What is vaginal discharge? It is actually the vaginal secretion of vaginal glands – certain amount of fluid which flows out of the vagina each day, carrying out old cells that have lined the vagina. It is the special natural vaginal cleaning process necessary for keeping vaginal clean without aggressive infections.
Normal vaginal discharge is usually clear transparent or milky without bad unpleasant odor. Every woman knows the color, the volume and specific smell of her own daily discharge. And once it is changed (color or volume or odor), it could indicate several health conditions. Special attention should be paid to combined symptoms such as abdominal pain, burning urination or irregular periods.
Vaginal discharge could be a sign of vaginal infections if it causes itching and/or swelling, has a bad odor (especially fishy odor), if it is green, yellow or gray in color and if it looks foamy or like cottage cheese.
Vaginal discharge during yeast infection
Small amounts of yeast fungus are often found in a healthy vagina but extensive grow can cause unpleasant symptoms. Women are at risk of yeast infection if they are suffering from diabetes or if they are pregnant or if they use antibiotics or birth control pills.
Painful vagina – especially during sexual contacts.
Vaginal discharge during bacterial vaginosis
Bacterial vaginosis is very specific condition caused by bacteria Gardnerella vaginalis combined with disbalance of other vaginal microbes. Bacterial vaginosis could be diagnosed in virgin girls as well as in sexually active women.
Trichomoniasis is very common sexually transmitted infection cause by Trichomonas vaginalis. Main reason for this vaginal infection is unprotected sex. Sometimes women could have vaginal trichomoniasis without any visible symptoms but in most cases symptoms are very obvious.
Typical symptoms of trichomoniasis include:
Vaginal discharge – watery, yellowish or greenish with very specific bubbling,
Vaginal odor – different from natural,
Vaginal itching – not intensive, sometimes provoked by urination,
Gonorrhea is one of the oldest known sexually transmitted diseases caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a bacterium that can grow and multiply easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix, uterus, Fallopian tubes and in the urethra (urine canal).
Typical symptoms of gonorrhea include:
Vaginal discharge – intensive cloudy yellowish,
Vaginal irregular bleeding – mainly between periods,
Urination problems – frequent urination with pain and burning sensation,
Inflammation and irritation – on outer area of the vagina (redness and swelling of the genitals),
Vaginal itching and burning.
Vaginal discharge during Chlamydia
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection cause by Chlamydia trachomatis, which can damage women reproductive organs. Even though symptoms of Chlamydia are usually mild or absent but Chlamydia can cause infertility.
Vaginal yeast infection (vaginal Candidiasis, Vaginal Candida) is pretty common fungal infection. According to health experts, 3 out of 4 women experience vaginal yeast infection during their lifetime. Vaginal yeast…
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.