Vaginal discharge is most often a normal and regular occurrence. However, there are certain types of discharge that can indicate an infection. Abnormal discharge may be yellow or green, chunky in consistency, or have a foul odor. Abnormal discharge is usually caused by yeast or bacterial infection. Vaginal discharge refers to secretions from the vagina. The discharge may be:
• Thick, pasty, or thin
• Clear, cloudy, bloody, white, yellow, or green
• Odorless or have a bad odor
HOW IS WHITE DISCHARGE PROBLEM DIAGNOSED?
After reviewing the symptoms and medical history, the health-care professional will likely perform a pelvic examination, which includes examination of the external genital area and the insertion of a speculum to examine the vaginal walls and cervix. Depending upon the examination, the health-care professional may take swabs of the vaginal discharge for culture or for examination under a microscope to help define the cause of the vaginal discharge
HOW IS WHITE DISCHARGE PROBLEM TREATED?
Treatment for vaginal discharge is dependent upon the exact cause. Treatment goals include both symptom relief and eradication of the infection. Yeast infections may be treated using over-the-counter medications, but other causes of vaginal discharge require prescription medications.
DID YOU KNOW?
The human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which is spread by sexual contact, can lead to cervical cancer. While there may be no symptoms, this type of cancer can produce a bloody, brown, and/or watery discharge with a bad odor. Cervical cancer can easily be prevented or found with yearly Pap smears and HPV testing.