I am 21 years old and a few days ago I lost my virginity to my boyfriend of eight months. I expected my first time to be painful and awkward, but I was pleasantly surprised that everything went well and I didn't feel any discomfort at all. We were both virgins and our night was very special.
The next day I was very sore down there but didn't think anything of it, I thought that would be only a natural side effect of being a first-timer. We had sex again last night and now I have been feeling really itchy down there ever since. I have also noticed excess discharge.
Are these symptoms normal after losing your virginity? Since my boyfriend and I were both virgins, I don't think he has given me anything, but I am concerned. If I were to consult a doctor, would a full body check up cover a vaginal exam? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Itchy Irene
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Dear Itchy Irene
The symptoms you are describing sound like the classic symptoms of a yeast infection. A vaginal yeast infection is an excess growth of yeast cells in the vagina that can produce a thick white discharge and can cause; itching, irritation, and a burning sensation in the vagina. Yeast infections are not life threatening, but should be looked at by a doctor so you can get appropriate medication.
Since you are now a sexually active woman, it is recommended to begin annual gynecological exams since a full body check up by your primary doctor will not cover a vaginal exam. Pap smears are critical to women's reproductive health so please look into finding a gynecologist immediately.
During a pap smear, your doctor will be screening your cervix for cancer and abnormal cells as well as sexually transmitted diseases. Your doctor will also be looking at your uterus and giving you a breast and abdomen exam to screen for any abnormalities.
While this exam can cause some mild discomfort, the more relaxed you are the less it will hurt. Also, being sore after your first time is OK, but having any kind of burning sensation is not. So please contact a Gynecologist immediately if you do feel any kind of a burning sensation.
Taking the next step in your relationship is an exciting time. Educating yourself on safe sex is extremely important. There are many online sources for you to get information from. Planned Parenthood is a very informative source with health care centers in many cities. Good luck.