 4 tests nd decleard free bt all to no avail bt it does nt affect my period nd my vagina walls re itchin lyk hell nd i also ve dis burnin sensation. Pls help me.

Posted by Frances on 03/10/2011 at 09:27

Am havin itches around my vaginal nd its gettin sore wat can i do?

Posted by Rebecca on 21/09/2011 at 11:40

Hi umm this is embarrassing but I have a small whitish discharge that doesn't smell horrible and notacible but it smells fishy. I am worried because I am thirteen and I masturbate atleast twice a day and even when I don't masturbate the smell is always there and it gets to me. I should be starting my period again soon but I sometimes get really bad cramps and it hurts when I piss. Sometimes it get really itchy while I am in school and I am really scared to scratch. Sometimes it also get seriously dry and I feel like I have to wet it so it will be comfortable again... What do I do, is something wrong? HELP

Posted by elzy on 17/08/2011 at 03:28

i have been surfering from recurrent thrush,and to make the matters worse,my doctor says i have gonorrhea even when am having protected sex and he ends giving me thrush medication.what should i do?he is realy stressing me.

Posted by anonymous. on 27/07/2011 at 04:56

I have ..a lot of hair down there lets just say that. and its so gross when i wear a bathing suit orr whateverr so i shaved it right? and i heard somewhere that to reduce the bumps and itching you could put lotion on down there. so i did. aloha pink lotion. NOW IT ITCHES LIKE HELL AND IT INTERRUPTS MY SLEEP AND ITS SO ANNOYING. this shiz better go away. :(

Posted by Lilian on 08/07/2011 at 09:58

I use to have a very sharp pain at the inner walls of my vagina during thrusting (sex) for 2yrs nw.i hav done vaginal test and doctor said is candidas but after treatment d pain during sex stil persist .pls i need help...since it have affected my sexual life badly

Posted by tiya mathur on 28/06/2011 at 06:32

After i clean my vagina with liquid tissue paper few days back my vagina gets red and very itchy plz tell me should i go to a gynocologist or nt

Posted by xyz on 21/06/2011 at 08:44

i m 26 yrs old. i v vaginal discharge. it is normal but sometimes it is very heavy, i can feel it wen it comes.its colour is alittle bit yellow. wen it happens for that one or two days i have a great pain in my waist. could u plz help me in this regard. i v consulted a homoeopathic doctor and taking mdcn. still its not working immidiateky . plz anyone help.

Posted by Optional on 20/06/2011 at 08:49

I'm scared i have this discharge today with blood on it.

Posted by Optional on 10/06/2011 at 02:58

Pleas help :( Been struggling with recurrent bouts of thrush for the last eight months. I'd never had it before, and the onset coincides with the time I started dating my new boyfriend. We both went for treatment. And didn't have sex for a month. We started having unprotected sex again and after each time I end up with thrush....what really does help is using 'betadine douche'....if I douche after sex I don't have any problems at all? Is it healthy that I douche up to 4 times a week? Every week? (I know people say don't douche, but it actually helps me?) I'm uncertain of what to do. Any advice would be appreciated

Posted by Optional on 08/06/2011 at 08:37

to hope... sounds like it could be an autoimmune disorder called vitiligo and if it is then your doc is right there is no cure, or way to change the color back. basically your body attacks the cells that make your skin the color that it is, thus making those same cells unable to produce color in the skin of that area...one of the most common area's for this is in the genital region. this link may help! http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/autoimmune-diseases.cfm#a

Posted by Optional on 05/06/2011 at 09:50

This is a solution,thx to y'all.

Posted by Optional on 01/06/2011 at 06:23

Stpd menstrating 7 days ago and saw blood on my pant after work.am still a virgin.but had sex wit my bf four days ago but he didnt penetrate inside........am scared

Posted by Me on 25/05/2011 at 04:01

I'm almost always itchy and my vulva looks kinda purple/red...also discharge. I'm a virgin, and I'm too shy to tell my mom. I always thought this was normal, but maybe not. Might mention it at my next physical, thank you!

Posted by Optional on 12/05/2011 at 08:28

i was 4 months pregant when i had an abortion.bleeded for a week and 3days.i started having itchy white discharge that smells reallly bad.it makes me aroused and very sensitive.am scared and i need answers pls help me.

Posted by Optional on 28/04/2011 at 05:32

im 14 yrz old nd d itchn startd sme 2 dayz ago.nd i startd my period bout 2yrz ago im confusd nd dnt knw wat 2 do

Posted by Loompycopson on 27/04/2011 at 09:47

I have noticed that u gave thin clear discharge when I wipe and it has no smell at all but when the discharge stays in my underwear during the day it becomes thicker and has a smell simlar to vinegar or mayonnaise.. Is there a problem I should know about?

Posted by Optional on 26/03/2011 at 12:28

I never had problems with vaginal infections or irritations until I started using the vaginal ring form of birth control. Ever since starting it I've had multiple yeast infections and I now have an UNBEARABLE itch! Needless to say I stopped using it and will be making an appointment to go back to oral contraceptives. On top of getting yeast infections myself, my husband has gotten thrush, most likely from me, several times. Using athletes foot creme works btw. I am using a combo of that and Monistat now to try and clear things up.

Posted by Brebre2themax on 20/03/2011 at 12:47

I'm 10 years old and I haven't gotten to my period yet,but when I became 8 I started having a liquid come out of my vagina.I never told my mom because im a shy person but I always wipe it off on my towel.But it always comes back!when I move it's comes out I hate my vagina wet PLEASE HELP ME I don't know what it is!!!!

Posted by haley on 07/03/2011 at 11:16

Thank u very much for the information on this site. Has put my anxious mind at rest. :-)

Posted by Optional on 27/02/2011 at 06:01

54 years old, menopausal, periods no longer regular. Have had vulval itching for about 6 months now. Diet plays a huge part, following anti Candida diet(no wheat, mushrooms, potatoes, sugars etc) strictly helps immensely as does cotton underwear and plain toilet paper and natural type pads and tampons.

Posted by Hope on 21/02/2011 at 05:24

Hello, Last year I noticed a white spot about the size of a quarter on my genitals (right vulva) and was determined to find out what was the cause. When I went to see my Gynecologist for my annual pap smear, she too noticed it and brought it to my attention thinking that I was not aware of it. When I told her that I had noticed it myself and was hoping that there was something she could prescribe for it to make it go away, she just simply joked about it comparing it to Michael Jackson's vitiligo skin problem and immediately said there was no cure for it whatsoever. I could not believe it! She was basically saying there was nothing she could do for me. Now my biggest concern is that it has gotten much bigger (practically covering the entire right vulva) and some have also spread to the left vulva. Is there anything in the market, perhaps a permanent SAFE skin colouring or dye for delicate skin that can be applied to cover these embarrassing white spots?? Can you please help me, for I am too embarrassed to show my genitals to my dermatologist who is not sure he would be able to help me in regaining my natural colour back and/or preventing the spreading. Much Appreciated, Hope

Posted by Optional on 04/02/2011 at 08:18

I lyk wat i read here nd i find them help ful thank u so much

Posted by worried on 31/01/2011 at 08:08

i havent had my period in a while but im not preg. and tonight i went to the bathroom and i had a brown-redish stuff coming out of my vagina not a lot but i jus want to make sure and it doesnt smell and i dont itch anywhere i jus need to know what to do and my partner doesnt have anything coming out of him so i was jus thinkin maybe im gonna get my period?? ive been stressed from missin my family back home but please HELP!!1

Posted by Optional on 29/01/2011 at 11:07

I had sexual health check done and the only thing it comes back with is thrush, i don't get any discomfort during sex or itching just a white discharge..i did the treatment twice but it came back. I read what to do and what not to do. so i stopped using vagisil, went to bed without knickers, washing only with water etc. but they never suggested these other things, so i'll try these. thank you

Posted by Optional on 28/01/2011 at 01:23

After wearing a scented pad overnight from my period, I woke up with a very itchy sensation around the opening of my vagina. I am now on the second day and I think it is spread to the outer lips, it is very uncomfortable, I try not to scratch it but it gets so bad that I can't help it. I'm not sure if this is thrush but it's all I can deduce and I have no medical to go to a doctor to find out. I just want the itch to go away. Please help, what can I do?

Posted by Optional on 21/01/2011 at 08:57

I get little bumps like white heads on my vulva. If I pinch them white stuff comes out like a white head does. Then after I do that it gets sore and itches for a few days. I havent had sex in about a year.

Posted by Anonymous on 19/01/2011 at 12:11

I just started having my period a little over a year ago and I hate it! A couple monthes after I got it the right lip of my vigina became REALLY itchy. It grew more then double the size of the right lip and a milky discharge that smells AWFUL began. It has gotten so bad I can't sleep and occationaly the lip will hang down so low it touches my underwear when I walk and it is really painful....the whole thing is dry and I've tried to cure it with yeast infection medicane and its otten better, but not cured. Then it worsens again. What could this possibly be???

Posted by Optional on 18/01/2011 at 12:30

hi im just alittle scared .. about four days ago i had sex with my new partner for the first time and yes i will say i did not use a condom which was stupid but it was in the moment .. anyways the day after i started get this irrating burning feeling like it hurt abit so i thought it was normal it would of passed but now im on day four and it still abit irrating and still burns mostly when i have to pee ,, so i dont know whats wrong is this normal??

Posted by Kate Daniell on 14/01/2011 at 08:05

Suffering with severe depression after years of issues with vulval psorisis have tried everything doctors apathetic so worried now am afraid to even go on a date please help

Posted by Optional on 09/01/2011 at 07:50

MY HUSBAND ND I LOVE ONE ANOTHER, BUT I CANNOT FIND A LUBRICANT THAT WILL WORK FOR US. IT SEEMS LIKE I HAVE SMALL CRACKS IN MY VAGINAL WALL THAT TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS TO HEAL AND IN THE MEAN TIME, BOTH OF US ARE MISERABLE. GOOD INFO ON CAUSE AND MEDICAL CURES. BUT NEED TO SAVE OUR MARRIAGE.

Posted by Optional on 20/12/2010 at 09:37

I am constantly getting thrush It is so uncomfortable. I have been to the doctors so many times because they say i have a problem with my ph levels. And at one point they found candida. sometimes it gets so bad and other times it goes but it suddenly comes back again. Its starting to really bother me. Most of the time I feel like i have this candida problem because when I am intimate with my boyfriend my discharge starts to crumble. It sounds disgusting well it isn't nice and it affects me but the doctors do not do much about it what could you suggest?

Posted by Optional on 20/12/2010 at 05:41

Lately i have been finding that i get vaginal discharge which to me is not normal; the discharge seems to come out by itself and it is in a cheesy texture and may sometimes be yellowish green in colour. it doesnt have a foul smell. and it is not painful for me to pee either. what annoys me is that when i have sex; it all comes out onto his penis and it is annoying. i dont want to go to the doctor because it is embarrassing. could someone help me.

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Posted by chebet on 16/12/2010 at 07:03

the information that you give is very helpful.thanks alot

Posted by Steph 91 on 08/12/2010 at 03:33

i had my son two year ago and since then i have been really itchy i have been to the doctors numerous times and still nothing has been found also i have a very strong smell and persistent water infection symptoms,hopefully you can give me an answer as its driving me mad!

Posted by pp on 12/11/2010 at 06:49

i have problem in having sex. my partner is unable to enter in. when ever he tries entering it hurts. i feel there is some tissue formation. what is the solution

Posted by cinthia on 05/11/2010 at 10:21

Hi my name is cinthia i live in UK and originally from Brazil,since my teens I always seen to have a discharge from my vagina and now I am getting to the point where I think that it could be more serious due to I'am always seem to be getting thrush. I'am sick of it I some times have to change my panty liners twice a day,also if I don't change it around the lips gets irritated and very itchy and sore to the point of me itching it too much ,texture thick and yellowish sometimes cottage cheese texture,when I got to the doctors all they say is oh that's normal, I also do all the test and always comes back normal but can they do more like check my womb???? helppppppppp please is also embarrassing having to clean myself every time I make love to my husband......

Posted by Kristine on 30/10/2010 at 10:03

I am 13 and recently my vagina has become red, swollen and sore. It burns a bit when I urinate, and I've had a weird whitish discharge. I've had this for a few days now. I'm scared to tell my mum as she is a/my doctor, and it's really embarassing. I think I have a yeast infection? What can I do to stop it, or do I need to seek medical assistance.

Posted by pregnant on 21/10/2010 at 03:18

i'm in my 3rd month and am 10 weeks pregnant. i recently had a check up w| my obgyn who had tested me for all sorts of std's, genetic disorders, & apparently a vaginal bacterias. she told me that i had some kind of vaginal bacteria that she would give me an antibiotic to treat during the next apt. my next apt is in a month because she wanted to make sure that i was out of my 1st trimester before giving me this treatment. she also said that this type of bacteria is linked to pre-term labor and low birth weights. that same weekend (coincidence or not) my fiance came to visit for the apt & stayed w| me. we had a lot of sex over the weekend & now a couple days later and my vulva is extremely itchy and sore. i haven't noticed a chance in my discharge because i've always had more thick discharge which is normal for me...i don't smell bad and i wash myself everyday in the shower. i don't know if maybe this itchiness is a symptom of the bacteria my dr. diagnosed me w| or if it is the result of vaginal ph upset caused by sex (unprotected because we're already pregnant) or if it is caused by my use of scented soaps in the shower. i'm going to call me dr. and describe my symptoms & questions...but does anyone have the same symptoms as me...no weird discharge, no weird smell, just an itchy uncomfortable vulva. i tried rubbing some vaseline thinking it was dry because i had a few dry patches on my lips but the vaseline didn't ease the itch. does anyone know of any over-the-counter treatment that's safe for pregnant women and effective in calming the severe itch?

Posted by me on 20/10/2010 at 02:49

i have a white discharge with no other symptoms what could it be

Posted by Optional on 17/10/2010 at 08:57

is it ok to use thrush cream for the uncomfortable itchy that comes with genital warts??

Posted by Optional on 04/10/2010 at 08:17

i think i may have this but im not sure. my discharge isnt thick most of the time its clearish sometimes it is abit white. it does smell but not alot not fishy at least but there is alot of discharge and it is very anoying to say the least. it makes me very uncomfterble in sexual situations. im not sure what i should do but i want it gone. anyway i can do that?

Posted by Divina on 04/10/2010 at 05:47

Three days ago i felt some itchyness and discomfort in my vagina specially the outer area and I also noticed a thin yellow odorless discharge. What can this be?

Posted by Optional on 01/09/2010 at 05:09

I am having a white and thick Virginal discharge for some time now. I do not have any itching, pain or anybad odour but it is always on my pants. i dont know what is it and what to do.

Posted by LLAADDYYT on 18/08/2010 at 01:53

I am 25 years old and I am 36 weeks pregnant, since I have been pregnant I have been having some yellowish, greenish discharge. My doctor has ruled out all STD's and he continues to say that it is just a bad yeast infection but everything he gives me to take(7 day yeast cream, metronidazole, and fluconizole) is not working, please help me what do I need to do to get rid of it?

Posted by mt2 on 15/08/2010 at 09:41

im itchy on the outside of my vagina, and i looked at it in the bathroom and there were little lumps. (i do not have crabs). does anyone know what is happening?

Posted by Optional1992 on 28/07/2010 at 11:04

i had thrush about a year ago which went after using a cream but since then i have had a little more discharge than normal which smells quite unpleasent. there is no soreness or itchyness or any pain while unirnating. within the last week i have had blood in the discharge and i dong know what it is. any help would be great

Posted by piscesgirr on 25/07/2010 at 08:18

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Posted by 420babii on 13/07/2010 at 05:57

I take a regular shower everyday and i shampoo in the shower.But i make sure i rinse my vagina very well.I do not douche.i do wash my vagina but not on the inside.i do take bubble baths though,i do not understnad how that could be a problem.Anyway.just treat your vagina like a delicate flower.play wiith her nicely.do not have sex with a bunch of guys..& everything should go better for you.lol.

Posted by Optional on 05/07/2010 at 02:08

Why is it that i feel very itchy on my vulva when i become horny

Posted by Optional on 05/07/2010 at 06:09

i am 14 years old and for the past couple of days there has appeared alot more discharge then i normal ever have. Is this normal ? is there something wrong ?

Posted by Optional on 02/07/2010 at 03:04

Im 16 years old and I used to have thrush but went to the doctors and now its gone, however for some time now i have been having discharge, this discharge smells quite strongly and wearing skirts is a big no, no for me! I suspect that it may be Bacterial vaginosis but i am uncomfortable and nervous about going to the doctor. Any other ways i can possibly try to get rid of it, ive had it for about 10 months.

Posted by Dawn on 27/06/2010 at 07:29

Every time i have sex with my boyfriend until a day or 3 at most, my vagina is quite sore, like burning sensation. Last night though we didn't have sex because he had no condom but played with me. So now i have a slight discharge, and its a bit yellow. my cookie has a burning soreness. its not unbareble tho just a tad bit uncomfortable. Can it be thAt i don't get aroused enough that im too dry.. ? or what.,im scared i have some infection but its only uncomfortable the day after sex.

Posted by Anon on 24/06/2010 at 12:34

Im only 13, and im so unhappy about the apperance of my vagina. My inner lips are huge and hand down it very uncomfortable and it makes it smell fishy. I also have this thick white discharge that makes me change my pants twice a day, whats wrong with me. I need help!

Posted by Optional on 22/06/2010 at 05:04

I just had unprotected sex with my boyfriend about 2 days ago .. I dont know if this has anything to do with it.. however, a thin mucusy discharge continues to leak out of my vagina. It's not just a little bit, it's a pretty good amount and it happens almost every five minutes. What could be wrong?

Posted by beth on 17/06/2010 at 06:22

I have had a like fishy smell for the past week now. I wash twice a day and it goes away for awhile and then comes back. I had bacterial vaginosis before and think it might be that again but the only problem is I don't have insurance or a doctor. Is their anything I can do that will help a little until I do find a doctor?

Posted by Embarrassed One on 16/06/2010 at 12:10

I have this white thick mucus drainage. Problem is I am sore down in that area. Sometimes I feel as though I have been kicked in the crotch.I also feel a bit swollen and sometimes my bladder is sore when I pee. Sometimes I'll feel this stabbing pain. What is this?

Posted by karen on 15/06/2010 at 03:28

to the 13 year old girl who posted on the 30 4 2010 hello do not worry about the inside of your vagina being wrinkly this is normal in young girls of your age.this is because the inside of your vagina is still forming and growing ready for adulthood.how ever you are to young to have sex so do not have sex untill you are older.this will make sure you will not gross your boy friend out takecare....karen

Posted by Optional on 12/06/2010 at 03:55

I've found eating yoghurt helps prevent "thrushy stuff" and apparently live natural yoghurt on the itchy area can help too although I've never tried it. I also find that I'm more likely to get thrush if I've been eating lots of wheat - marmite on toast is now a rare treat! Hope that helps.

Posted by Optional on 04/06/2010 at 02:22

whenever i have unprotected sex with my bf my vagina itches very badly. is it a symptom of STD?

Posted by Doid on 28/05/2010 at 01:50

I Have A Huge Lump On My Penis. It Itches Extremely Bad And Is Leaking Out A White Fluid. Should I Go See A Doctor?

Posted by Emily on 24/05/2010 at 02:03

I had unprotected sex with a guy and now my vagina starts to produce a very stinky brownish liquid and it really scares me i don't want to go to any doctor since this is really embarassing and i dont want my family to know what i did. There are no other symptoms thought can you tell me what might be going on

Posted by Optional on 21/05/2010 at 02:43

that was very helpful thanks x

Posted by Optional on 05/05/2010 at 02:09

does natural yoghurt treat thrush or have any benefits?

Posted by :) on 30/04/2010 at 08:30

My vagina is wrinkley when I open my legs. I'm only 13 this should happen to old women not me? I dont understand I'm soooo self conscious about it. Is it gonna fix as my hips get bigger? or what? What happens when i go to have sex? I dont want my boyfriend to get grossed out?

Posted by Optional on 15/04/2010 at 10:04

after sex, my boyfriend usually has bloody mucus on his penis, its not blood, it looks like little clots, and it doesnt continue on later. Ive been having sharp abdominal pains and in the lower back, kind of irratates my bowels, makes me feel like i have to go, but i really dont. And ive bin having thick thick white discharge, no smell or itch or wierd color either. And just a couple days ago i had a bump under the skin, not visible on outside, but along the pubic hair line and the thigh, like the pelvic bone kinda.

Posted by Ms Sol on 03/04/2010 at 05:23

I have regular bouts of thrush, at least once a month, normally before ovulation. I have found i am sexually aroused and i produce some moisture at the start of intercourse but for about 6 months now i find i become dry after a while. I have looked at this site and came across the Ostrogen tablet. Could this help my condition? Ms Sol

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