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Question: Darkish yellow discharge with smell

 bella198425 - Sat May 30, 2009 11:07 pm

I'm a 25 year old female.. I'm very clean. I have no sexual partners.. I'm not on birth control or any other medications. I get checked up regularly. For the past few months I've found my discharge is darker like a yellow to a light brown and way stronger than it was before... It's embarrassing to be around people.. I have no other symptoms than this. any suggestions?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:17 pm

User avatar Hello,
Vaginitis can occur without any sexual encounter. It results from a change in the pH which results in an overgrowth of yeast, response to an irritant such as soap or other chemicals, or it can be from bacteria, possibly from the rectum. Because of this you should always wipe from front to back.

Yeast infections are particularly common if you have been on antibiotics which destroy not only the bad bacteria, but also the good bacteria that maintain a normal flora of the vaginal tract. These infections are usually not sexually transmitted, are often associated with itching or burning sensations. These can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medication but it is important to get an accurate diagnosis first since treatment differs depending on the actual cause.

Be sure to bathe or shower daily, using a mild soap or cleanser such as Dove, Neutrogena, or Ivory. Wear only cotton underwear (or at least cotton crotch) since nylon traps moisture and does not "breathe". It is not advised that you douche since this can further disturb the delicate balance.

Good luck.

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