What The Color of Your Vaginal Discharge May Indicate
The color of your Vaginal discharge tells you a lot about what your body is passing through at any particular time. We have made a list of colors of discharge to look out for as well as what they indicate.
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1. Red Vaginal Discharge:
A red discharge occurs mainly as the menstrual period which is seen around every 28 days in women with the regular 28 days menstrual cycle. This bleeding or red discharge usually lasts for about 3 to 7 days. For women who have reached menopause and have not seen their “period” for about a year, they should know that it is abnormal to have any form of red discharge. Therefore, they should visit a physician as it may indicate a serious medical condition. In addition to this, bleeding between periods should also be reported to a doctor as it may be a sign of something unpleasant.
2. Pink Vaginal Discharge:
When a discharge is seen in any shade of pink, it indicates that there is a hint of blood in it. Now, there are various reasons why you may experience pink vaginal discharge. Some of these reasons include a tear that occurred in the cervix or vagina after sex, implantation bleeding that happens at the early stages of pregnancy or spotting experienced prior to ovulation.
3. White Vaginal Discharge:
In most cases, clear white discharge is a healthy form of vaginal discharge as long as it is not accompanied by any other symptom. This white discharge can vary in shades ranging from light yellow to a creamy white color. However, a doctor’s attention will be required if the white discharge has a thick consistency, comes with a pungent smell and is accompanied by itching. This may be a sign of Yeast infection. You should also make an appointment with your doctor if the white discharge you experience comes off like cottage cheese with a strong offensive odor.
4. Gray Vaginal Discharge:
A gray vaginal discharge most times indicates a bacterial infection known as Bacterial Vaginosis (BV). This infection is often associated with other symptoms such as redness of the vulva, irritation, pungent smell and itching. You should visit a doctor as soon as you notice a gray discharge for immediate treatment.
5. Dark Yellow Or Yellowish-Green Vaginal Discharge:
In most cases, a faint yellow discharge may be totally harmless. However, when the discharge becomes dark yellow, green or yellowish-green, accompanied by a foul smell with a thick consistency, it is a strong indication of a bacterial infection or a sexually transmitted infection. This should be taken seriously and a doctor should be consulted immediately for necessary treatment.
A clear and transparent vaginal discharge is a healthy form of discharge. It may be observed as slippery or having the texture of egg white which can stretch between fingers. This form of discharge is mostly experienced during sexual arousal, pregnancy or right before your day of ovulation.