Details about Flow of discharge from the female vagina

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Details about Flow of whitish, yellowish, or greenish discharge from the female vagina

It could be a parameter to measure the health of the body. It is safe to check the color and consistency of vaginal discharge from time to time.

What is a vaginal discharge?

Vaginal discharge is a fluid substance secreted from the glands in the vagina and cervix. This discharge of fluid is an indication of removing old cells and debris. It also maintains the vagina and reproductive tract clean and hygiene. The amount of vaginal discharge depends from person to person.

Functions of vaginal discharge

The vaginal discharge performs several functions in the woman’s body. It is a natural cleansing agent to keep the vagina clean. It provides lubrication during sexual intercourse. In short, it helps in preventing infection in the body of a woman.

Which is a normal vaginal discharge?

Vaginal discharge has its own form. It can be normal or abnormal. However, the abnormal vaginal discharge does not signify a serious problem all the time. It must be periodically checked for any abnormal signs.

A normal vaginal discharge is usually clear; consistency may be thick or thin.  Notable, it is always odorless. A smelly discharge is always a risk. The amount discharged and the consistency of the discharge depends on the time of the menstrual cycle of the woman.

Types of vaginal discharge

During a menstrual cycle,  a woman gets along with various types of vaginal discharge. During day 1-5, it is the beginning of the menstrual cycle.  This discharge is usually red and bloody. The red color is because of the shedding of the uterine lining.

On days 6-14, the vaginal discharge decreases. In this phase of the menstrual cycle, the egg starts to develop and grow. The cervical mucus is seen in white or yellow color. It is cloudy and sticky in nature. On days 14-25, the eggs are ready for ovulation. The mucus is thin and slippery in nature. That is, it is similar to the consistency of egg whites. After ovulation, mucus again goes back to its original cloudy and sticky form.

On day 25-28, the cervical mucus lightens its consistency. The amount of discharge also reduces as the next menstrual cycle is about to begin.

Colors of vaginal discharge

The different colors of vaginal discharge include white color or yellow-green or pink or grey, or the usual red. Sometimes the discharge is clear as a crystal.

White color

The white discharge is a healthy sign. There are various shades of white discharge, mostly during ovulation. If there are any signs of itching, burning, or bad smell, it is a sign of an issue.

In some cases, a white vaginal discharge is a sign of infection.  When the discharge is clumsy like a piece of cheese, it is due to the infection of yeast. It causes itching and burning sensation in the vagina. This is due to the overgrowth of the fungus, Candida.

In the case of a fishy odor, it is the indication of the presence of bacterial vaginosis ( BV ). It is the most common vaginal infection in the age group of 15-44. Its symptoms include a burning sensation while sensation and vaginal itching.

Red color

Red discharge usually happens during the periods. There are various shades of red in the discharge. The color varies from a bright red to dark rust color. In case of bloody discharge in between the menstrual cycle, it needs the consultation of a doctor. This may be a sign of intermenstrual bleeding.

If a woman is experiencing bleeding after a year of menopause, they should immediately consult a  doctor. It can be a sign of endometrial cancer.

Yellow color

A yellow colored discharge can or cannot be a sign of an infection. If the discharge is odorless and shows no symptoms, it is harmless. In some cases, it can be a symptom of a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or a bacterial infection.

Another cause for a yellowish discharge can be Trichomoniasis. Its symptoms may be itching, pain during urination, and an unpleasant odor.  Chlamydia can also cause a yellowish discharge.

Yellow-green color

A usual yellowish discharge is never a serious problem. But if the discharge intensifies into a darker shade of yellow or yellowish-green or green, it indicates an infection. This infection may be due to bacteria, or it is a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Pink color

This pink shade of discharge varies from a light to a deeper pink color. This usually has a small amount of blood in it. It usually occurs before spotting. But, it also can indicate the implantation bleeding in early pregnancy stages.

In other cases, a pink discharge is common after sexual intercourse. It is due to the irritation or the tears in the vagina or the cervix part.

Gray color

This shade of discharge is never healthy. It is usually due to an infection from bacteria. It is commonly known as bacterial vaginosis (BV). Its symptoms are itching and irritation in the vaginal parts. The discharge is mostly with a strong, smelly odor. There is redness in the vulva or the vaginal opening.

Clear discharge

The typically normal discharge is mostly clear. Its characteristic nature is being stretchy. Its consistency is similar to egg whites. It mostly occurs during the time of ovulation. It can also occur during sexual arousal or even during pregnancy.

When to visit a doctor?

If the discharge is different in color or smelly, it highly needs a consultation with a doctor. If vaginal symptoms like itching, pain, or various shades of discharge are seen, a doctor’s help is necessary. A strong odor is one of the times where we must rush to the hospital.

Other cases are regular spotting after sexual intercourse, bleeding after menopause. We must also not ignore any burning sensation during urination as a casual thing.