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Embarrassing problem, how do I tell my mom?

I think I have some sort of infection down there due to itching, burning, and a strong smell. And more recently (like a couple days ago) my urethra kinda started to hurt? It hurt when I’d move in certain positions or sat down. I took ibuprofen and it eventually went away but ever sense there’s been a very slight feeling lingering that comes and goes.   I’ve had this problem for like two weeks now maybe? I know I need to go see a doctor and in fact I really want to (and I hate seeing the doctor) but I feel like I’d need to see a gynecologist and that scares the **** out of me. If I really need to see one I will, but I have SEVERE social anxiety and can barely manage to talk to anyone. My best bet is to tell my mom, but my family tends to tease and make fun when it comes to embarrassing problems and I already wanna kms about this whole situation. The only reason I’ve been waiting so long with these symptoms is because my moms already scheduling my annual physical and so I thought I’d just wait until then and tell my doctor about this myself...but I know my doctor will probably just send me over to a gynecologist when I tell her and then my mom will find out anyway. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking but a part of me hopes that maybe my doctor would just prescribe me some medication and send me away. Though I know that’s unlikely...

Just as some background also, I’ve never had sex before so this can’t be an std. I’ve never even had a boyfriend. And I don’t use tampons either, so I doubt it could be anything stuck in there that would cause this.
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When bad bacteria grows excessively, a bacterial infection called bacterial vaginosis (BV) might develop. This increases the pH level of the vagina as well. BV is very common, especially in women aged 15–44. The causes of this infection are; “Cleaning” out the vagina is unnecessary because it already does it naturally. Even worse, it can mess with the natural bacterial balance and cause an infection. While BV isn’t sexually transmitted, certain studies indicate that having sex, especially with new or multiple partners might upset the balance of bacteria in the vagina.12 However, sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, syphilis, pubic lice, and chlamydia are also caused due to bacteria. Thanks to the hormonal changes of pregnancy, bacteria can be disrupted. In fact, BV is seen in about 25% of women.13 Treatment is crucial. Otherwise, preterm labor and premature birth are likely. Having an intrauterine device (IUD) can cause BV, especially if there’s irregular bleeding. But the highest risk is right after you insert it. Over time, BV is less likely to happen. Vaginal infections are uncomfortable, what with all the itchiness, discharge, and odor that comes with them. Unfortunately, almost all women undergo one or most of them at least once in their life. If you suspect that you’ve got a vaginal infection, go and see a doctor.
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