Watery vaginal discharge
Often women experience watery vaginal discharge which can be considered as the sign of normal healthy balance of vaginal microbes. Watery discharge is a combination of sweat, vaginal lubrication and products of vaginal self-cleaning. Healthy vaginal secretion is responsible not only for self-cleaning but also for regulating the pH of the vagina. Sometimes the volume of watery discharge can increase and women need to know when they need to visit their doctor. Generally speaking, if watery vaginal discharge is combined with unpleasant odor or itching, better to visit your doctor.
Important to know that quality and volume of vaginal discharge can be the symptom and indication of several diseases and health condition, including vaginal infection and sexually transmitted diseases.
Watery vaginal discharge is essential for healthy reproductive organs – the vagina is a passageway (connection between internal reproductive organs and outside of body) responsible for self-cleaning and watery discharge is a result of on-going self-cleaning. Normal watery discharge is helping flushing out dead cells and bacteria, preventing infections intervention – keeping vagina clean and healthy.
Women could have increased watery vaginal discharge in following cases:
Watery vaginal discharge
- After ovulation – increasing conception chances by helping the sperm to reach the egg;
- Before regular normal menstruation;
- During long-term use of hormonal birth control pills;
- During pregnancy;
- After intensive physical exercises;
- During and after sex – as a result of sexual arousal;
- During or after stress.
All mentioned causes are connected to hormonal fluctuations during noted periods.
Vaginal discharge – vaginal infections
If vaginal discharge changes the color, it could become a sign of vaginal infections. It could change the color from cloudy white to yellow, green or brown. At the same time, vaginal discharge could change the odor or texture.
White vaginal discharge
If you have thick white milky or cloudy vaginal discharge with consistency of “cottage cheese” combined with unpleasant smell or even strong fishy odor, it could be a clear symptom of vaginal infection. Mentioned symptoms combined with itching, swelling or redness of the vagina, burning during urination, lower abdominal pain, it could means yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis or combination of both infections.
Yellow vaginal discharge
If you notice thick and creamy, pale, yellowish or dark yellow vaginal discharge with fishy smell, better to visit your doctor. Mentioned symptoms combined with vaginal itching or swelling or redness, painful urination, discomfort or pain during intercourse, pelvic pain, it could mean bacterial vaginosis or gonorrhea or combination of both infections.
Green vaginal discharge
If you have thick dark greenish or yellowish to neon green vaginal discharge with sour or fishy smell and pasty consistency, you could have sexually transmitted diseases. Mentioned symptoms combined with urination problems (urinary incontinence, frequent urination, painful urination), pelvic pain, vaginal itching, swelling or redness, brown spotting between periods, it could confirm trichomoniasis or Chlamydia or combination of both infections.
Gray vaginal discharge
If you notice creamy or cheesy consistency vaginal discharge with increased smell (sometimes unpleasant fishy odor) with changed color (cloudy white to pale grey), it could be a sign of bacterial vaginosis, especially if mentioned symptoms are combined with vaginal redness or swelling, itching and burning.
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