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Do I have a yeast infection? 

It's 4am and I still can't sleep. Help! 

If I get an genital exam will my parents find out? 

I have what seems to be like a yeast infection but it goes to other areas seeming like an anal fissure. I have small cuts that bleed and itch badly when I wipe. To top it all off, I might have a urinary tract infection? Is it possibly that this could all just be from a yeast infection?

It sounds like you are paying attention to what is going on down under, which is a good place to start! The most common symptom of a yeast infection is extreme itchiness in and around the vagina. Other symptoms include:

  • Burning, redness, and swelling
  • Pain when urinating
  • Pain during sex
  • Soreness
  • A thick white vaginal discharge

Yeast infections can affect all the genital tissues. Sometimes the yeast will spread to the outer skin and cause additional lesions and sores. This might be what you are experiencing.

A vaginal yeast infection can be a sign an underlying, more serious condition, so it is very important that you see a medical provider. Although your symptoms may point to a yeast infection, it could also be another type of vaginal infection. The only way to be sure is to see your health care provider. While it may be tempting to grab for an over-the-counter antifungal cream, the best thing to do is to make an appointment with your doctor. Your medical provider can do a simple test to see if you have a yeast infection, a UTI, or something else. This will ensure that you receive the right course of treatment.

-The Health Nuts

It's 4am and I can't sleep. I've tried everything and I'm going crazy. Help!  

If counting sheep doesn't work for you, the Health Nuts can help! Most college students need 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Getting enough sleep each night is just as important as eating healthy and exercising! If you can clock-in those 9 hours, you'll see some exciting benefits:

Better Memory! You’ll be able to learn and retain new info.

Better Health! You’ll boost your immune response, making it easier for your body to fight off illness.

Better Concentration! Completing homework assignments and writing essays becomes easier because you can focus.

Better Mood! You’ll manage stress better and will be less likely to feel anxious, irritable, sad or worried.

One of the best things you can do if you are struggling to fall asleep is to create a "winding-down" period at night. This means putting your phone and laptop to bed, too! Try to avoid using technology for one hour before bed. The  bright light of cell phones, tablets and computer screens send the wrong message to your body: it is telling you to stay awake. Here are some other Health Nut favs: 

  • Avoid caffeine after 3pm
  • Minimize sleep distractions: use an eye mask and ear plugs
  • Keep naps to 10-20 minutes
  • Exercise daily. Try to finish your workout routine by 8pm, because exercising right before bed can keep you awake. 

Sleep tight, The Health Nuts

If I get a genital exam is there any way my parents would find out? Or if I just go in for a check-up and end up needing to take prescription medications would they find out?

This is a great question! If you are over 18 you are considered a legal adult which means your parents cannot inquire about your medical visits. The nature of your medical visit is confidential and will show up on your LOUIE account as a “Campus Health Services” charge. It will not state that you had a genital exam. BUT if your parents pay your expenses through LOUIE, they might see this “Campus Health Service” charge.

There is a reason why we word it this way. Your parents (and anyone else looking at your account) won’t know if you had a sore throat, a massage, or a genital exam. It will all look the same.

If you need a prescription you can fill it at the campus health pharmacy. Again, this charge will be a “Campus Health Service” charge—it won’t state that you picked up a prescription. In fact, you can buy a variety of things at the campus pharmacy: athletic clothes, granola bars, greeting cards—and they show up as a “Campus Health Services” charge too. You can pick up a prescription and also buy a cute stuffed frog to give to that special person in your life. Your parents won’t be able to tell the difference.

Keep in mind that if you are covered under your parents’ insurance policy, your parents might receive an invoice. Though it might not give the details of your visit, it could raise some questions about why you went to see the doctor. One thing you could do is pay cash for your visit, in order to avoid a charge to your insurance. 

If you have any other questions about confidentiality you can call Medical Services.

-The Health Nuts