My discharge has a gross fishy smell and is kind of yellow. I'm sexually active but my boyfriend and I have both been tested and don't have any STIs. What could I have?

Vaginas and penises are self-cleaning organs. Moisture secretions from the membranes that line the vagina are normal and help control the growth of organisms—like yeast and certain bacteria. So over time, you'll get to know what normal discharge looks and smells like.

What you're describing sounds like an infection. Some infections like bacterial vaginitis can occur organically from imbalances in the body (stress, diet, and clothing can all contribute to this). These are not STIs, and can be treated. Some of these infections may resolve on their own, but others require medical treatment.

It would be a good idea to see a medical provider. They can determine if an infection is present and prescribe a treatment if necessary.

What does it mean if my vagina burns and itches, do I have an infection?

Burning in and around the vagina could mean a variety of things. Yeast infections and bacterial vaginitis can cause burning. Burning can also be a symptom of some sexually transmitted infections. In order for someone to contract an STI, they would need to engage in sexual activity with a person who already has an STI.

If the burning continues, it would be a good idea to see a medical professional to figure out exactly what is going on. 

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