I think I might have a yeast infection? If I do, how do I tell my mom?

Berkely Baby 72 Asked: I think I might have a yeast infection? If I do, how do I tell my mom?

I'm 14 (and a girl, obviously). I kind of think I might have a yeast infection, but I'm not really sure. It's been really itchy down there the past, hmm week, and it's kind of red. My discharge has been a little thicker than normal but it doesn't smell any different. Is this a yeast infection? Two weeks ago, I kinda suspected I had one but then I got my period. It itched a little then too (I use tampons, if that means anything) but then it stopped. But now it itches really bad again and I don't know what to do.
Should I tell my mom? I'm scared to because I get embarrassed really easy. What if she like asks to look or something, to be sure? And I definitely do NOT want to go to a gyno. (I also masturbate, if that matters. And that is something I will NOT tell anybody, even if they ask.) So really, I have three questions (and I'd appreciate if you'd answer all of them, please please): do I have a yeast infection?; how do I tell my mom?; how do I get rid of it without going to a doctor?
Thank you SO much if you answer… I'm just a little bit scared here and I really need some help. Thanks.


Jenny Answered:
You'll get good answers from the Experts and members at Ask Us Web. I can't post the URL, but you can Google "Ask Us Web" and click their link.

Superstar Answered:
Yes..i definitely think you have a yeast infection…if u have had it for that long it is! I recommend that u go and see a doctor…its better for you. There are many kinds of vaginal infections and sometimes several medicines have to be given. I used to always get them and the gyno will usually just see me and give me a cream to insert inside your vagina…but there was one time that it was pretty bad that i had to get the cream and she also gave me some antibiotic pills to take.Tell your mom that you have been very itchy down there for awhile now and you cant take it any more.If she says to let her see…tell her you dont feel comfortable….as shy as u may be its life and it ends up happening to almost everyone.Also dont worry about seeing a gyno they see vaginas everyday and there is nothing to b shy about….you will have to see one very often since u are entering womanhood. Put your shyness aside and do what is best for ur health…believe me i have been in your shoes…u will feel better once u have gone

Paige Answered:
There really isn't a reason to be afraid to tell anyone you have a yeast infection. Although it can be transmitted through sexual contact, more often than not it's something you get after taking anitbiotics.

Here's a little info I got from an article about yeast infection:

Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body.A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body relative to the good bacteria.The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

Oh and BTW – That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back.The creams aren't changing the source of the problem.They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

Oh BTW2 – That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics.Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad.When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off, and once again and you get a yeast infection.

Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold

Changing your diet will definitely get you on the road to balancing the yeast and good bacteria, but what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution to help naturally speed up the process.

I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals.I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good.One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.

Hope this helps and best of luck! icon smile I think I might have a yeast infection? If I do, how do I tell my mom? Oh and don't feel ashamed about it!

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