Pelvic, vaginal, and urinary tract infections can be caused by an overgrowth of a wide array of pathogens. Normally, throughout the menstrual cycle, women will experience a clear or whitish discharge. But, if you are experiencing any itching, burning, abnormal discharge, or unpleasant odor, it is important that you listen to your body and get tested and treated. While some symptoms of itching and burning are caused by lotions, pads, and other products, many infections are caused by a surplus of naturally occurring bacteria or yeast, while others may be the result of a sexually transmitted infection. Consult a provider to take the necessary steps to begin treating your infection now.