Vaginal discharge is the fluid that comes from the vagina. This discharge is usually clear/milky and doesn’t smell bad. The color and thickness usually change together with your monthly cycle. The discharge is thicker when you ovulate when you breastfeed, or when you are sexually excited. This also keeps the vagina clean and helps fight infection.
Although these discharges are very normal, a change in the amount of discharge, color, and smell, could be a sign of a problem. Here are some of the signs that can mean there is a problem with your vaginal discharge:
- Vaginal itching, burning or redness
- Vaginal bleeding that is not within the menstrual period
If you are dealing with a change in color, smell, and consistency, you might be dealing with an infection and other conditions. These are the few things that can upset and balance:
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Birth control pills
- Chlamydia or gonorrhea
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Yeast infection
Your vaginal discharge might be a sign of an infection if it:
- Causes itching
- Looks foamy
- Causes swelling
- Causes itching
- Has bad odor
The treatment for abnormal discharges will depend on the cause of the problem. For example, bacterial vaginosis is usually treated with antibiotic pills or creams. Yeast infections are treated with antifungal medications.
Here are some tips for preventing infections of the vagina that could lead to abnormal discharge:
- After going to the bathroom, always wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from getting into the vagina and cause infection
- Keep the vagina clean by washing using a mild soap and warm water
- Never douche or use scented soaps, avoid feminine sprays
- Wear 100% cotton underwear
- Avoid tight clothing
If you notice a change in your vaginal discharge, make an appointment with your gynecologist right away. They will be able to properly diagnose you and discuss with you the best treatment plan fit for you and your lifestyle. To book an appointment with Doral Health and Wellness, please visit or call 347-955-3465.