Hi all! I'm in a bit of a bind due to being between insurance coverages (new job, doesn't kick in until August) and not really having the money to spend on unnecessary doctor visits. I realize and acknowledge that I may have to go anyway, but I'd like to avoid it unless I have no other option. As such, I'm trying to get a better idea of what this is, if it's clearly something I can treat myself or will go away on its own, or if it's clearly something that I need to get checked out.
Forewarning: I'm a bit wordy.
Lots of background info: I'm just now getting over a nasty cold (flu?) that included minor abdominal muscle soreness. It was fine unless I stretched or laid on my stomach, things like that. It's mostly gone now but there's still a little there. That started a little over a week ago and mostly subsided by Wednesday. I am part of a poly triad, but we're not active with others at the moment and haven't been in at least a year, probably closer to two. There are no known infections or odd symptoms with either of my partners. I've had BV before and didn't know it due to being asymptomatic. I've also had plenty of yeast infections. I had a UTI when I was little, but none since – I had some symptoms similar to this before (discomfort, we'll get to that in a bit) and doctor tested me and told me it was nothing, and it did go away with time. My period just ended. I have a copper IUD and no known lady problems aside from infrequent periods (which has resolved itself recently). No PCOS or anything.
Symptoms: I have yellowish discharge (or urine?). It's a pretty bright yellow. It's not chunky or anything like a yeastie tends to be, just kind of thin and yellow. My urine is dark, but I think that's just because I'm dehydrated. I'm drinking tons of water to take care of that. I have quite a bit of discharge… I normally wear unscented pantiliners, but I have been using scented… I've switched back to unscented as of today. I've had kind of an off-color but not overly concerning discharge for a couple months, but it's never been this alarming of a yellow and didn't come with any discomfort so I let it be.
I haven't had sex in a couple months either, though I have twice in the last couple weeks, and the most recent time my cervix (I imagine) hurt, kind of a sharp pain, but not unbearable. We had to stop anyway because my IUD made me nervous. I'm not cramping at all, though I do have vaguely yeasty sensitiveness down there that started today – definitely reminds me of a yeastie. At the same time, when I pee, it's not exactly painful but it's uncomfortable. I don't have that "I GOTTA PEE ALL THE TIME!" feeling that UTIs give you and no burning. It reminds me of when I went in because I thought I had a UTI and the doctor told me it was just irritation, but I mention it just in case it's relevant.