I have a discharge - do I have an STI?

Most girls and women have vaginal discharge during their reproductive years. Discharge is normal if a clear or white liquid comes out of your vagina from time-to-time during your monthly cycle. It may feel a bit wet and sticky, but shouldn’t smell bad. If you have a discharge that has changed recently, smells bad, is brown or creamy in colour, or you have itching or sores around your vagina, you may have an infection and need to seek medical attention.

Different types of vaginal discharges that need medical attention:

• Thrush (Candida)
Thrush is an infection of the vagina that causes itching, as well as a creamy discharge. It is very common. It is not a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) but can be sexually transmitted.

• Bacterial Vaginosis
Bacterial vaginosis is an infection of the vagina that causes a watery, bad smelling discharge. Although bacterial vaginosis is not an STI, having many sexual partners as well as cleaning your vagina with strong soaps can put you at risk for this infection.

• Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea
Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are STIs that can cause an unusual discharge, or pain when you pee. Sometimes people don't have any symptoms of these STIs. If these infections are not treated they can cause damage to your womb, tubes and ovaries and if untreated may result in infertility.

Seek care as soon as possible if you have any symptoms or if you are concerned!

Not all infections are sexually transmitted, but it is not always easy to tell the difference. It is important that you and your partner see a nurse or a doctor to get tested and treated for all infections. Remember to avoid having unprotected sex until your doctor or nurse has advised you that it is safe to do so!

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B-Wise User Anonymous 8 July 2020 13:18

Hi I have a little brown discharge What is happening ?

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 July 2020 17:30

hello,

A brown discharge could mean that your period is coming or that you have an infection. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 26 June 2020 22:28

Is it true , if you have your periods while you on narstirate for the first month that shows the injection (narstirate ) is not yet active (working) ? Is it even safe to have sex after your periods?

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 June 2020 16:23

Hello,

Some women stop having their period when they are on the injection but not all. Some still get their period. It's better to have sex with a condom



B-Wise User BBSM 24 June 2020 15:25

What is a monthly cycle?

B-Wise Expert Expert 24 June 2020 17:10

Hi there,

Please read this: https://bwisehealth.com/article/menstruation-facts-what-is-your-period



B-Wise User Anonymous 23 June 2020 11:32

Does spotting after two weeks of unprotected sex means pregnancy

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 June 2020 16:43

Hi there,

It can but it can also mean other things.

Read this: https://bwisehealth.com/article/i-am-spotting-what-should-i-do



B-Wise User Anonymous 22 June 2020 16:03

Is it true that if you have brownish discharge it means you are about to get your periods?

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 June 2020 16:36

Hi there,

Brownish discharge could show that your period is coming or could show that you have an infection



B-Wise User Anonymous 22 June 2020 16:03

Is it true that if you have brownish discharge it means you are about to get your periods?

B-Wise Expert Expert 22 June 2020 17:19

Hi there, 

A lot of women experience brownish discharge before getting their periods so it can happen



B-Wise User Anonymous 17 May 2020 17:50

Hello my Virgina itches sometimes n when i have sex with my husband i feel like it's my first time because it will feel pain and after sex i will feel like I'm burning what is wrong with me

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 May 2020 13:06

Hello,

You may have an STI. Go to the clinic or doctor to get checked.



B-Wise User Anonymous 6 April 2020 18:06

Hellow.Iam on my period but my vagina it is itching even if a take a bath without using soap on my vagine.....and is so painfull

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2020 17:04

Hi There,

If you are using tampons, try use unscented pads. If it persists go to the clinic



B-Wise User Anonymous 24 January 2019 17:59

Hello. I have a discharge that is milkish like and itâ??s thick but it doesnâ??t smell. Is it a normal discharge or? And itâ??s worse when I am having sex. But aftr sex it disappeares and comes back aftr few days. Is it normal.

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 January 2019 11:18

Dear Anonymous. If there is an itchy cream discharge this could be a sign of a thrush. If you have a thick green, yellow or brown discharge then that could be a sign of an infection. It’s best if you visit your local clinic to seek further help. You can find your nearest health clinic here. You can also read our article I have a discharge-do I have an STI and what is vaginal thrush or a yeast infection? for more information. Remember to always practice protected sex and protect yourself from HIV, STIs and unplanned pregnancies.




B-Wise User Anonymous 4 September 2018 19:27

When does one ovulate n how do I know that I am ovulating

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 September 2018 18:30

Hi there anonymous, thank you for your question. Ovulation in most times takes place in the middle of your menstrual cycle. So if you count from the first day of your period to the first day of your next period, ovulation should take place in the middle of that. For example, if your period takes place between 28 days, then your ovulation should take place on day 14.

The only way in which you can be able to know when exactly are you ovulating is to track your period start dates on a calendar for 3 months and then look at the average length of your cycle. Then find a day in the middle of your cycle. This is where you are most likely to fall pregnant.

Here are other ways you can tell if you are ovulating:

•             During your ovulation period, your body  temperature is more likely to                increase (about 0.5 degrees Celsius)

•             When your cervical mucus becomes thicker and more sticky

•             You can also buy an ovulation test kit from a pharmacy to check if you                are ovulating.

If maybe you are trying to get pregnant, we would advise you to first get health screening. This includes HIV testing, STI screening, and Pap smear. You can also read more about menstruation facts in our short article here: https://bwisehealth.com/article/menstruation-facts-what-is-your-period

 You can visit your nearest clinic for these tests. Click on the link and find a clinic close to you https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/



B-Wise User Anonymous 10 March 2018 10:16

Wat does a normal healthy discharge smell and look like

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 13:55

Hi, thank you for your question. You can read our article on I have a discharge - do I have an STI?  for more information 



B-Wise User Ano 10 March 2018 10:15

What if you just have a yellowish snot- like discharge without the other symptoms and during ovulution it looks like water and have white spots at the same time.

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 April 2018 17:17

Hi Ano, thank you for your question. This sounds like an infection in the genital area, you can get this infection by having sex. It is very important that you visit a doctor or a clinic to get treated so that the infection can go away. Your sex partner(s), also need to go to the clinic to get treated as well. It is also important to use a condom when you have sex so that you prevent getting the infection again.  It is possible to get the infection without having sex, but you need to visit a clinic or a doctor to know how you got the infection. You can use the Clinic Finder on B-wise health to help you find a local clinic. 



B-Wise User vivian 25 April 2016 22:01

Is it true that women take time in detecting an STI than man?and if so,why?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 14:42

HI viv

Thank you for your question. You can read our section on STIs for more information 



B-Wise User Anonymous 7 April 2016 14:57

I once read on an internet about digestion, is it possible that a human being can live without stomach? And if so, is there anyone in the world who currently live under this situation?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 14:52

What an interesting question. Yes you can live withouth a stomach, although this is not common. The whole stomach is sometimes removed as a treatment for stomach cancer this is called a gastrectomy. After a few weeks of recovery, you are able to eat most foods, but may need to eat smaller meals and take dietary supplements.



B-Wise Expert Expert 11 April 2016 14:24

What an interesting question. Yes you can live withouth a stomach, although this is not common. The whole stomach is sometimes removed as a treatment for stomach cancer this is called a gastrectomy. After a few weeks of recovery, you are able to eat most foods, but may need to eat smaller meals and take dietary supplements.


B-Wise User Maneliza 1 March 2016 10:59

If I treat it and it doesn't go away what must I do then

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 15:49

Hi Maneliza Well done for getting treated, sorry that it's not clear yet. Go back to the clinic and tell the nurse or doctor about your symptoms as you may need extra treatment. STIs are spread by having unprotected sex. It is important that your partner is also treated to prevent repeat infection. Using condoms lowers your risk of STIs.



B-Wise Expert Expert 21 March 2016 00:54

Hi Maneliza Well done for getting treated, sorry that it's not clear yet. Go back to the clinic and tell the nurse or doctor about your symptoms as you may need extra treatment. STIs are spread by having unprotected sex. It is important that your partner is also treated to prevent repeat infection. Using condoms lowers your risk of STIs.