Vaginal discharge is a topic that every woman is curious about and want to discuss, but feel nervous or shy to discuss with even to their closest friends. Vaginal discharge is normal and every female has it at least once in their lifetime. This is nothing you should be ashamed of.
What Is Vaginal Discharge?
Vaginal discharge is a combination of fluid that comes from the vagina and cervical mucus. Cervix and skin inside the vagina always produce some kind of discharge which is healthy for vagina. You might see this fluid on the toilet paper when you wipe or on your underwear.
Normal Vaginal Discharge
Normal discharge is healthy. You’ll typically notice a clear or whitish discharge without any foul odor. The texture may vary and thin, sticky, and elastic, or thick and gooey and this can depend on the time of the month.
Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
Discharge can have certain colors, odors or texture can be a sign of either physiologic changes or an infection. It’s important to keep an eye out for changes in vaginal discharge. There may be a problem if you notice:
- a variation in odour (especially an unpleasant odour)
- a variation in colour (especially greenish, greyish, or anything looking like pus)
- a difference in texture (such as foamy or looking like cottage cheese)
- vaginal itching, burning, swelling, or redness
Vaginal infections, such as bacterial vaginosis, candidiasis (yeast infection), and trichomoniasis are common causes of abnormal vaginal discharge. If you notice any changes in your vaginal discharge or think you can have an issue, visit your gynaecologist.
Discharge colour and types
Most of the time it is normal but can be abnormal sometimes. A little bit of white discharge particularly at the start or end of your menstrual cycle is normal. However, if any itching and thick consistency discharge occur with a cottage cheese texture, it could mean there is a yeast infection, candidiasis.
Clear and Watery
Sometimes a woman may experience a clear and watery discharge. This is totally normal and can happen at any time of the month. It may be particularly heavy after walkouts and after sex.
Clear and Stretchy
When your discharge is clear and stretchy or looks like mucous instead of water, it is a sign that you are possibly ovulating. This occurs in the middle of the menstruation cycle. This is a healthy and perfectly normal discharge.
This can also be normal sometimes but mostly a sign of infection. Generally, when a yellow discharge is thick, fatty, or when it has a bad smell, it is abnormal. This is due to infection with trichomoniasis, which is frequently transmitted during sexual intercourse.
It is abnormal and suggestive of an infection. A yellow or green thick, chunky and foul smelly discharge is abnormal. This could be again a sign of sexually transmitted disease like trichomoniasis.
Bloody and brown discharge
It is a severe sign that you should be concerned about. This indicates an irregular menstrual cycle, or less often, endometrial and cervical cancer. Mostly a pain in pelvic region is mostly accompanied with this.
Take this information and share it with your friends, because vaginal discharge shouldn’t be a taboo subject. At the end of the day, we’re all women who have the same questions and information. And to keep your vagina healthy. Visit here.