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What is the color of discharge: red, white, Yellow-green, or clear

what is the color of discharge? Vaginal discharge is really common and can occur at any age but it is more common after puberty and will vary in the amount of consistency to the smell of color depending on where you are in your period and also depending on whether you are pregnant.

but what happens when the color is completely different from what the usual vagina comes out with or is just something you do not expect.

in this article, we will talk about the different colors of vaginal secretions, what does it mean that it is normal and you can really just treat yourself at home and focus on self-care or it’s time To give up and go see your doctor.

WHAT IS THE COLOR OF DISCHARGE ?

what is the color of discharge

1. YELLOW GREEN DISCHARGE

This is not normal,  green-yellow vaginal discharge say hello to Trichomonas vaginal This is a microorganism or parasite that causes sexually transmitted infections.

This is called trichomoniasis, and it is usually detected by having sex without a condom with someone who has Trichomonas vaginalis, and comment below if you’ve never heard of vaginal trichomoniasis because when I mention it to my patients, most of them haven’t heard of it before.

They have heard about other types of stis, so chlamydia gonorrhea genital herpes, but they’ve never heard of TV, which is really interesting because it is the most common non-viral sdi in the world, with more than 270 million cases of vaginal trichomonas occurring In 2008 this was more than the total combined numbers of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases.

 And the thing that’s a little worrisome is that some women don’t even know they have Vaginal Trichomoniasis, so 50 of the affected women are not showing any symptoms.

Of course if you don’t have any symptoms and you have unprotected sex, you realize that you are spreading the infection to other people when symptoms occur even though they are real characteristics, so as I mentioned that you get frothy yellow and green vaginal secretions, it can smell very unpleasant as well and it can be.

There are other symptoms for example a burning sensation and stinging when urinating, soreness in the vagina and itching around the vagina as well. If you have these symptoms, you will need to go to a sexual health clinic.

 the good news is that Trichomonas vaginalis is a treatable treatment because this is actually antibiotics that you and your current sexual partner will need to take.

you will need to avoid having sex for at least one week while you are taking  medications.

other sti that can give a yellow discharge is gonorrhea so again gonorrhea.

2. RED OR PINK  DISCHARGE

A red or pink discharge, this could be normal or abnormal depending on the circumstances, for example if you are experiencing a red or pink discharge at the time you expect your period, then this may be completely normal then this means that there is blood and this What causes the red and pink color of the secretions.

 although many women find that the secretions become somewhat like a dark brown color and this is because the blood flow is very slow and the blood hangs for a longer time in the vagina is oxidized and this gives a brown or dark red color to the vaginal secretions, You don’t need to worry about not needing any treatment and it usually goes away when your period ends.

This may be due to having sex, there is friction, there can be small cuts and scratches in the vagina that bleed and then cause the vaginal secretions to be pink or tinged in color at times,

Some women suffer from pink or red secretions or just clear blood between periods, from a medical point of view we call it intermenstrual bleeding, sometimes bleeding between menstruation is a sign of this.

You need to go to see your doctor, so there are some circumstances in which the presence of Pink or red vaginal discharge at the ringing of my alarm belts, the first example is if you are expecting your period and have also had unprotected sex recently, I am talking about sex without a condom and then you get that pink or red vaginal discharge by the time it comes Your period naturally occurs, and this raises alarm bells because you may be pregnant.

so this pink or red color that you see that you think might be the start of your period could actually be something called implantation bleeding, what happens with that is that your uterus He was preparing for a menstrual period, so the lining is nice and thick and has a lot of blood vessels and it is nice and full, then the fertilized egg comes and attaches to itself this nice full lining as it penetrates itself and this causes small amounts of tasteful bleeding You may see it afterward as a pink vaginal discharge.

if you are in a situation where you see pink vaginal secretions, this is not your regular period, you are a little behind your period and you know that you had unprotected sex, the best thing to do is to take a pregnancy test So that you know whether you are pregnant or not, the second test that rings the alarm bells is if you are already pregnant or at the start of pregnancy and you start to notice blood.

The presence of vaginal secretions that are stained or pink in color may be a sign of an early miscarriage,

so in this case you are  to seek medical advice urgently,

 if you have entered menopause, so if you are a woman who has not had a period for a period such as a year or closed in a year, then suddenly you start to have vaginal secretions that are pink or mixed in red until If it is not outright bleeding, this is a worrisome sign as it could be a sign of endometrial cancer, so please visit your doctor so that you can get the appropriate tests, make a diagnosis and get early treatment if needed.

3. WHITE DISCHARGE

If you have a thick, lumpy vaginal discharge, this is most likely a yeast, as the fungi live in the vagina naturally anyway. Growth is somewhat controlled due to the presence of other bacteria that compete with the good bacteria that also live in the vagina if there is any situation in which those competing bacteria that live in the vagina are eliminated.

but thrush can appear as if not all women are aware when they are ill Thrush, so some women can get thrush and have no symptoms and this is very common, and the common symptoms are itching, burning or stinging, and sometimes the lips of the vagina can look really red and swollen, and it may be uncomfortable to sit.

 Being uncomfortable with sex is another cause of sometimes painful sexual dyspareunia.

If there are small amounts of thrush and it does not cause you any symptoms, there is no need for treatment because it can clear up on its own but there are some situations that even if you do not. If you develop symptoms of thrush, we recommend that you treat it.

 White vaginal discharge can also be normal, especially if it is not associated with itching, burning, or stinging, and if your regular vaginal discharge is creamy or white, does not have an unpleasant odor and is only in small quantities, so this does not always mean that you have thrush.

4. GREY DISCHARGE

this is a common type of discharge that you get if you’ve got bacterial vaginosis so bacterial vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted infection it’s classed as a sexually associated infection.

 the main thing that contributes to having bv is a change in the ph of the vagina so the ph rises it becomes more alkaline maybe due to for example washing inside the vagina with certain soaps douching using perfume products.

all of these change the ph of the vagina and cause an overgrowth of a certain type of bacteria which then gives this gray discharge it’s usually not associated with itching or irritation although.

some women can experience that as well the other characteristic thing about this discharge is that it has a fishy smell, some women also notice that the smell is stronger after they’ve just had a shower and washed down below with soap or after sex.

 if you have this kind of discharge please see your doctor because it can be treated the way that we treat it is with antibiotics either as tablets gel or as a cream.

5. CLEAR DISCHARGE

is clear so this is your normal vaginal discharge and it can have no smell or odor or it can have a this is your normal vaginal discharge and it can have no smell or odor or it can have a slightly acidic smell and it varies in amount and inconsistency depending on where you are in your period cycle.

 if you are ovulating sexually aroused or breastfeeding you can have more of this kind of discharge the discharge changes in consistency.

 so at times it’s more kind of stringy and stretchy and watery and other times it thickens up and it can be a little bit kind of snotty or it can be more runny and stringy and a bit more like egg white this doesn’t need any treatment especially if it’s not associated with any itching or burning or irritation of the vulva.

now that we’ve gone through all the different types of colors that you can get a vaginal discharge i want to talk to you about what you can do at home to help yourself to reduce your risk of having abnormal vaginal discharge or when to just go and see a doctor.

TOP TIPS FOR SELFCARE

HYGIENE

 practice good personal hygiene so what i mean by that is make sure that you are washing the vulva daily, so wash the outside of the vagina avoid douches where you’re washing inside the vagina because this changes the ph and can cause you to have bv and the discharge that’s associated with bv.

 avoid kind of perfumed soaps bubble baths vaginal deodorants femme fresh or feminine white.

 all of these can increase your chance of having that great discharge that’s associated with having bacterial vaginosis, some of these can also predispose you to having flush i know for some of you you’re going to be like i don’t need to be told this, but not everybody knows but when you’ve gone to the toilet and you’ve done your pee wipe from front to back because what you don’t want to be doing is transferring all of the bacteria from the anus towards or into the vagina because that can give you an abnormal vaginal discharge.

USE CONDOMS

The next tip is practice safe sex,  i’m practicing safe sex i’ve got my contraception i’ve got my pill.

 No, that’s not safe sex that will protect you from pregnancy, i’m talking about protecting yourself from getting an sti and the only thing that’s going to do that is a condom so as well as your usual pill or implant or whatever contraceptive method you’ve chosen you also need to use a condom to prevent stis such as trichomonas vaginalis.

COTTON UNDERWEAR

wear cotton underwear, so sometimes this one seems like a fluffy one you know like oh wear cotton underwear, everything is going to be nice and fresh and down.

because synthetic underwear is more associated with a kind of sweating and moisture down there and that can encourage the growth of certain bacteria or yeast to give you thrush, so this is why we recommend wearing cotton underwear.

SEE A DOCTOR IF…

There are some instances when you just need to ditch the self-care and go and see your doctor, so those instances are if you are having bleeding in between your periods regularly if you’re having a blood stain discharged after menopause or if you’ve got unusual vaginal discharge such as that green yellow discharge that i’ve mentioned other instances.

 If you have a discharge that’s associated with a fever or feeling unwell crampy lower abdominal pain.

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