Just a little background with me and my body.
I am a 29 year old female and I have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome somewhere around September 2007. I am still teaching myself about this, which is another discussion within itself.
I have always had abnormal periods until I was diagnosed with this. I was placed on the birth control Yasmin.
So now onto this question.
I have never had a yeast infection in my life. I am embarrased to say some things, only because I come across quite clueless about it and i'm not finding answers via ******.
I am in a relationship and we are sexually active and safe at all times. The last few times we have been sexually active I have noticed an odd smell that was produced during and after. It has never been there before. I don't notice it when I am by myself and I don't have an odd odors day to day.
The other symptoms I have noticed is I have a thick white discharge that has happened for over a week now. I am about to start my period here in a couple days and usually I find that when my period starts my discharge gets thicker. I am not seeing any "cottage cheese" that people speak of.
I am quite itchy and for the past 2 weeks it seems like I have a thick thick thick white/ivory in color build up that is on the outside of my vagina all over. I can't tell if it's skin coming off or just a build up of something like discharge. It comes off in little pieces when I wipe after using the restroom. It's quite gross.
From time to time it burns when I go to the bathroom, but that comes and goes.
So for those of you who know or have had yeast infections, does this sound like one? If it is one, can I just go to a drug store and buy an OTC medication or should I see my doctor for medication? Also, can I use a medication while on my period? Lastly, should I just wait until my cycle is over before starting medication?
If it sounds like something different please tell me. I will make an appointment with my doctor.
I'm just really curious.
Thanks for any help you can give me.