Abnormal Vaginal Discharge


For most of us, abnormal vaginal discharge has always been a subject of concern.

Vaginal discharge is the fluid that is produced by the glands in the lining of the vagina and cervix. It is nature’s way of keeping the vagina clean and healthy.

It is normal to have a daily teaspoon or two of milky white, clear and odorless vagina discharge 

This same type of discharge would seem to be abnormal when it increases. The increase in the amount of this clear, whitish or milky white discharge could be due to:-

  • Hormonal imbalance cause by mood swings
  • Menstruation (mid cycle of menses)
  • Stressful lifestyles
  • Sexual excitement
  • Medication
  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Malnutrition

You should not worry too much if you are certain that the increase in vaginal fluid is due to the above conditions.

It is a temporary problem. The discharge will return to its normal quantity when you are no longer influenced by the above conditions.  Meanwhile, you can use the vagina wand to reduce excessive discharge.

But, you might be having a vaginal infection if your discharge is:-

  • excessive
  • changes in color and texture
  • emits a foul smell 
  • accompanied by itching and burning sensation in the vulva. 

Vaginal Infections

Vaginal infections occur when there is an overgrowth of yeast and bad bacteria in the vagina. There is an imbalance in the vaginal flora. It is overpopulated by yeast and bad bacteria.

The most common form of infections are bacterial vaginosis and thrush.

Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

  • Bacterial vaginosis has vaginal discharge that is watery, greyish and cloudy.
  • Has a fishy smell.
  • There may be itching or burning, slight swelling and redness in the vulva.

Symptoms of Vaginal Yeast Infection (Vagina Thrush or Candida)

  • Vagina yeast infection has a discharge that is foamy, white clumpy (cottage-cheese like) consistency. 
  • Unlike BV this type of abnormal vaginal discharge is odorless
  • There is an intense itching sensation and slight swelling around the vagina.

Trichmoniasis

Tricomoniasis is caused by a protozoa.

  1. The vaginal discharge is heavy and frothy.
  2. The discharge is smelly and has a yellow to greenish color.
  3. There is itching and pain during urination.

Menopause

  1. The vagina becomes thinner and dryer after menopause.
  2. This fragile state causes the vagina walls to tear easily. 
  3. It becomes an ideal environment for bacteria to enter and disrupt the vagina flora.
  4. Inflammation and infection occurs resulting in excessive vaginal discharge.

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

STDs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia do produce abnormal vaginal discharge. It is sticky with a yellowish to greenish color.

Other symptoms of gonorrhea and chlamydia include:-

  • bleeding between periods
  • painful urination
  • pain/bleeding during sex
  • bleeding after sex

Vagina Cancer

Blood tinged, watery vaginal discharge might be signs of cancer of the vagina, cervix or lining of the uterus. Information sourced from Medline Plus.

When To Get Medical Attention

Home remedies do help with cases of BV and vaginal yeast infections.

If symptoms persist, do not be shy to see an obstetrician to determine the cause.

Prompt medical attention can mean a matter of life or death if the abnormal discharge is STD or cancer related.

Is it alright to have sex while being treated for abnormal vaginal discharge?

It is not advisable. If you are being treated for:-

STDs - the chance of the infection recurring increases especially if your partner has not been treated.

Yeast infection - Having sex can interfere with the effectiveness of the anti-fungal vagina cream. You run the risk of not being completely cured.

Discharge with pain - Be sure that you are completely treated and pain free before resuming sex. The chaffing from intercourse can worsen the pain.

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