Green vaginal discharge at glance
The main reason of green vaginal discharge is infection which may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as itching, burning, discomfort or irregular spotting.
You would need emergency medical care if your green vaginal discharge is accompanied by a high fever, severe abdominal or pelvic pain, change in mental status, confusion, severe nausea and vomiting, or a weak pulse.
Conditions that cause green vaginal discharge may be transmitted to sexual partners and/or result in serious complications.
Green vaginal discharge causes
Green discharge main causes include the following:
- Trichomoniasis (sexually transmitted disease caused by the protozoan parasite Trichomonas vaginalis)
- Chlamydia (sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis)
- Gonorrhea (sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae)
- Bacterial vaginosis (imbalance of bacteria in the vagina, often involving overgrowth of the bacterium Gardnerella vaginalis)
- Foreign body in the vagina
- Lichen Sclerosus
Green vaginal discharge and correlated symptoms
Green discharge may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Conditions that cause green vaginal discharge can cause other genital symptoms and may affect other body systems.
Green discharge may accompany other symptoms affecting the genitals and reproductive tract including:
Green vaginal discharge
- Genital pain or burning
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Vaginal itching
- Vaginal spotting (light bleeding)
Green discharge may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:
- Pain or burning with urination
- Pelvic pain
Green vaginal discharge complications
Because green discharge can be due to serious diseases, failure to seek treatment can result in serious complications and permanent damage. Once the underlying cause is diagnosed, it is important for you to follow the treatment plan that you and your health care professional design specifically for you to reduce the risk of potential complications including:
- Ectopic pregnancy (life-threatening pregnancy growing outside the uterus)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID, infection of a woman’s reproductive organs)
- Spread of disease to close contact or sexual partner
- Toxic shock syndrome (life-threatening condition involving a rapid progression to shock that results from release of bacterial toxins)
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