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lately i have had a burning sensation in my vaginal area it has gotten worse as days go by i have always had problems as in feeling like i need to pee but then nothing comes out but never like this what should i do ?

Anytime you have burning, itching, pain, or discomfort in your genital area that doesn’t go away or gets worse over time, it’s important to see a nurse or doctor. It’s probably a very common and easily fixed infection. And you are SO not alone: almost everyone with a vagina has dealt with what you’re going through at some point in their life — and often more than once. 

If you’re experiencing burning when you pee, or that “gotta go!” feeling but nothing comes out, you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI). It could also be something else. Vaginal irritation is called vaginitis, and can be caused by a number of things: a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, and even some STDs. It can also be caused by an allergic reaction to something you put in your vagina or on your vulva, which is why it’s a good idea to avoid using douches or perfumed products on your genitals (like scented tampons, pads, soaps, and sprays). Sometimes your vagina can get irritated by things we don’t even suspect, like too-tight pants or pantyhose, wearing a wet bathing suit for too long, horseback or bicycle riding, laundry detergents, or pools or hot tubs.

Whatever’s to blame for your irritation, everything listed above is easily treated with antibiotics or other medicines. Only your nurse or doctor can tell you for sure what’s going on and what kind of medicine to take — so don’t try to treat something like this on your own. And try not to be scared or embarrassed! This is one of the most common experiences us vagina-owners can go through, and doctors have seen it all. You can get checked out and treated by a general nurse or doctor, or a gynecologist  — like the ones at your local Planned Parenthood health center.

Tags: yeast infection, vaginitis, burning sensation, UTI

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