What Is Vaginal Discharge?
Vaginal discharge is fluid that comes out of the vagina. It can be seen on toilet paper when you wipe the vaginal area or mostly in your panties. There are lots of awkward stories associated to vaginal discharge. However, it would interest you to know that a normal vaginal discharge is never abnormal.
Purpose of Vaginal Discharge
A normal, regular vaginal discharge does the following:
- Cleans the vagina
- Moistens the vagina
- Prevents and fights infections
It is absolutely okay to experience a change in discharge color, texture, and the amount of fluid. This is due to changes in every woman’s menstrual cycle. Though certain changes in discharge may mean there is a problem.
When Is Vaginal Discharge Normal?
A normal vaginal discharge can be either thin, sticky, elastic, thick and tender. It is also clear, white, or off-white in color.
When Is Vaginal Discharge Not Normal?
- When it changes in smell (Unpleasant)
- When the fluid color changes to be either greenish, yellowish or grayish
- A change in texture (foamy or looking like cheese or pus from a skin boil)
- Chronic itching, burning, swelling, or redness
- Chronic vaginal bleeding or spotting aside regular menstrual period
Causes of Abnormal Vaginal Discharge?
There are many causes of unhealthy vaginal discharge. However, the main effect are Vaginal infections, like; Candidiasis (yeast infection), Trichomoniasis, Bacterial Vaginosis. These infections do not come as a result of having “Sex”. Other vaginal infections that affect your vaginal discharge spread through sexual intercourse, like: Herpes, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, etc.
Causes of Vaginal Infections
- Taking some types of “Antibiotics”(They reduce the effectiveness of some good bacteria in the vaginal area)
- Inadequate rest time
- Hormone Imbalance
- Stress and Depression
- Uncontrolled Diabetes
- Poor Immune System
- Consuming high amounts of sugary foods
Signs and Symptoms of a Vaginal Infection
- Itching in or around the vagina
- Swelling around the vagina
- Burning sensation when urinating or having sex
- Pain during sex
- Rashes around vagina
It is very vital to visit a gynecologist when you experience unusual changes in your regular discharge.