Help for Teen With a Discharge ‘Down There’
When adolescent girls or boys develop a discharge or drip, what should they do? Here’s The Short Answer from adolescent medicine specialist Ellen Rome, MD, MPH.
A: Adolescent girls often ask me about vaginal discharge. Guys may be too embarrassed to ask about a drip.
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A vaginal discharge in an adolescent girl commonly results from three things: a sexually transmitted infection, a yeast infection or an overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria. And for some girls, it may be a marker for a new pregnancy.
A penile drip in an adolescent boy means a sexually transmitted infection until proven otherwise. (It’s easy to check. We test the urine; no uretheral swab is needed.)
Either way, discharge and drips deserve to be checked out with your doctor — ASAP.
—Adolescent medicine specialist Ellen Rome, MD, MPH