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Does Sex Make You Itchy?

Dear Sugar
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.

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My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
maybe one of ya are 'fibbin'' about the whole virgin thing!!?? Doc. time!
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
Irene, I have had yeast infections before, but always caught them in, I never experienced any kind of discharge, or what LtlCutiePie is talking about (I have heard about that, though). I would go to the doctor, it's probably your first yeast infection, or an allergy to latex. It will be alright just go to the doctor, their the experts. Take care. :)
LtlCutiePie LtlCutiePie 10 years
Women who never have had a yeast infection might be confused about what the discharge actually looks like. Grab a mirror and spread open your lips..if you see something like goo, cottage cheese, or looking whitish that *sticks* to the walls, that's a good indication. Hope that helps.
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
Sounds like you may be allergic to the condom...change the brand or the type...some have spermicide or something else that causes irritation...some women can even be allergic to sperm itself...
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 10 years
I agree with Jess. . .a lot of women have allergies to latex, so if you used that type of protection, that could be the cause, too.
Nadi Nadi 10 years
This seems familiar. I get an itchy feeling every time I have sex but it goes after an hour or so or after thorough cleaning. I didn't connect it with any disease or danger and thought it was normal. Should I start taking yeast medication?
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I just had a thought... could it possibly be an allergic reaction or irritation to the condom assuming you used one
Kratsina Kratsina 10 years
Yeast infection could be the big culprit, but the fact that your first time was peachy says to me he might have more experiance than you were told. Seriously, a non awkward first time is not the norm, especially when both are virgins. That said, probably a yeast infection if we give the guy the benefit of a doubt. But I also want to point out that chronic yeast infections could be the fault of the boyfriend. He can carry the yeast cultures on his penis and continually reinfect his partner if he's not treated for the yeast culture as well.
txhottie txhottie 10 years
Go see a doctor to be diagnosed for sure, but it totally sounds like a yeast infection. My boyfriend and I have been having sex for over a year and I constantly get them. They now have a one time pill that can also fix the problem. You can also help prevent yeast infections by adding yogurt with active live cultures to your diet everyday and taking a prevenative pill call AZO Yeast. You can find it by the vitamins in your local grocery or sometimes it is by the condoms and douches. Good luck!
cubadog cubadog 10 years
Sounds like a yeast infection but HAVE to go to the doctor to be sure I wouldn't self diagnosis the first time since you haven't had issues before. If you were using condoms with spermicide you could be having a reaction I have that problem so I cannot go near anything with a spermicide. Ouch! Katie's right you have to unrinate after sex to help flush out bacteria etc.
katie225 katie225 10 years
sometimes the irritation from not using enough lubrication can cause itchiness, even if you felt no discomfort during intercourse. the excess discharge *could* be, if you're not using condoms, semen that's finding it's way out the next day. of course, go to a doctor and make sure it's not a yeast infection. but, if it's from irritation, just make sure you do a lot of foreplay to get all ready down there for intercourse. my advice for every woman is to urinate after sex to help reduce urinary tract infections, since bacteria can make its way up into your body after intercourse.
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
R u really really sure that he was a virgin? Def go get checked up on just because, and a yeast infection sounds right. Could have gotten it because you both werent clean enough and or just because it was your time to get one. If it is a yeast infection there are over the counter meds for them like Monistat where u can insert a capsule or squirt some ointment like in there they also can come with cooling wipes or an anti itch cream.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I totally thought yeast infection specially since both were virgins. But definitly go to the doctor and getting a Pap is no big deal plus if you are considering going on birth control you have to get on anyway
peepshow peepshow 10 years
How awesome is the Donna/David photo. I heart you, Dear.
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