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What The Color of Your Vaginal Discharge Say About Your Health

by Team SehatCloud
What The Color of Your Vaginal Discharge Say About Your Health

What the color of your vaginal discharge means

The vaginal ecosystem, consisting of moisture, PH and some naturally occurring bacteria, is a very dynamic and sensitive environment that is subject to changes internally and externally. It is therefore normal to experience Vaginal discharge very often. This can be due to various reasons and conditions of the female reproductive system and body in general.

However, the consistency, texture, smell, appearance, and quantity of discharge should be closely observed as this can serve as a pointer to certain changes or health challenges your body is experiencing at that time.

As you read this article further, you will have a vivid understanding of what the color, consistency, smell, as well as texture of your Vaginal discharge, means.

Vaginal Discharge

The glands in the cervix and vagina produce some fluid which acts as a cleansing agent for the female reproductive system. This fluid washes away impurities such as bacteria and dead cells so as to keep the vagina free of infection. Now, this fluid is known as Vaginal discharge.

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However, when there is a disruption in the balance of the naturally occurring bacteria in the vagina, it may affect the smell, color, and consistency of your discharge resulting in abnormal vaginal discharge.

Your vaginal discharge can also vary with the specific time of your menstrual cycle.

  • During your menstrual period (Day 1-5), the uterine lining sheds off in form of red, bloody discharge.
  • After your menstrual period (Day 6-14), as the eggs begin to mature again, you may notice a sticky, white and cloudy discharge in very minimal amounts.
  • Then at the peak of ovulation (Day 14-25), you will observe a thin, slippery discharge that has the consistency of egg white which soon returns back to its sticky, white and cloudy nature after ovulation. Finally, a few days before the next menstrual period (Day 25-28), the discharge comes in lesser amounts.

Causes Of Abnormal Vaginal Discharge

Listed below are various causes of abnormal vaginal discharge:
  1. Frequent use of birth control pills.
  2. Presence of a sexually transmitted infection.
  3. Use of steroids or antibiotics.
  4. Pelvic inflammatory disease.
  5. Cervical cancer.
  6. Diabetes.
  7. Pregnancy.
  8. Use of scented soap or lotion.
  9. Bubble baths and douching.
  10. Other infections such as yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis and so on.
  11. Menopause.
  12. Poor personal hygiene.

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.

1. Red:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

6. Transparent:

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.

When To Seek Medical Care

It is recommended that you seek medical care as soon as you observe an unfamiliar odor, appearance or consistency in your vaginal discharge. Other symptoms experienced along with a discharge that will require a doctor’s attention are:

  1. Regular spotting after every sexual intercourse.
  2. Unpleasant sensation or pain.
  3. Itching.
  4. Discharge that is seen in the form of cottage cheese.
  5. Red discharge between periods.
  6. Bleeding after menopause.
  7. Foul or pungent smell.
  8. A burning sensation that is experienced while urinating.
  9. Green, yellowish-green or gray vaginal discharge.

In Conclusion,

There are various irritations that can set off an abnormal discharge such as the use of antibiotics, douching or diseases like a pelvic inflammatory disease. Therefore, it is important to pay close attention to your vagina and observe a healthy lifestyle and good personal hygiene. It is also crucial to make a prompt visit to your doctor when you notice any unusual smell, odor or consistency in your discharge as improper management or treatment may result in a more serious medical condition.

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