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Dear Dr. Vanessa,
Okay, so I have a very embarrassing question for you and wanted to check with you before I go see a health provider. This past weekend, I went away with a guy I have just gotten into a relationship with. He is my second sexual partner and has been checked for STDs recently, as have I. This weekend, we had sex fairly often, and we also used a vibrator that, unbeknownst to him, was not meant to go inside me. Even though I pulled it out, I have been feeling a lot of discomfort since we got back.
I have a lot of whitish discharge and it has a terrible odor, not to mention the fact that I am very sore. Could this be a case of irritation due to the "foreign object" or possibly a case of BV? If it is just irritation, then I would prefer not to pay for a medical visit, but if it's BV, my understanding is that I should get antibiotics. Any ideas would be appreciated.
- Saddle Sore
You should be seen by a health care provider. Whenever a woman has an irritation of the vagina and an abnormal discharge - vaginitis or vulvovaginitis - she should see her health care provider and try to get a definitive diagnosis. Because the discharge you describe has a strong, unpleasant odor, three possible causes of vaginitis come to mind.
The first possible cause is what you suspected - bacterial vaginosis (BV). It is a condition caused by several bacteria, including gardnerella vaginalis. (BV used to be called "nonspecific vaginitis.") Usually there is a heavy vaginal discharge. It is grayish and frothy and has an unpleasant, "fishy" odor. Most women have at least one incident of BV in their lives.Read More »from Can You Get An Infection from Your Vibrator?