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Vaginal Diseases?

I'm 14, and my period hasn't stopped for like 2 weeks..
and I have discharge, and itching sometimes, but I've never had sex yet...
Which makes me scared, and going to the doctor seems embarrassing.. What kind of diseases or infections could I have?

my sister had the same thing... she never had sex but went to the gyno. turns out she had a cyst in her ovaries. i am not saying thats what you have... but you should really go see a doctor. its not normal to have your period that long. if nothing is wrong then they might put you on birth control to control your period... maybe you just have a really irregular period? Aside from the extremely long period, it seems like you could have a yeast infection. Go to the drug store and get Monistat. Does it hurt like you have to pee all the time but can't? Maybe its a UTI?? It's common to itch (a little) when you have a UTI. Take some cranberry pills and drink 100% cranberry juice if so. See a DR for antibiotics. AND TRUST ME... you won't have to guess if you have a UTI... YOU WILL KNOW! the pain is unbearable. Discharge is normal though... depending on the color. The vagina regularly cleans itself and thus, discharge happens.  (+ info)

Are there any other diseases that involve the same symptoms as vaginal infections? What are they if there are?

Got a pH of 6.0 on a vagisil kit and it indicates that it might be bacterioal vaginosis. I'm NOT sexually active. What else could it possibly be? I have a strong unpleasant odor, itching, and yellow discharge. My vaginal area is also sore.

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What are some of the vaginal diseases that are not sexually transmitted and that can be cured?

Vaginal Infections

"Vaginitis" is a medical term used to describe various conditions that cause infection or inflammation of the vagina. Vulvovaginitis refers to inflammation of both the vagina and vulva (the external female genitals). These conditions can result from a vaginal infection caused by organisms such as bacteria, yeast or viruses, as well as by irritations from chemicals in creams, sprays, or even clothing that is in contact with this area. In some cases, vaginitis results from organisms that are passed between sexual partners.
What Are the Symptoms of a Vaginal Infection?

The symptoms of vaginitis can vary depending on what is causing the infection. Some women have no symptoms at all. Some of the more common symptoms of vaginitis include:

* Abnormal vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor.
* Burning during urination.
* Itching around the outside of the vagina.
* Discomfort during intercourse.

Is Vaginal Discharge Normal?

A woman's vagina normally produces a discharge that usually is described as clear or slightly cloudy, non-irritating, and odor-free. During the normal menstrual cycle, the amount and consistency of discharge can vary. At one time of the month there may be a small amount of a very thin or watery discharge; and at another time, a more extensive thicker discharge may appear. All of these descriptions could be considered normal.

A vaginal discharge that has an odor or that is irritating usually is considered an abnormal discharge. The irritation might be itching or burning, or both. The itching may be present at any time of the day, but it often is most bothersome at night. These symptoms often are made worse by sexual intercourse. It is important to see your doctor if there has been a change in the amount, color, or smell of the discharge.
What Are the Most Common Types of Vaginal Infections?

The 6 most common types of vaginal infections are:

* Candida or "yeast" infections
* Bacterial vaginosis
* Trichomoniasis vaginitis
* Chlamydia vaginitis
* Viral vaginitis
* Non-infectious vaginitis

Although each of these vaginal infections can have different symptoms, it is not always easy for a woman to figure out which type of vaginal infection she has. In fact, diagnosis can even be tricky for an experienced doctor. Part of the problem is that sometimes more than one type of infection can be present at the same time. And, an infection may even be present without any symptoms at all.

To help you better understand these 6 major causes of vaginitis, let's look briefly at each one of them and how they are treated.
What Is Candida or a Vaginal "Yeast" Infection?

Yeast infections of the vagina are what most women think of when they hear the term "vaginitis." Vaginal yeast infections are caused by one of the many species of fungus called Candida. Candida normally live in small numbers in the vagina, as well as in the mouth and digestive tract, of both men and women.

Yeast infections can produce a thick, white vaginal discharge with the consistency of cottage cheese although vaginal discharge may not always be present. Yeast infections usually cause the vagina and the vulva to be very itchy and red............  (+ info)

is it possible for vaginal diseases/vaginal discomfort to be genetic?

my sister told me that vaginal problems run in our family, but im not sure if shes tricking me or not. i kind of beleive her because its happening to me, and my older sisters have it, and my mom too, and my grandma supposedly did as well.

I know of no vaginal disease that is passed on. Women of all ages have vaginal problems, and discomfort, such as yeast infections, discharges, and even herpes. But these are not from the genes, other than all of the people you mentioned are female. My mother had something, I did/do, my daughter does, her children do (all girls), but it is because we are women and sadly, women seem to have lots of discomfort in that area. As long as we keep it clean and make sure the men in our lives are only with us and not other women, you can be sure you will have less problems than other women who "sleep" around. There are so many diseases spread by intercourse, so it is especially important to be selective in lovers.
Welcome to the world of women. By the way, men have discharges, etc; not as much as we do, of course, because we have periods, etc. but they do have their problems. They just don't talk about them, and sadly, sometimes pass them on to us.  (+ info)

Is there such thing as vaginal diseases that aren't STDs?

For example, Trich is an STD, but is there anything with similiar STD symptoms that isn't an STD like for those who aren't sexually active.

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For STD testing, what kinds of diseases does blood work cover and what does the vaginal and penile one cover?

Syphilis, HIV and herpes can be detected with blood tests. Chlamydia and gonorrhea can be detected with a urine test or a urethra/vaginal smear. A Pap smear can indirectly test for HPV in women, there is no HPV test for men yet.  (+ info)

what are some serious vaginal diseases that 14 year olds can get and what are the symtoms?

any of the STD's including aids  (+ info)

i have a brown vaginal discharge but no diseases, i got off of my period a week or 2 ago whats wrong?

i need to know what could be wrong..no itching no burningf nothing but a brown discharge

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Vaginal Diseases/Infections?

Can you still get vaginal diseases/infections/STDs...etc, while using protection? If so, what other precautions can you take?

I have heard that the "female" condom is more protective of your overall area than the ones for men. How user friendly they are I do not know. There is always a chance of getting a VD, even with a condom. For instance Herpes. Because it can cover a larger area and you never know if you have come in contact with it unless it is plainly obvious. The only other precaution I can think of is abstinence? Which for the most part is unrealistic for the adult community.  (+ info)

Is it safe to use a vaginal lubricant and what kind is best?

I heard you can get a lot of diseases with lubricants. Is that true. For some reason I'm rather dry, I think it is my current bcp but nevermind that for now. Anyways. I heard astro glide is highly recommended. Or is that only an anal lubricant. I've tried a water based one and I didn't like it. Opinions and help please.

You're SUPPOSED to use lube!
It prevents friction, making sex more pleasurable for both you and your partner (don't use too much or you won't feel anything though), and reducing the chances of a condom breaking.
I like Astro Glide a lot but it's kind of expensive. KY makes fine lube, too. The generic "Your Pharmacy Brand" stuff can be sticky and gross though, I tried whatever I found in Safeway and it was like glue. Yuck.
Have fun and try stuff that heats up, cools down, etc. His&Hers from KY is fun indeed.
If you're using lube with a condom make sure it is water based. Don't ever use Vaseline, cooking oil (some people do...), baby oil, etc. because oils and latex condoms don't particularly get along. The oil can weaken the condom. Using these products can also irritate your vagina. As a general rule, if it's not made to be up there, don't put it up there.  (+ info)

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