How can I tell if I have a vaginal infection?anucha-maneechote/Shutterstock
“Discharge that is green, dark yellow, or brown and has a foul odor is most often a sign of an infection and should be reported to your gynecologist,” explains Sheeva Talebian, MD, OB/GYN at CCRM New York and co-founder of Truly-MD. “Most infections are related to sexual intercourse but not always. They can also be caused by a tampon that has been left in too long, a cervical lesion, or poor hygiene. Any change that is not pleasant (in terms of pain, foul smell, color, or consistency) should be checked out!” Dr. Talebian says.
Sometimes I bleed after sex. Is this normal?Kamil-Macniak/Shutterstock
“Bleeding after sex can be normal but should not be ignored,” advises Dr. Talebian says. “If you notice this once, there’s no need to panic and call the emergency line of your OB/GYN, but if you do notice this is happening consistently, you should go in for an exam. Bleeding can simply be from a ‘sensitive cervix’ (one with exposed blood vessels) but it can also be from a cervical or vaginal lesion, something that needs to be tested and rarely can be cancer. Bleeding during intercourse can also come from the endometrial cavity (like menstrual blood). While most causes of bleeding during and after sex are benign, they should not be ignored,” Dr. Talebian explains. Ready to get personal? Check out these other sex questions you might want to ask your OB/GYN.