Help for Teen With a Discharge ‘Down There’

The Short Answer from an adolescent medicine specialist
Help for Teen With a Discharge 'Down There'

Q: I’m a teen with a discharge down there. What should I do?

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.

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Adolescent medicine specialist Ellen Rome, MD, MPH

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