Vaginal discharge is generally a normal and regular occurrence. Vaginal discharge does an important housekeeping function in the female reproductive system. The liquid made by glands inside the vagina and cervix takes away dead cells and bacteria and keeps the vagina clean and thus, prevents infection. But, there are some types of discharge that may occur due to an infection. , if the color, smell, or consistency seems fairly different than normal, especially if you also get symptoms like vaginal itching or burning, it indicates an infection or other condition.
Types of vaginal discharge
A female should identify different types of vaginal discharges and know which discharge is harmful and indicates an underlying health condition. There are several different types of vaginal discharge based on their color and consistency:
Clear, white vaginal discharge
Clear, transparent vaginal discharge is usually normal and not worrying and gives no pain or uncomfortable sensation to the female. No need to worry if you see a little clear white discharge on your underwear. This discharge can occur normally between the period cycle of a female and a small amount of white discharge is normal. But, if the discharge is associated with itching and has a thick, cottage cheese-like consistency, it may be a sign of yeast infection.
Clear vaginal discharge
Clear and watery discharge is absolutely normal. It may occur at any time of the month. If the discharge is clear but stretchy, it’s normal and indicates that you are likely ovulating.
Milky white vaginal discharge
Thick, milky white vaginal discharge is known as leukorrhea and is normal to have at the beginning or end of the menstrual cycle. At the time of ovulation, this milky white vaginal discharge may have a very thick and thick, milky white appearance. Unless there is no pain, itching, burning while peeing, pain during sex, or rashes because of this discharge, it is considered normal. But if it is accompanied by abnormal symptoms, you need to make an appointment with your gynecologist.
Brown or Bloody Vaginal Discharge
Brown or bloody vaginal discharge usually comes right after the periods. When the periods’ end, the female may have light red to brown colored vaginal discharge. In between periods, a female may experience bloody discharge, which is often referred to as spotting.
If you are experiencing red or brown vaginal discharge after having unprotected sex, it can be a sign of pregnancy, known as implantation bleeding. Brown or pink bleeding or discharge just before the expected period date can also be implantation bleeding, one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. In rare cases, brown or bloody discharge can be related to cervical cancer or other problems like fibroids or other abnormal growths.
Green Vaginal Discharge
The most common cause for green vaginal discharge is sexually transmitted infections such as trichomoniasis. A green vaginal odor with a foul smell should always be reported to a gynecologist. Some of the symptoms of STI with green vaginal discharge include- pain while urinating, itchiness in and around the vagina, pain while having sex and foul-smelling vagina.
Make sure to report to your gynecologist if you have abnormal vaginal discharge along with other symptoms like pain, itching or burning sensation. Changes in vaginal discharge during pregnancy should be closely monitored and discussed with a gynecologist in case you have other symptoms along with it.