Aunt Vadge: clumpy yellow discharge, ear infections and antibiotics – what’s up?

Hi there Aunt Vadge,

I’ve always had these tiny cuts around the lips of my vagina and entrance, recently had sex again and we used a condom the first time. The second time we were too into it and we didn’t. He did pull out and I am on the Depo shot.

Now, that was late July. It is now August 9th and this past 3 or 4 days I had minor bleeding due to these cuts I assumed, never bled before though.

And now I’m discharging A LOT. I don’t get periods with my depo shot, but this is slimy, clumpy discharge that’s yellow-white, sometimes more yellow and vise versa.

I am on an antibiotic for a double ear infection and have been for about 2 weeks now. I haven’t shaved so the cuts can’t be because of that. It’s lightened up, I guess, but not much of a big difference.

Now after I had sex I had A LOT of clumped gooey bleeding. My boyfriend, now ex, came inside. When I had been two weeks on the depo, I bled about one-and-a-half months after that.

Maybe it’s a miscarriage aftermath?

Age 15


Hey Clumpy,

Thanks for your email – sounds like you are a bit of a mess! Antibiotics often cause women to get thrush (a yeast infection), but your cuts and discharge sound a bit more intense than what thrush would normally produce.

The Depo shot is pretty good at preventing pregnancy, so it is unlikely that you have become pregnant and are miscarrying. 

Yellow mucous of any kind is usually associated with infections, so go straight to the doctor to get a proper examination and tests for infections. The bacteria that cause ear infections can also cause problems elsewhere in your body.

In the meantime, start eating as many fermented foods as you can to try to adjust the balance of bacteria in your system a little after being on intense antibiotics for two weeks. You need to recolonise with good bacteria, so read about cheap recipes you can make at home, ask whoever pays your bills to buy you some good-quality probiotics, and take you to the sexual health clinic.

Don’t wait any longer, because if it is some kind of vaginal infection, you don’t want it to spread to your reproductive organs and cause damage.

Aunt Vadge

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