Abnormal Vaginal Discharge

What is the difference between abnormal vaginal discharge and normal discharge?

Abnormal discharge differs in color, quantity, smell and consistency when compared to your normal discharge.

Vagina 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 of this whitish or milky 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 reasons

It is a temporary problem. The discharge will return to its normal level when you are no longer affected by the above 8 conditions.  Meanwhile, you can use the vagina wand to reduce excessive vaginal  discharge.

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

  • thick, white heavy vaginal discharge
  • green or cottage cheese vaginal discharge
  • smelly discharge
  • burning discharge - itching and burning sensation in the vulva. 

Vaginal Infections

A vaginal infection occurs when there is an overgrowth of yeast and bad bacteria in the vagina giving rise to an imbalance in the vaginal flora. Meaning the vagina is overpopulated by yeast and bad bacteria.

The most common form of infections are bacterial vaginal infection, vagina thrush and trichomoniasis.

Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginal Infection

Bacterial vaginal infection or bacterial vaginoisis has vagina discharge which:-

  • Is watery, greyish and cloudy.
  • Has a fishy smell
  • Has itching or burning sensation, slight swelling and redness in the vulva.

 Vaginal Yeast Infection Symptoms

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

Trichomoniasis Symptoms

Trichomoniasis is caused by a protozoan called Trichomonas vaginalis. The symptoms are:-

  1.  Heavy and frothy vaginal discharge.
  2.  Smelly discharge that has a clear, yellowish or greenish color
  3.  Itching and pain during urination.

Other Causes of Abnormal Vaginal Discharge

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. This information is sourced from Medline Plus.

When To Get Medical Attention

Home remedies do help with cases of bacterial vaginal infection 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 to have sex 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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