Got an enquiry ........
I had unprotected sex with a brief parter after I got out of a 2 year relationship over a year ago now, straight away I knew something was Wrong when small white lumps appeared on/inside my private part. I went to the doctor but was told everything was perfectly normal, just the material of my underwear was causing a irritating constant itch. I didn't want to question the doctors answer as I was already embarrassed. Two weeks following I started to bleed from the anal when pooing and peeing, but mostly pooing. I went to the doctors, and because I was embarrassed it was a male doctor I didn't let him examine for long, but was told it was nothing, just pushing too hard. Now just before my period starts the itching is really bad inside and I have a constant discharge, colour wise it's clear, but smells funny. I don't want to go back to the doctors incase they tell me I'm infertile because of a std I may have had for a while now, I'm scared to go to the GUM clinic, and anywhere else. I just want to know what to do, it has had me depressed and worried for years now and im always crying! Help? :(
This is our reply.......
We understand you are concerned about itching and discharge that you have experienced recently and that you are worried that this might be connected to earlier problems that you have had. We understand this must be very stressful and worrying but we'd like to reassure you that it seems unlikely that these recent problems are connected at all to the previous problems (white bumps and bleeding). As you said you went to see the GP when you were concerned about these previous issues and they checked you out and were able to offer an explanation. Of course if these problems are still going on we would recommend you get further advice about them, particularly if you are still having problems with bleeding, but from what we can tell there is no reason to assume that all have the same cause. For example, it may be that the doctor was right in their previous advice and that this new problem is something different and unrelated.
With regards to the itching and discharge would encourage you not to worry as these are common symptoms and are not usually something to panic about. We are not medically trained but to give an example the issue you have been having with itching and discharge could easily be an infection such as Bacterial Vaginosis. This is a common condition known to affect between ten and twenty per cent of women and can be fixed with a course of antibiotics.
There are other conditions that can present with odour, itching and discharge too though but the vast majority of these are easily treatable. For example it could also be a yeast infection which may be triggered by diet, clothing or monthly changes in your hormone levels.
There is no reason for you to fear that you may be infertile as a result of what you have described as this would be very unlikely by the sounds of what you have described. However, in order to prevent the risk of the problem getting worse it is very important that you go and see your GP asap to get the correct treatment to prevent you from having to worry about this and experience the embarassment, anxiety and discomfort that it is no doubt causing you.
While it is possible that the symptoms you describe are caused by an STD it is just as possible that they are not. Both of the examples we mentioned are not necessarily caused by or transmitted from having sex. Of course if you are sexually active they will have an impact on this and could be contagious again this makes it all the more important that it is treated asap.
If you do not want to see your GP you also have the option of going to go and see someone at your local GUM clinic. The nearest GUM Clinic in your area is the GUM Clinic at Preston Royal Infirmary. The address is:
GUM Clinic, Royal Preston Hospital and their telephone number is 01772 522814
No matter how embarassing, awkward or uncomfortable it might be telling your GP about these problems the relief that can come through having the problems treated and identified would more than outweigh these. Even in the very unlikely case that it was something serious it is much better to know and get treatment sooner rather than later - but of course we are not suggesting that this sounds like anything to unduly worry about. If you need any further help or assistance dont hesitiate to contact us again either using q2a or one of our other services.
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