If you've noticed that your teenage daughter's underwear has a heavy odor and that there is some discharge that doesn't seem normal, you may want to take her in for STD testing. If you have had thoughts that your daughter may be sexually active, this could be a sign and you need to get her treatment.
There are a lot of different reasons why your teen may have a vaginal discharge or odor, but you want to get a diagnosis from a gynecologist before the problem progresses. It may not be easy or comfortable, but you need to speak with your teen about the issue. Here are a few things you want to talk about your doctor with before the appointment.
Ask your teen about the discharge and what it's like. Explain that not all discharge is a disease, but if they are sexually active they could be at the risk of STD's that cause discharge. They will need to tell the doctor what color it is, if there is blood, and where they have pain so the doctor knows what to look for and test for.
Protected Sex and Risks
You need to ask your daughter if she has been having unprotected sex, so you know if she may need a pregnancy test. You need to explain that if she is having unprotected sex and isn't tested for the proper diseases, it could affect her health long term. It could cause infertility if the diseases aren't treated, and you want to know if she's at the risk of being pregnant.
If your teen admits to having sex, you should consider birth control options for her protection. If she doesn't want to talk with you about it, tell her to talk with the doctor. You will have to get the prescription if she isn't 18 years of age, but tell her that you will support her decision, or that you want her to know she can come to you.
If you have already been suspicious that your daughter may be sexually active and you've noticed that her underwear have a lot of discharge markings and they smell, you need to be concerned. You don't want your teen to end up with a disease that can't be treated with antibiotics, because you couldn't be upfront with her about the medical risks and concerns of pregnancy. Make an appointment and educate your daughter.