Student Health Office
Self Help Guide
Common Health Problems
Signs & Symptoms
- Any changes in color or amount of discharge may be a sign of a vaginal infection.
- Common vaginal problems include bacterial vaginosis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), vaginal yeast infections, and sexually transmitted infections. If you experience any of the symptoms below, you may have a vaginal infection:
- Discharge accompanied by itching, rash or soreness
- Persistent, increased discharge
- Burning during urination
- White, clumpy discharge (somewhat like cottage cheese)
- Grey/white or yellow/green discharge with a foul odor
- If you have a history of yeast infections and current symptoms are the same and you have used an over-the-counter remedy successfully in the past, use the same or similar product (such as Monistat and Gyne-Lotrimin).
- Avoid having sexual intercourse until symptoms are completely gone, as re-infection may occur.
- If symptoms do not clear up, or if they return after treatment, please make an appointment at x6148 to be seen. Note: Infections other than yeast infection require prescribed medications.
Prevention of Yeast Infections (for women)
- Avoid products that change the vaginal environment (douches, feminine hygiene sprays)
- Use unscented toilet paper.
- Limit your intake of sugar. Sugar promotes the growth of yeast.
- Eat yogurt and milk that contains live cultures of lactobacilus and acidophilus.
- Take showers. Avoid bubble baths.
- Keep the vagina clean and dry.
- Wear cotton or cotton-lined underwear.
- Don't wear tight restrictive garments (girdles, tight blue jeans)
- Wear knee or thigh highs instead of pantyhose.
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