It's very common for most women to have some vaginal discharge, which may occur more or less at different times of the month, depending on the individual. However, it is important to note whether or not the vaginal discharge has a foul odor to it, as this may indicate a bacterial infection. Vaginal itching accompanied by a thick, white discharge could potentially indicate a yeast infection. It is advisable to seek out a gynecologist for a simple exam to confirm the diagnosis and for swift and effective treatment, as abnormal vaginal discharge can usually be treated with medication.
Women who miss a period but find their pregnancy test result to be negative should cautiously monitor the situation, as sometimes something as simple as an increase in stress can cause a woman to miss her period. However, if the same thing happens during the next cycle, you should contact your physician immediately to schedule an appointment; you may need to change your birth control.
Menopause is the time in a woman's life when her menstrual periods lessen in frequency or stop entirely, and the ovaries begin to produce smaller amounts of three hormones- estrogen, androgen, and progesterone. The average age when an American woman experiences the beginning of menopause is around 51 years old, and most women can expect their menopause to begin around the same time that her mother's began. An early-stage menopausal woman may experience hot flashes, as well as night sweats, vaginal dryness, and possibly the onset of osteoporosis.
Where you get birth control depends on what method you eventually choose, although it should be noted that regardless of what method of birth control you decide on, it is still highly recommended that you consult with your gynecologist first so that you can get a licensed medical professional's opinion on what might be the best method for you-
- Over The Counter
- Emergency Contraception (If under 17, a prescription is needed)
- Oral contraceptives (I.e the pill)
- Vaginal ring
- Skin patch
- Diaphragm (After a fitting with your physician)
- Shot/injection (Available at your physician's office)
- IUD (Inserted by a OB GYN)
- Surgery/Medical Procedures
- Male or female sterilization