7 VAGINAL DISCHARGE COLOURS and their meanings
The vagina produces fluids that helps to keep it clean. That is why you do not wash the vagina. These fluids can be sources of information about disease conditions through their colour changes and consistency. In this article I will show you the 7 vaginal discharge colours and their meanings
The vagina produce fluids, Called vaginal discharge. The normal healthy female adult produces about half a spoon of vaginal discharge per day. It is a way the body is made to bathe the vagina. So the vagina bathes itself and you do not bathe the vagina.
By the way, for the sake of clarity the vagina is a muscular tubing measuring about 10cm. It is different from the vulva. While the vulva is the area you see, the vagina is the passage way for the baby as well as for coitus.
First of all, w have to know what is normal before we find out what is abnormal.
Normal vaginal Discharge:
- Clear or white, and slimy
Water is clear! The white of an egg is also clear.
They should give you a guide to what is normal colour for the vaginal Discharge.
Abnormal Vaginal Discharge colours
- White Cordy appearance. Often called cottage cheese appearance.
This depicts a fungal infection. Most likely yeast infection. Fungal infections are common in women and are treatable with antifungals. They are often accompanied by itching and hotness of the vagina.
Yellow, Yellowish Green, Green
Yellowish to green appearance of the vaginal discharge is a symptom of sexually transmitted infection. There are so many sexually transmitted infections. You will get to know about them in the next video. Check the link in this description section.
There will be separate videos explaining each of these STIs, For now let’s focus on the meanings of the colours of your vagainal discharge you see.
Gray vaginal Discharge: A gray appearance of the vaginal discharge may be a sign of Bacterial vaginosis. It is an infection caused by Gadnerella vaginalis. It is not a sexually transmitted infection in its strict sense. It usually comes with a characteristic fishy odor. It is a treatable infection.
Red/Bloody vaginal Discharge
This could be normal if you are Menstruating. A normal menstruation should last 3-5days, maximum of 7days. Any period exceeding 7days is pathological (abnormal).
When not menstruating, bloody vaginal discharge could also mean cervical infection, cervical polyp, cervical cancer , endometrial cancer .
Postmenopausal women, example up women up to 60 years and above with a bloody vaginal discharge, is an ominous sign. It must be investigated to the letter, to make sure cancer is ruled out.
Pink Vaginal Discharge: These could mean
- Implantation bleed
- Vaginal irritation
- Cervical bleeding
- Any cause of red discharge, but in small quantity thus acted upon by the acidic vaginal fluid.
Clear Vaginal Discharge
-Normal Vaginal Discharge can be clear. But there other conditions that can produce clear discharge
Note: These are guides. The human body is not mathematics. It is possible to have an abnormal colour and still no infection. So this is meant to guide you to know tour body.
When to see a doctor: if you notice any of the following vaginal Discharge colours:
- Cordy white Vaginal Discharge
- Yellow or green
If your Discharges are accompanied by any of these, you should be more worried
- Abnormal odor
- Burning sesensation
What to do at home:
- Don’t wash your vagina, it washes itsself
- Have protected intercourse with condom
- Wash your vulva with warm water- avoid strong soaps, spray, disinfectants
- Change your under wears as often times as possible
- Wear under wears made of cotton.
- Wipe from front to back