Stop frantically looking around to make sure no one has seen you click on this article. Sexual health issues are common. We repeat, issues such as discharge, spotting and feeling loose are common. You. Are. Not. Alone. SheKnows dishes on 5 common sexual health issues, explaining what they are and how you can get rid of them.

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Vaginal Discharge

It’s sometimes sticky. It’s often gooey. And certainly, it can be downright nasty. What’s that discharge coming out of your vagina?

Dr. Rachel Bregman, who is on the clinical faculty at New York Presbyterian Hospital, says: “A clear and relatively odorless vaginal discharge is normal. When the discharge looks like tiny white specks and the vulva is irritated, these may well be signs of a yeast infection, which can be treated with over-the-counter products. When the discharge has a powerful odor, that can be a symptom of a trichinosis infection or an STD, and you should consult with your doctor. Any ongoing thick or irritating discharge, or discharge that isn’t relatively clear in color might be the symptom of a chronic or more serious infection that requires medical treatment.”

Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, a board-certified OB/GYN who practices in Beverly Hills, California, agrees: “Most vaginal discharge is normal. Discharge changes throughout the menstrual cycle and over the span of a woman’s lifetime. However, discharge that itches, burns or smells unpleasant should get your attention. This may not be normal. You might have a yeast infection.”

And contrary to what you may think, cleansing the vagina may do more harm than good. “Please don’t go crazy with personal hygiene,” says Gilberg-Lenz. “Wipes, douches and over cleansing may actually make the problem worse, not better, by causing or promoting an imbalance in the vaginal pH.”

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