Normal vaginal discharge is a fluid or semisolid substance that flows out of the vaginal opening to clean and moisten the vagina and it also helps prevent and fight infections. The amount, color, and texture of vaginal fluids vary among women and throughout a girl’s menstrual cycle. But there are some changes that their occurrences indicate a problem, some of these changes are:
– Change in odor (foul odor)
– Change on color (especially greenish or grayish)
– Change in texture (such as foamy or looking like cottage cheese)
– Vaginal bleeding or spotting that is not a menstrual period
– Vaginal itching, burning, swelling, or redness
In fact, there are many different types of vaginal discharge and they are categorized based of their color and consistency. In the following part we will mention some types of vaginal discharge and explain which types are normal and which ones that may indicate an health problem.
White: A bit of white discharge, especially at the beginning or end of your menstrual cycle, is normal. But if the discharge is accompanied by itching and has a thick texture or appearnace, it is not normal.
Clear and Watery: It is very normal to experience a clear and watery discharge and it may be heavy after exercise.
Clear and Stretchy: If your discharge is clear but stretchy and mucous-like it means that you are likely ovulating and it is a normal discharge.
Brown or Bloody: Generally brown or bloody discharge is normal and it is more likely to occur during or right after your menstrual cycle. But in rare cases, brown or bloody discharge can be a sign of advanced cervical cancer.
Yellow or Green: A yellow or green discharge, especially when it’s thick, chunky, or accompanied by a bad smell, is not normal. This type of discharge may be a sign of the infection trichomoniasis, which is commonly spread through sexual intercourse.
Abnormal vaginal discharge can be caused by a number of different infections which include:
– Bacterial Vaginosis: It is a bacterial infection that caused bu an imbalance in the growth of the bacteria that are normally present in the vagina. This common condition causes increased vaginal discharge that has a, foul, and sometimes fishy odor and the fluids may be thin and grayish in color.
– Yeast Infections: It happens when there is an overgrowth of yeast in the vagina. It may cause your discharge to become very white and thick and it may cause severe itching and burning.
– Trichomoniasis: This infection is usually spread by sexual contact. It results in a yellow or green discharge that has a strong odor. And it can also cause pain, inflammation, and itching.