Vaginal Discharge │ What is Normal, What is Abnormal


Knowing the difference between normal discharge and infections

Healthy vagina
The inner reproductive organs are connected to the outside of the body with the so called passageway trough the vagina. The pH balance of the vagina is acidic, which discourages infections from occurring. This acidic environment is created by normally-occurring bacteria. A healthy vagina produces secretions to cleanse and regulate itself, similar to how saliva cleanses and regulates the environment of the mouth. These vaginal secretions are normal vaginal discharge. Any interference with the delicate balance of vaginal secretions sets up an environment conducive to infection.

Ordinary Vaginal Discharge
All ladies have some vaginal release. Typical release may seem clear, shady white, and/or yellowish when dry on garments. It might likewise contain white specks and now and again may be thin and stringy. Changes in ordinary release can happen for some reasons, including menstrual cycle, passionate stressors, nourishing status, pregnancy, use of meds – including conception prevention pills, and sexual excitement.

Impacts of the Menstrual Cycle
The menstrual cycle influences the vaginal environment. You may notice expanded wetness and clear release around mid-cycle. The pH equalization of the vagina changes amid the cycle and is the minimum acidic on the days only preceding and amid period. Diseases, subsequently, are most normal as of now.

Signs of Abnormal Discharge
Any changes in color or amount of discharge may be a sign of a vaginal infection. Vaginal infections are very common; most women will experience some form of a vaginal infection in their lifetime. If you experience any of the symptoms below, this may be a sign of vaginal infection:

Burning on skin during urination
White, clumpy discharge (somewhat like cottage cheese)
Grey/white or yellow/green discharge with a foul odor
Discharge accompanied by itching, rash or soreness
Persistent, increased discharge
Outlined below is basic information on three common vaginal infections
Bacterial Vaginosis
Signs and Symptoms
Increased amount of discharge
Grey/white, thin, watery discharge
Foul/fishy odor with discharge
Increased odor to discharge immediately after intercourse

Two treatment options with metronidazole (Flagyl) – an oral antibiotic or a topical antibiotic cream.
Yellow/green, frothy, discharge
Foul odor with discharge
Increased amount of discharge
Inflammation of vulva/vagina
Increased frequency of urination

The treatment used is the oral antibiotic, metronidazole. You should know that it is advisable no alcohol in the period of consuming the medication and in a time period of 48 hours both of the partners should be treated with the same treatment.
Monilia (Yeast) Infection
This is not usually sexually transmitted
Some factors that may increase susceptibility to yeast infections
Increased stress
Use of oral contraceptives
Use of antibiotics (protective bacteria are destroyed by antibiotics, allowing yeast overgrowth)
Signs and symptoms
Increased amount of discharge
White, clumpy (cottage cheese-like), discharge
Redness, itching, burning in vaginal/vulvar area

As we know the yeast is normally presented in the vagina so there is no need to be eliminated. Treatment consists of antifungal agents in the form of tablets, vaginal creams or suppositories. Over-the-counter treatments are available. However, if you are pregnant, always be sure to have any medications approved by a health care provider. Partners are not usually treated unless they are displaying symptoms such as itching or irritation in the genital area.
-During an infection, use pads rather than tampons if menstruation occurs.
-Avoid vulvo/vaginal irritants, including perfumed or deodorant soaps/body washes.
-If symptoms persist after completing the treatment, an exam is indicated. Call for an appointment, and please use nothing in the vagina for 48 hours prior to your exam.
Prevention and treatment guidelines for vaginal infections
– Have new partners wear condoms during sexual intercourse.
-Stay healthy; eat well, get enough sleep, drink enough fluids.
-Keep vaginal area clean and dry.
-Wear cotton underwear.
-Wipe from front to back after urination or bowel movement.
-Avoid using deodorant pads or tampons.
-Don’t use petroleum jelly or other oils for lubricants.
-Don’t douche.
-Use medication as long as directed.
-Avoid sexual intercourse until treatment is completed and you are symptom free.
– Don’t scratch infected or inflamed areas; it can cause further irritation.

This video explains vaginal discharge, when it is normal and when it is abnormal. Learn about the causes, the treatment options and tips for preventing abnormal vaginal discharge