We understand that the last thing you probably want to deal with right now is vaginal discharge. Your vagina normally takes care of maintaining itself and shouldn’t require much maintenance. But sometimes, unusual vaginal discharge is a sign of a larger problem that requires attention.
Some changes to your vaginal discharge are normal and should be expected. For example, you may have a discharge of a different amount or consistency when you’re ovulating or aroused. If you’re pregnant or experiencing changes to your menstrual cycle as a result of menopause, you may also notice some variations.
Here at Cermak Immediate Care, our team of providers have the expertise to help you understand when your vaginal discharge is unusual and requires medical care.
A normal part of women’s health
It’s a simple fact that women’s health sometimes requires a bit of extra attention. That doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you by any means. However, you do need to watch for certain concerning issues when it comes to your vaginal health.
Reasons for unusual discharge
If you’re experiencing unusual vaginal discharge, this may occur for a few different reasons, including:
- Yeast infections
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Vaginitis, which may be caused by an external irritant
- Sexually-transmitted infections
A medical professional from our team can determine the root cause of your issue when you come in for an appointment.
Symptoms of unusual discharge
Some clues that your vaginal discharge may be abnormal include the following symptoms:
- Unpleasant odor
- Vaginal pain or inflammation
- Stomach pain
- Pain or bleeding during or after sex
Although all of these symptoms may feel very uncomfortable, fortunately, getting treatment as soon as possible can help them start to improve.
Why treatment at an urgent care facility is important
Even if you have a regular working relationship with another doctor, they may not be able to see you right away. When you’re dealing with something like unusual vaginal discharge, you probably don’t want to wait for a week or longer.
If you don’t have access to a general practitioner, you may feel nervous about having your first visit be about something as personal as vaginal discharge. While this is a common issue we diagnose often, you may not feel comfortable. However, It’s important to get treatment.
Here at our practice, we can address your issue appropriately and discreetly.
Home care for vaginal discharge
Some things you can do to help ensure the health of your vagina include the following:
- Avoid using scented products
- Avoid using douches
- Dry your vaginal area thoroughly after showering
- Wear cotton underwear
Scented products and non-cotton underwear significantly increase your risk of irritation and possible infection.
If you have unusual vaginal discharge, you probably want to have it resolved as soon as possible. Contact the providers at Cermak Immediate Care today or request an appointment online.