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How long can you have obtained a vaginal infection prior to seeing symptoms?

By Anonymous February 24, 2015 - 9:13am
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I see my boyfriend about once a month as we have a LDR. Last couple of times I have been on my period. I visited him this past weekend and again had my period at this time. It was actually quite late as it is nomally 25-29 days between each month (last time I had my period being the last time I saw him and had sex) . I initially thought I was prenant and took 2 pregnancy tests prior to it arriving. I travelved to see him this past weekend thinking I may still be pregnant and would go to Doctor as soon as I got back to get an official test. During my visit I noticied an odor and waterery discharge, I then began bleeding aslo with a terrible odor. The last time I had sex with him was more than a month prior to this and was also on my period. I have not had sex with anyone else but him for the past 6 - 7 months and have never had this issue. He thinks that since the period was late and that the infection came about on the day I saw him again, that I was permiscuous withsomeone else in between. I am thinking it was due to the fact that I had sex with him while on period a month prior and putting tampons in and out sometimes inserting before a proper shower but he does not agree. I have an appointment with my gyno next week as to wait until my period is over but he will not understand that this is a common issue among most women and that I must have been doing something in between the last time I had sex with him and this time to have gotten a transmitted disease from someone else to cause this infection. Can you please provide some insight on How long you could have obtained a vaginal infection prior to seeing symptoms?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for reaching out to us with your concern. I am glad that you have scheduled an appointment with your gynecologist.

During your appointment, your doctor will discuss your medical history, do a pelvic exam and obtain a culture specimen from your vagina. Laboratory analysis will determine the cause of the odor and watery discharge.

Having intercourse while on your period is not a likely cause of these symptoms.

Right now, you need to see and talk with your doctor. Since we do not know what type of infection you might have, I really cannot give you the answer you are asking. In general, some individuals will not have any symptoms, such as with chlamydia. In situations where symptoms present, they may not appear until several weeks after you have sex with an infected partner.

Please keep in touch once you see your gynecologist.


February 24, 2015 - 9:59am
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