7:34 pm - 04/20/2006

seemingly constant discharge?

For some reason, I always seem to have a yellowy-white discharge. I treat it with Canesten (and in the hospital since it's covered by OHIP, Monestat) every now and then, and it goes away temporarily (as in, a few days) but then comes right back. Do you know how annoying it is to be constantly putting kleenex between your labia? Because having something lining my underwear isn't enough. It'll go onto it and all I can feel is wetness so I'm never sure if I'm leaking urine, just got my period, or if it's the discharge. So I put toilet paper or kleenex between the skin to keep my panties dry. Sometimes I'll just give up and put my divacup in for a few days, especially if I'm going somewhere where I won't be able to run off to the bathroom every few hours when I feel the tell-tale wetness.

It really is annoying though. I'm wondering to what extent I surpass what's 'normal'? I mean, should there be discharge running out of your vagina all day and night long, grossing up your pretty panties and stressing you out because you're not sure if it's soaked through to your pants?

I just don't know what to do about it anyore. I probably use more kleenex in my underwear than I use to blow my nose, because I can't afford to be buying pantiliners for every single day of the year (but also because the wetness stays on the pantiliners and then I can still feel it and I panic).

Oh, I'm also fifteen years old. In case that has anything to do with it.

Sigh. Any ideas?
merieljfp 20th-Apr-2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
How long did this happen before you started using kleenex so much? Yellowy-white discharge is normal. Maybe you should stop doing this for a while. You could be drying out your vagina or irritating it with the kleenex. I'm not sure. I've never heard of an "extra discharge" disorder. We go through different cycles all the time. i'm familiar with the "did I just start my period??" feeling. It's annoying, but I don't know. See what others have to say. Good luck.
alovelytale 20th-Apr-2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
Honestly? I can't remember. My memory is completely shot due to mental health reasons, and a good few years of my life are in the dark.

I have, however, gone for a few days without using anything down there but never lasted as long as I had planned because I'd just completely soak through my underwear, and I'd get fed up and put something back down there.

I'll try to keep a closer track of the discharge with my period though, see if that uncovers anything. ^^
merieljfp 20th-Apr-2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
Also um, you shouldn't use Monistat without having a yeast infection diagnosed by a doctor/GP/gyn. Does your vagina itch? Does it smell funny? I think maybe you should go to a doctor. It doesn't sound like you have a yeast infection (I'd assume you'd complain about itching or smell, which aren't always symptoms). But in any case, don't use Monistat; I don't know what Canesten is. That could be effecting your body as well.
alovelytale 20th-Apr-2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
I was prescribed the Monistat while in-patient at the hospital, so I assume they gave it to me for correct reasons. Canesten is basically the same thing, just cheaper and produced by a different company, and well, I took it on my mom's recommendations who based it solely off experience. Lol.
autumn_sylver 21st-Apr-2006 01:28 am (UTC)
"Yellowy-white discharge is normal."

I don't think you should be telling people it's normal when it could be other things as well, like an STD.
merieljfp 21st-Apr-2006 02:03 am (UTC)
OK, point taken. However, "All women have some vaginal discharge. Normal discharge may appear clear, cloudy white, and/or yellowish when dry on clothing."
So, can I edit myself and say "Yellowy-white discharge may be normal"?

From http://www.mckinley.uiuc.edu/handouts/vaginal_discharge.html

Other:
http://www.embarrassingproblems.com/vaginal_discharge.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/teens/girls/sexloveandlife/atozofyou/sexandbodyfiles/discharge.shtml
sweetseadragon 20th-Apr-2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
hmm...

if you're sexually active, have had regular exams and paps you're probably fine. i've always had a lot of discharge ever since i can remember...maybe that's the same for you.

if you have serious concerns maybe it would be worth it to talk with a dr. or nurse?
alovelytale 20th-Apr-2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
Not sexually active and never had a pap smeer...smear...sp?

I'm moving in about a week, so I guess when we are on the hunt for doctors I'll bring up a gynecologist.
sweetseadragon 20th-Apr-2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
Perhaps you are just a very "moist" individual. I'm not a dr. though, so talk with one when you get a chance. good luck!
esme 20th-Apr-2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
I had a similar situation until I started BCP. Maybe you could go to your gynecologist (if you have one) and ask what you can do about the discharge if you don't want to go the BCP route yet.

Sorry that this wasn't very helpful. Good luck!
alovelytale 20th-Apr-2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
Not from the discharge, but I have leaked through to my pants on my period. So I guess it must just be paranoia playing through?

What you said must be true though, that some people are just really wet. I do have sweating issues (meaning I sweat really easily and excessively) so I guess my body just likes to release fluids. (Oh, I also pee about a dozen times a day =P)
kitten_nya_nya 21st-Apr-2006 12:20 am (UTC)
I remember when I leakid in school. There was a giant patch of red blood on my grey school skirt. Not very flattering. That has got to be the most embarassing day of my life.. especially when one of the male teachers walked in while some one was cleaning my skirt and I was sat there in my undies.
kitten_nya_nya 21st-Apr-2006 12:30 am (UTC)
haha! I dont know how many times I've ruined bedsheets! You should see my old mattress... YUCK!
frolicnaked 21st-Apr-2006 06:06 am (UTC)
Don't feel too bad, then. I've had discharge -- perfectly normal and healthy discharge -- not only leak through to my pants but also leak through my pants... on more than one occasion.

Cloth pantyliners -- without the plasticky stuff on the bottom, so they're breathable all the way through -- can help. (Here's a link to some tagged VP posts about cloth pads, so you can check them out further if you'd like to do so.)

Going pantiless whenever possible also helped me. I don't think it actually reduced the amount of fluid, but it might help it evaporate (?) more quickly.
rockstarbob 21st-Apr-2006 01:03 am (UTC)
Pantyliners seem like a much better way to go than Kleenex, that's for sure!

OP, have you tried them before?
alovelytale 21st-Apr-2006 01:31 am (UTC)
Yeah. The ones I've tried don't absorb though so it all just sits there which is really uncomfortable.
paintedblue120 21st-Apr-2006 04:52 am (UTC)
me too. I have the same problem. I have a lot when i ovulate and I always soak through my panties. I wear a pantyliner and so far I've never had an accident where it got soaked to through to my pants.
queensugar 21st-Apr-2006 12:15 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, a creamy white discharge, even with a yellow tint, can be very normal. As long as there are no other symptoms (itching or a foul odour), it's probably normal.

In my experience (and I'm sure I've read about this elsewhere, though I don't have any links handy), many teen women go through periods where they have a large amount of discharge. When I was about your age, I also had constant dampness going on down there... it just never stopped! However, that started going away when I was about 18, and now I have very little.

Next time you go to a doctor with this problem, have them test for yeast. If it turns up negative, I suspect this may just be a normal discharge pattern for you. It could very well change as you grow (a LOT of things about your cycle and discharge change as you enter your twenties), or it may not.
queensugar 21st-Apr-2006 12:16 am (UTC)
By the way, there are some similar posts on our discharge tag:

http://community.livejournal.com/vaginapagina/tag/discharge

Check that out!
kitten_nya_nya 21st-Apr-2006 12:17 am (UTC)
You are not alone. I discharge a lot. Everytime I take of my panties they are really wet. I used to think I was a little incontinant. I'm afraid there is not much we can do about this! =/
emmycantbemeeko 21st-Apr-2006 12:33 am (UTC)
It sounds pretty normal. I would definitely recommend you stop using YI treatments unless you've actually been diagnosed with a YI on that occasion- if your only symptom is discharge, it's probably not a YI, and you really shouldn't be randomly dosing your body with unneccessary medicine...

Also, I would recommend you stop using the kleenex between your labia. You could be making the "problem" worse, irritating and drying your vagina and leading to yet more discharge.

If it really bothers you, start changing your pantiliners more than once a day (or even stop using pantiliners, which can be irritating in themselves, and start changing your underwear more than once a day).

Plenty of women have copious discharge; this sounds really normal to me. When I was, oh, maybe seventeen, I went through an eight month phase in which I had to change my underwear in the morning when I got up, in the afternoon when I got home from school, and in the evening before I went to bed because I was so, er, gushy. Eventually things evened out a lot, although I still have a LOT of discharge on the rare occasions that I ovulate (wheee for usually being on HBC).

It probably won't be just like this forever- at different stages of your life and different points in your cycle, you'll have different patterns and types of discharge. You're really young yet, and your body is just starting to settle in to sexual maturity. Things are liable to change a lot in the next few years. Till then, grin and relax- it can be a hassle, but it's normal and it could definitely be worse- too much discharge is quite preferable to no lubrication at all, eh?
kaelstra 21st-Apr-2006 12:59 am (UTC)
I'm 28 and I have a really heavy discharge. A doctor asked me if that was "normal for me", and sadly, it is. I think in my case, it's Birth Control related, because it was never this bad before I started taking Hormonal BC.

It's pretty annoying, but totally normal, unfortunately. It's the female equivalent of walking around with an erection all day. (At least that's how it can feel sometimes. You're always worried someone will notice or something.)
robynchick 21st-Apr-2006 01:32 am (UTC)
Wearing all cotton underpants could help. It is considered normal I'm afraid, allthough, you should be checked by a gynocologist just to make sure it's normal for you.

If you find the discharge soaking into your pants, you might make/buy some cloth pantiliners that you can throw into the wash with your underwear that way you won't have to keep buying them.
wingsoflace 21st-Apr-2006 01:38 am (UTC)
My gyno told me that discharge increases with puberty and getting older, etc. It happened to me, my discharge increased noticeably.

Try some Gladrags, just the light ones! They're organic cotton so they won't irritate you and they feel just lke your undies, but still give you extra protection :)
cailin_t 21st-Apr-2006 02:05 am (UTC)
what are you treating? vaginas very often have constant discharge, both because it's self-cleaning and related to fertility (sperm need a certain mucous to survive). i've had discharge every day of my cycle since i was 14. you get used to it, and it's totally normal unless accompanied by itching, burning, smelling strongly, or another sign.
terka 21st-Apr-2006 03:06 am (UTC)
same thing for me. i am always wet. i wear pantyliners all the time (the ones with cotton weave on them but even then i can still feel it..it irritates the crap out of me). been like this for over 10 years now.
recently been put on birth control and it's actually gotten worse..which i didn't think was possible, lol.
you can get checked out just to make sure everything is fine.
but some of us are just more leaky than others :).
ilovethemoose 21st-Apr-2006 03:13 am (UTC)
my doctor said "hmm..you have a lot of yeast." but just left it at that. she didnt say i needed to fix it or anything? i dont know. i read in a medical book that some discharge is normal..but i don't know how much is too much. if you get a pap, and your doctor doesnt say anything about it, you should ask just in case.
lutraphile 21st-Apr-2006 03:39 am (UTC)
The discharge sounds like it very well could be normal. A lot of women do run pretty wet. If the discharge is your only symptom, it's likely nothing to worry about. To soothe your mind, you can take your concerns to a gyno and ask to get examined.

As far as getting used to/dealing with the wet sensation... I would recommend using some cloth pantiliners. Cheap, reusable and non-irritating! Buy some at gladrags.com or lunapads.com... or you could make your own: Just take some old flannel pjs. Cut out a piece the size and shape of a pad with wings. Hem it. Add a button or snaps or just fasten it with a safety pin. Voila! Since you wouldn't be using it on your period, you can just toss it in with your regular laundry, without soaking.

As for the medications... please, please stop taking them without a diagnosis! O.o The meds probably make the discharge go away because they're killing the normal flora and fauna. That's a really good way to cause problems.
paintedblue120 21st-Apr-2006 05:06 am (UTC)
i have the same problem. I've had discharge since I was 9. My best friend did too and her mom told her that she was peeing herself because she didn't want to tell her 9 year old that discharge is a normal part of becoming a woman. I started becoming a woman a little earlier than most I suppose. Anyway, at first it wasn't a lot, just at the end up the day I'd have a bit of discharge in my panties. I was a kid but I figured it was normal because my best friend had it, and it didn't look like pee so I knew her mom was lying. A few months before my first period it increased greatly, but not enough to wear a pantyliner. I was 13 when I started my period. Then when I was about 17 and had been sexually active for a year it became a lot more dramatic. It was to the point where I was afriad I'd leak through my pants or something but by that time I knew it was normal so I just started wearing a pantyliner on days when it was very very wet. I do the wipe out thing too. My gyno says its normal for me. Now I'm 19 and sometimes when I am ovulating or very very horny I get the point where it literally runs down my legs if I don't have panties on. I wear a pantyliner quite often. Its odd though, because I also experience a lot of dryness a few days after my period, but after that its like a freaking rainforest or something. I reccomend using Carefree or Kotex pantyliners if you don't want to use the washable cloth ones. I love love love Carefree. I NEVER have the wet feeling with them. They absorb the quickest for me. They also have more of a variety of products.
sarahsvati 21st-Apr-2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
You could try cloth pantyliners! (You could even make your own if you feel crafty.) They'll be very cheap in the long run, and they'll be much gentler on you vulva than kleenex or commercial pantyliners.
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