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So this a pretty awkward problem but Iíll just get straight into it. I often experience vaginal itching and discomfort, sometimes accompanied by thicker than usual discharge. I know itís not thrush because Iíve had that before and itís definitely not on that level; itís not painful or unbearable, just uncomfortable. These feelings, though mild, come on and off constantly. I am hygienic in that area, I shower every day, I donít use any perfumed or chemical products there, and I eat fairly healthily. I donít really know what I could be doing wrong! Does anyone have any at home tips of what I could do to reduce this? Any foods I should or shouldnít be eating? I donít really want to go to the doctor because itís not so bad that I feel the need to, plus I donít want to take medication. As a bit of background, Iím 20 and Iím not sexually active.

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    It sounds like a yeast infection. But you really should go to the doctor. Why put up with discomfort when you don't have to?

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    This could be a normal effect of hormonal changes that come with your cycle. But, there are home tests for yeast infections, so I would start there. If you test positive, there are over-the-counter remedies that don't involve you taking any medicine.

    As for what you can do to prevent this, look at how you dress. If you wear a lot of tight clothing or fabrics that don't breathe, that can contribute.

    Invest in a couple of long nightgowns and wear them without underpants at home. Or wear loose boxers to sleep in with nothing under them. Switch from nylon underwear to cotton for daytime, and if you normally wear a thong, go back to regular panties for awhile.

    It could also be an allergic reaction to laundry supplies. Try using a hypoallergenic detergent and hang your lingerie to dry instead of using dryer sheets.

    I hope this helps, and that you get it figured out!


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    Thanks for advice! I will invest in some nightgowns and perhaps some hypoallergenic detergent. Recently I started drinking cranberry juice and probiotics (because I've heard they help the chemistry in that area) and I've found it really helped

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