Vaginal Discharge: When to see a Doctor
Vaginal Discharge: When to see a Doctor.
Did you know that there are different types of vaginal discharge. Vaginal discharge is completely normal, and is a natural way of the vagina cleaning itself, and it differs from person to person. While most types of discharge are normal, some may indicate an underlying condition that requires treatment. Vaginal discharge comes in different colours and consistencies. Here’s more.
The different types of discharge
This type of discharge is normal, it usually happens at the beginning or end of your menstrual cycle. However, if the discharge is accompanied by itching and has a thick, cottage cheese-like consistency or appearance, you may need to see a healthcare provider, as this type of discharge may be a sign of a yeast infection.
Clear and watery
A clear and watery discharge is normal. It can occur at any time of the month. It’s usually common after heavy exercise or physical activity.
Clear and stretchy
Clear and stretchy like consistency discharge is also normal. The discharge is clear or off white in colour, but rather than a watery consistency, it is stretchy and mucous-like. This is usually a sign of ovulation.
Reddish brown discharge usually occurs before and after your period. This is a natural way of your vagina cleaning itself, after menstruation. The brown discharge before your upcoming period is normally blood from your last period. Blood that remains in your uterus after your period can turn a brownish colour and can appear at the end of your period.
Sometimes early in pregnancy, you may have brownish discharge at the time your period would normally come. If you’ve had unprotected sex and notice this sudden change you should consider taking a pregnancy test or visiting a healthcare provider.
Yellow or green
This type of discharge is not normal and it’s usually a sign of an infection that is commonly spread through sexual intercourse. The yellow-green discharge is thick, chunky, or accompanied by an unpleasant smell.
Yellow green vaginal discharge may also indicate other conditions, such as a Yeast Infection or Bacterial Vaginosis, which is an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina. Poor vaginal hygiene habits, can also be a cause.
When to see a doctor
If your discharge is accompanied by any of these symptoms, you should consider seeing a healthcare provider.
Thick, cottage cheese texture
A strong, fishy-like smell/odour
Burning sensation while peeing
In most cases, vaginal discharge is a completely normal way of our bodies “cleaning itself”. However, it’s important to be aware of discharge that’s accompanied by any of the symptoms I mentioned above, which can be a sign of infection or poor hygiene habits. If your discharge changes significantly in colour, consistency, amount, or smell, it may be a good idea to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider.
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