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Female Genital Problems and Injuries - Check Your Symptoms

Call a doctor if:

  • You have lower belly or pelvic pain, fever, and unusual vaginal discharge.
  • You have pain or bleeding during or after sex, and a lubricant does not help.
  • Your vaginal discharge smells bad or does not look normal.
  • You think you have a yeast infection but are not sure.
  • You know you have a yeast infection, and nonprescription medicine does not clear it up in 3 or 4 days.
  • You think you may have a sexually transmitted infection. Your sex partner(s) may need to be treated too.
  • You get yeast infections often and are not taking antibiotics. This can be a sign of diabetes or other problems.
  • You are or may be pregnant and have symptoms of a vaginal infection (pain, redness, itching, smelly discharge).
  • You have symptoms of a urinary tract infection (pain or burning, frequent urge to urinate).
  • Your vagina is dry and irritated, and a lubricant does not help.

If you plan to see a doctor, do not douche, use vaginal creams, or have sex for 48 hours before your appointment.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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