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I had unprotected vaginal sex with my partner and then I had an itchy, swollen vagina the two days after. What was it?

An itchy and swollen vulva can happen for many different reasons, so we can’t give you a definitive answer. Sometimes your body has a reaction similar to an allergic reaction when you have sex with a new partner because that person’s bacteria, yeast, pH, and other factors are different from your own. You may also have had a mild yeast infection, which can cause itching and some swelling. Yeast infections usually require medicine to fully get rid of them.

If you had unprotected sex, we strongly encourage you to get tested for STIs. In general, it’s best to wait a few months before getting tested, since many of the most common STIs take an average of 3 months to show up in your system. If you get tested immediately after having unprotected sex, it’s possible the test results won’t be accurate. Remember that you can get tested for FREE at Teen Clinic, and it’s totally confidential.

I had protected sex with my boyfriend, but a day after we had sex I started to notice that I have an infection and it's very itchy. Could I have an STI or is it another kind of infection?

Some STIs can involve symptoms that include itching.  While using a condom during sexual contact definitely helps reduce the risk of STIs, there is still a risk of transmission.

There are also other types of infections like yeast infections and Bacterial Vaginosis that can occur organically from imbalances in the body (stress, diet, and clothing can all contribute to this). These are not STIs, and they can be treated.

The only way to know what is going on for sure is to see a medical professional. They will be able to determine what is going on, and provide treatment if needed! Remember that Teen Clinic is free if you're 17 or younger, and it's totally confidential.

Why are the sides of my testicles itchy, and what should I do?

Itchy testicles can be caused by a few things. One of the most common causes is a fungal infection, which generally presents as a reddish rash. It could also be a result of chafing, using new soaps or detergents that you might be reacting to, or some STIs. Make sure to keep your genital area clean but don’t use any harsh soaps. If a rash appears or the itching is intense and continues for several days, we recommend making an appointment so a medical provider can take a look.

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