A woman's vaginal discharge can be in different colors and is normal. This varies during the menstrual cycle. It keeps the reproductive tract healthy and clean.
Different types of vaginal discharge:
- White — Thick, white color of your discharge is common at the beginning and end of your menstrual cycle. However, white discharge accompanied by any pain means something is wrong.
- Clear and stretchy — This is the vaginal discharge before ovulation, during sexual arousal and during pregnancy.
- Yellow or green — This may be a sign of an infection.
- Brown — This is old blood after your period. As a result of cleaning the uterus, there will be old brown blood.
- Gray — This vaginal discharge is a sign of bacterial vaginosis. However, you shoudl check with your doctor first to know what exactly is the problem.
Vaginal discharge is not normal?
Seek medical help if you experience fever, abdominal pain, fatigue, sudden weight loss and increased urination along with your discharge.
Types of vaginal infections:
Vaginitis - an inflammation of the vagina. This a result of an imbalance yeast and bacteria that lives in the vagina. Always make sure to changeunderwear if you feel that you had a lot of vaginal discharge. Stay dry and fresh.
Candida - Also called yeast infection. This is a result of the candida fungus overgrowing. Checkthe color of your vaginal discharge.
Chlamydia - This is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in women caused by multiple and unsafe sex partners.
Trichomoniasis - the main cause is a tiny one-celled parasite named Trichomonas vaginalis. You get this infection by having intercourse with someone who has it.
Tips to avoid vaginal infection
- Always keep the vagina clean and dry. Wash the outside with mild and gentle soap to avoid vaginal infection.
- Do not use feminine wash and never douche. Feminine sprays are a no-no.
- Use period breathable products such as cotton/cloth period pads and don’t wear tight clothes.
- Wipe from front to back.
- Check the color of your vaginal discharge to make sure its healthy.