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Your Darker Genitals May Also be Known as:
Darkened genitals
Genital color change

Top 8 Darker Genitals Causes

  1. 1.Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

    The adrenal glands make hormones in the body. If they are not working, it will affect a child's ability to grow and develop. This is, however, treatable.

    You should see your primary care physician (PCP) tomorrow for a sick visit.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    irregular period, acne, excessive hair on unexpected parts of body, male pattern baldness, unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Yeast Infection

    Recurrent yeast infections are caused by a fungus called "Candida." Candida is the scientific name for yeast that lives almost everywhere, including in the human body. Typically, our immune system keeps it under control, but if you take antibiotics or gets sick, the fungus can multiply and cause an infection. In this case, it is happening in the vagina.

    You can treat this with over-the-counter medications. Meanwhile, you should plan a visit with your primary care physician to discuss your recurring symptoms. A longer treatment and additional testing might be needed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, thick vaginal discharge, white/gray vaginal discharge, vaginal pain, vulvovaginal redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Gonococcal Cervicitis

    Gonorrhea is a common STD and 350,000 cases occur each year in the United States. It is transmitted through unprotected sex.

    You should visit your primary care physician to get tested as soon as possible and discuss treatment options. Please make sure you have protected intercourse until you have been tested.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, painful sex, yellow pus vaginal discharge, heavy menstrual flow
    Symptoms that never occur with gonococcal cervicitis:
    improving vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Irritant Contact Dermatitis of the Vagina

    Many women suffer from come-and-go vaginal itching. If the itching is not accompanied by other symptoms like painful urination or discharge, it's likely nothing to worry about.

    Avoid using products that may irritate your vagina. In particular, stay away from douching and using vaginal washes.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vaginal discharge, urinary changes
    Symptoms that always occur with irritant contact dermatitis of the vagina:
    vaginal itch or burning
    Symptoms that never occur with irritant contact dermatitis of the vagina:
    urinary changes, vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  5. 5.Normal Case of Vaginal Discharge

    Vaginal discharge is a common issue many women experience and is likely nothing to worry about. Your vaginal discharge can change depending on your menstrual cycle. Recent initiation or a change in contraceptives can also cause a temporary change in discharge.

    You most likely have nothing to worry about. If the discharge becomes severe or you have other symptoms like itching or foul odor, you should speak with your primary care physician or OBGYN.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, mild vaginal discharge, white/gray vaginal discharge, clear vaginal discharge, severe vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that always occur with normal case of vaginal discharge:
    vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that never occur with normal case of vaginal discharge:
    vaginal itch or burning, painful urination, severe vaginal discharge, vaginal pain, abdominal pain (stomach ache), bleeding after sex, missed period
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  6. 6.Atrophic Vaginitis

    Atrophic vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina and surrounding structures. It is caused by decreased levels of estrogen which causes the endometrial and vaginal lining to thin and vaginal pH to increase, causing symptoms like dryness, burning, and itching.

    You should speak with your physician to discuss symptoms and treatment options. Treatment may include estrogen replacement, moisturizers, and lubricants.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, vaginal itch or burning, painful sex, bleeding after sex
    Symptoms that always occur with atrophic vaginitis:
    hidden: menarche status: perimenopausal or postmenopausal
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Chlamydia Infection

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread through unprotected sex. Each year, over 1 million Americans are diagnosed with this STD.

    You should visit a physician to confirm the diagnosis where an antibiotic will be prescribed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, sudden urgency to urinate, bleeding after sex, frequent urination
    Symptoms that never occur with chlamydia infection:
    improving vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Trichomonas Vaginal Infection

    Trichomonas vaginalis infection (or "Trichomoniasis" or "trich") is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by a parasite of the same name. It affects over 3 million people per year, but only about 30% have any symptoms.

    You should go see your primary care doctor in the coming days. He or she may order a number of tests to identify if the bug is actually the cause of your symptoms. Treatment involves prescription metronidazole or tinidazole.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vulvovaginal odor, vaginal itch or burning, vaginal bleeding, white/gray vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that always occur with trichomonas vaginal infection:
    vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that never occur with trichomonas vaginal infection:
    vaginal ulcer
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Darker Genitals

  • Q.Is your vaginal discharge constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you urinate?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.How much discharge is coming out of your vagina?

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Darker Genitals Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced darker genitals have also experienced:

    • 33% Vaginal Itch or Burning
    • 16% Abdominal Cramps (Stomach Cramps)
    • 16% Bloody Vaginal Discharge
  • People who have experienced darker genitals were most often matched with:

    • 44% Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
    • 22% Yeast Infection
    • 11% Gonococcal Cervicitis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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