- Genital symptoms in teen girls (after puberty)
- Symptoms include pain, itching, discharge, bleeding and rashes
- Vaginal discharge is the most common problem
- This care guide covers symptoms not caused by an injury
Symptoms Covered in this Topic
- Vaginal symptoms include discharge, bleeding and pain.
- Vulva symptoms include itching, pain and pain when passing urine.
- Genital area skin symptoms include itching, pain, rash and swelling.
Vaginal Discharge in Teens: Normal versus Not normal
- A clear or whitish discharge is normal.
- Yellow or green vaginal discharge can mean an infection.
- A bad-smelling discharge is also not normal.
- An abnormal discharge can also cause a genital rash.
Causes of Abnormal Vaginal Discharge in Teens
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are infections that can be passed from either the female or male partner to the other.
- Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are the most well-known. Symptoms include yellow or green vaginal discharge, pain with passing urine, pelvic pain, and bleeding.
- Another STI is Trichomoniasis. It causes a foamy, yellow-green foul-smelling discharge. Both partners need to be treated with antibiotics to prevent it from coming back.
- Vaginal discharge with vulval itching in teens is usually a yeast infection. Symptoms are a thick, white, cottage cheese-like discharge. This kind of discharge has no smell to it. Bacterial vaginosis gives a white-gray discharge, fishy odor discharge. Both only occur in females and are not STIs.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the tubes connecting the ovaries to the uterus. PID is a serious infection which requires hospital admission and antibiotics by vein. The symptoms of PID include lower abdomen or pelvic pain, fever and vaginal discharge.
- Vaginal Foreign Objects (such as a forgotten tampon) can cause a vaginal infection and discharge.