Oops! Problems ''Down There''That You Shouldn't Ignore
Aug. 09, 2019
Problems don’t go away by avoiding or ignoring them, so if you notice any of the following symptoms, see a doctor as soon as possible:
#1 It’s itchy.
If you suddenly notice your southern regions are feeling itchy and irritated, you could be at risk of a yeast infection or an STI. It could also be characterized as vulval dermatitis, which can be caused by soap, detergent, or a fabric that produces an allergic reaction to your sensitive skin.
Depending on the cause, the itchy sensations could come with redness, inflammation, or a visible rash, which won’t go away simply by doing nothing. Get a pap smear and a full physical examination to rule out the possibility of an STI before it spreads or causes further complication.
#2 It burns when you pee.
If you start dreading using the washroom due to a painful burning sensation when you pee, you could have a urinary tract infection. A urinary tract infection or UTI is one of the more common complaints from women. UTIs are characterized by the frequent persistent urge to pee and a painful burning sensation that follows.
The condition is essentially a bacterial infection that can be caused by improper hygiene, sex, and also certain medications like antibiotics. It’s imperative to get a medical diagnosis if you notice this symptom of a potentially serious infection.
#3 It smells funny.
If you’re noticing a foul smell coming up from down below to say hello, you could be dealing with a bacterial infection known as bacterial vaginosis. The main symptom of this condition is a sour or fishy smell that can be quite strong and pungent.
This condition is characterized by an abnormal production of bacteria in the vagina that causes inflammation. You will more likely notice the smell when using the bathroom, after or during sex, or during menstruation. This can be caused by leaving a tampon in longer than directed, douching more than recommended, smoking, and high levels of sexual activity.
Getting into the doctor’s office will help ensure that you don’t have to suffer the horrible smell for much longer. Your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic that will clear it up within a couple of weeks.
#4 Abnormal discharge.
Vaginal discharge is a natural secretion that your body produces to cleanse the vagina and keep it at an optimal pH level. It’s normal for your discharge to change throughout your menstruation cycle, from watery and clear, to thick and cloudy colored.
However, when the discharge is the consistency of cottage cheese with clumpy white chunks, you have a more serious concern on your hands. This white clotted discharge is a characteristic of a yeast infection, which is caused by a fungus known as candida.
Yeast infections can be caused by a variety of things, including taking medication such as steroids, antibiotics, and pain medication, or caused by an illness, chronic stress, and/or drug abuse. This infection is contagious, and therefore, it’s supremely important to get treated before having sex with your partner.
Discharge that is abnormally excessive, frothy, greenish, or yellow, can indicate an STI such as trichomoniasis, chlamydia, or gonorrhea. These are even more serious conditions, and require immediate assistance to ensure no further complications. Brown discharge that is spotted throughout the month and not around the time of your period can be caused by a serious issue like cervical complications or fibroids. If you pay no attention to this problem, you could be ignoring cancer, or an issue that could cause infertility.
#5 It bleeds.
If you notice red or brownish blood on your underwear or when you use the washroom, you could have a serious concern. Bleeding can be caused by hormonal imbalances, birth control, or menopause. Blood that only appears after intercourse can be a sign of a cervical problem or the human papilloma virus (HPV).
If you’re pregnant and notice bleeding, get yourself to a hospital immediately, as this could be a miscarriage. Bleeding can also signify an ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine fibroids, or endometrial cancer. For these reasons, vaginal bleeding should not be taken lightly or left to clear up on its own.