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I think my vaginal discharge is abnormal, what should I do?


An abnormal vaginal discharge is any discharge that has blood in it when you are not having your period, is thicker or whiter than normal or is yellow/green colour, has an unpleasant odour, and/or causes itching or soreness.  


All these are signs that something is not quite right. If you have any of these or if you’re worried about your discharge, go to have a chat with your GP or the practice nurse.   


What is a yeast infection?


A yeast infection (thrush), or Candida, is a very common infection that you can sometimes get in your vagina.  It can make you feel itchy and sore around the vagina area and you’ll have a heaver, thicker and whiter vaginal discharge. Go to see your GP or practice nurse to make sure that’s what it is.  


You can reduce the risk of getting a yeast infection by doing things like not wearing tights under trousers as this creates the warm and moist environment that the yeast likes. Also, it’s a good idea to wear cotton underwear and not to use highly scented soaps.


My vagina itches. What should I do?


There are many reasons why you may have a vaginal itch. It might be a yeast infection or another type of vaginal infection. See your GP or nurse for a chat in case you need a special cream to treat it.


When I have a pee I get a burning sensation, what should I do?


You may have cystitis. Go to the doctor to get some treatment to get rid of it.