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Greenish vaginal discharge

Greenish vaginal discharge is unusual and abnormal feminine secretion that is often combined with foul smelling, vaginal itching and possibly fever. In most cases greenish vaginal discharge is caused by infections (mainly sexually transmitted), but may also accompany other health conditions where secondary or overlying infection occurs.

Depending on type and severity of the infection, abnormal vaginal discharge could appear as watery or frothy, yellow or yellowish and later becoming greenish, thick or green. In most cases greenish discharge is combined with discomfort, vaginal itching, burning sensation, vaginal odor, pelvic pain and brown spotting.

Greenish vaginal discharge causes

Common causes of greenish vaginal discharge are some vaginal infections, sexually transmitted infections and foreign body in the vagina:

Greenish vaginal discharge during gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is common sexually transmitted infection causes by Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria – can be transmitted during unprotected contacts. Typical symptoms could appear fast after exposure – within 2-10 days or up to 3 weeks. Some women don’t mention any symptoms but often main symptoms include:

Greenish vaginal discharge

Greenish vaginal discharge

  • thick yellow discharge or greenish-green discharge,
  • vaginal itching and burning,
  • pelvic pain,
  • brown spotting between periods,
  • frequent painful urination,
  • discomfort during contacts.

Gonorrhea can cause serious diseases, such as pelvic inflammatory disease which could easily lead to infertility.

Greenish vaginal discharge during trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is also sexually transmitted infection caused by Trichomonas vaginalis – can be transmitted during unprotected contacts. Typical symptoms usually appear after 5-28 days from exposure and include the following:

  • greenish-yellow or frothy vaginal discharge,
  • strong vaginal odor,
  • painful urination,
  • vaginal itching,
  • irritation and discomfort during sexual contacts,
  • abdominal pain (rare).

Greenish vaginal discharge during Chlamydia

Chlamydia is pretty common sexually transmitted infection caused by bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis – also transmitted during unprotected contacts. Majority of women (75-80%) don’t mention any symptoms but some women experience the following:

Greenish vaginal discharge with odor

Greenish vaginal discharge with odor

  • cloudy or yellowish or greenish vaginal discharge,
  • foul vaginal odor,
  • vaginal itching or burning sensation,
  • bleeding after sexual contacts,
  • burning pain during urination,
  • reddish or brown spotting between periods,
  • lower abdominal pain with fever.

Untreated Chlamydia could cause serious and permanent damage to the reproductive system including infertility. Chlamydia could also cause life-threatening ectopic pregnancy.

Greenish vaginal discharge during pelvic inflammatory disease

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is triggered by infection in reproductive organs – often spreading upward from the cervix to the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and surrounding structures. Main symptoms include the following:

  • abdominal pain combined with fever,
  • greenish or yellow vaginal discharge,
  • infertility.

Greenish vaginal discharge during bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a non-infectious condition triggered by an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina – it could happen even in girls who did not start yet sexual activities. Typical symptoms include typical “fishy” vaginal smell, gray to white or yellow to greenish vaginal discharge.

Greenish vaginal discharge and strange vaginal items

Foreign body (tampon, toys) that has been left in the vagina for a long time could cause an alteration of the normal bacterial flora of the vagina, resulting in the appearance of smelly yellow to greenish or brown vaginal discharge combined with vaginal itching, rashes, bleeding, pain during urination or sex and inflammation.
Left tampon could cause toxic shock syndrome (life-threatening condition involving a rapid progression to shock that results from release of bacterial toxins).


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