For a while now, before my period, I have sharp vaginal pains for a few seconds. I usually always have some kind of pain involving my vagina before my period. I don't remember when I first started having them though. Since I have started using tampons, there has been a discomfort while trying to put it up there. It's only while I'm sliding it up too. It happens too when I try to finger myself. The discomfort is only around either my tampon or finger. I haven't talked to a gynecologist yet because I don't have one yet (I'm only fourteen so I can't get one myself). I talked to my mom about it and she thought I was putting my tampons in wrong-- which I know I'm not. I don't know if this is important but I wanted to mention them just in case that ovarian cysts, UTIs, and (I believe) endometriosis are common in my family. Should I be worried?

I'm sorry that you have to deal with this discomfort! While lower abdominal pain is normal a few days before and during one's period from uterine cramps, that doesn't sound like what you are experiencing. Additionally, ovarian cysts and endometriosis typically do not cause the symptoms you are describing, but UTIs can cause itchy and discomfort.

I would encourage you to see a healthcare provider to receive an examination and to determine what may be causing these symptoms so that you don't have to continue to have this discomfort. You are more than welcome to come to The Corner to see us for a gynecologist visit; we see patients ages 12-25! You can always contact us to schedule an appointment. 

I masturbate every day and have the urge to masturbate all the time. Could this cause long-term health problems? Also, I feel hesitant talking to girls because I will only have masturbating on my mind. Is there any way to make these urges stop?

Masturbation cannot cause long-term health problems. In fact, it is a healthy way to relieve stress and to manage sexual urges. It is also a great way for people who have a high sex drive to feel sexual pleasure without the risk of pregnancy of STI transmission.  Some people have the desire to masturbate a lot.  Other people don't have the desire to masturbate at all.  

Masturbation is generally a healthy part of life.  However, sometimes too much of a good thing can be unhealthy. If masturbation is getting in the way of your work, school, or relationships, it might be a good idea to talk to a doctor or counselor. For example, it might be a problem if you are constantly late to work/school because of the urges or if your masturbation practices are causing tension in your relationships. It is also important to keep in mind that there are some places where it is probably not appropriate to masturbate.  Some examples of this might be in public restrooms, at work, or in the car. Unfortunately, there isn't a magic number of times per week that is "too much." For each person, that number might be a little bit different.  If you have any more questions, feel free to schedule an appointment.


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