Vaginal discharge which is normal among women of child bearing age, typically reflects the different stages of the menstrual cycle. However, some vaginal discharge can be indicative of a deep seated infection, arising from an STD or sexually transmitted disease condition.
Tips To Diagnose Vaginal Discharge
An Insight Into Vaginal Discharge
Normal vaginal discharge is a clear or almost whitish colored fluid that is released from the vagina. The primary function of this discharge is to cleanse the vagina and to keep it lubricated.
While vaginal discharge is normally associated with the monthly menstrual cycle, some women may notice a thick almost brownish colored vaginal discharge during their pregnancy. Vaginal discharge during pregnancy is referred to as pregnancy discharge.
Vaginal discharge, or vaginal fluid, can be produced by the vagina, the cervix or even the uterus. Glands which are located in the cervix produce a translucent colored mucous, which changes in color when it comes in contact with air. The amount of vaginal discharge depends on the amount of estrogen circulating inside the body.
Different Ways To Diagnose Vaginal Discharge
Vaginal secretions have slightly acidic pH. The pH levels of vaginal secretions vary between 3.8 and 4.5. However, vaginal discharge becomes extremely acidic when a woman suffers from a sexually transmitted disease condition.
Change in color or the odor of vaginal discharge can be indicative of deep seated infection. It is extremely important to diagnose or identify the different kinds of vaginal discharge to differentiate normal discharge from vaginal discharge produced by deep seated infection. Through this article we will diagnose the different kinds of vaginal discharge.
Sometimes a woman may notice a sudden increase in vaginal discharge. This thick vaginal discharge has a foul smell akin to dried fish. Thick, malodorous vaginal discharge is indicative of a deep seated infection like bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis which is a bacterial infection of the vagina occurs due to douching or engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse with multiple partners.
Yellow- Green Or Grey Colored Vaginal Discharge
Yellow – green or grayish foul smelling vaginal discharge occurs when a woman suffers from any one of numerous sexually transmitted disease conditions like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea or Trichomoniasis. The vaginal discharge may start out as yellowish discharge with a frothy consistency.
Later on the discharge will take on a yellowish-green and finally grayish color. This kind of vaginal discharge is often accompanied by a fishy odor, itchiness, pain and inflammation of the vagina. Some women may come down with high fever as well.
Cottage Cheese Like Vaginal Discharge
Clumpy vaginal discharge which has a cottage cheese like consistency is symptomatic of yeast infection. Some of the symptoms which may be present with this kind of vaginal discharge include irritation of the vagina along with a burning or an intense itching sensation.
This type of vaginal discharge will not have any odor or unpleasant smell. The best way to avoid this kind of vaginal discharge is to engage in safe sexual practices and to reduce the consumption of sugar.
Watery Vaginal Discharge
Genital Herpes, a sexually transmitted disease condition can cause watery vaginal discharge. In fact, the watery vaginal discharge may be the only indication that a woman is suffering from genital herpes.
The watery vaginal discharge may be accompanied by vaginal itching or a burning sensation. Unlike other kinds of vaginal discharge, the watery vaginal discharge will have no particular smell.
Cloudy Vaginal Discharge
The sexually transmitted disease condition gonorrhea can lead to painful urination and a thick cloudy discharge from the vagina. The cloudy vaginal discharge may be accompanied by pain and a burning or itching sensation in the vagina.
Pus Filled Vaginal Discharge
Any infection or inflammation of the uterus, fallopian tubes or the ovaries can lead to a painful condition known as pelvic inflammatory disease. This disease condition occurs when bacteria moves from the vagina or the cervix into the fallopian tube, uterine lining or ovaries.
The bacterium which causes PID or pelvic inflammatory disease condition occurs due to sexually transmitted diseases like Chlamydia or Gonorrhea.
Women who suffer from PID may notice pus filled vaginal discharge. The vaginal discharge may be accompanied by cramping pain in the lower abdominal region and high fever.
Blood Tinged Vaginal Discharge
Atrophic vaginitis can cause blood tinged vaginal discharge. Atrophic vaginitis refers to the thinning of the tissues which line the vagina. Sometimes an inflammation of the vagina can also lead to atrophic vaginitis. Blood tinged vaginal discharge may be indicative of a more serious health condition like uterine or ovarian cancer.