Vaginal discharge, at most time, is perfectly normal. This fluid plays an important role in keeping your reproductive system in its top form. Vaginal discharge keeps in check the balance of useful bacteria as well as washing away harmful bacteria and dead cells. As a result, your reproductive system is able to stay free of infection as it’s always clean.
Vaginal discharge can vary in terms of the amount, color, and even odor depending on the different stages of your menstrual cycle. You would expect your normal vaginal discharge to have a clear to milky coloration. At the same time, you are likely to have more vaginal discharge when you are breastfeeding or during ovulation. The odor may also vary especially during the different stages of your pregnancy or when you drop guard in regards to personal hygiene.
But when does a discharge become a point of concern? Well, as much as a discharge could be an indication of an underlying medical issue, often than not, it has a simpler and not life-threatening inclination.
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In its simplest form, vaginal discharge can be described as any substance coming out from your vagina. Under normal condition, it plays a fundamental role of housekeeping in your reproductive system. But there are situations that a discharge becomes a tell-tale sign of brewing trouble especially if it is accompanied by a burning or itching sensation. As a result, you should train your eye to catch any abnormal discharge in order to stay ahead of impending trouble.
A normal vaginal discharge arises from the mucus that is secreted from the cervix. Since the cervix is at the lower part of the womb directly above the vaginal canal, the fluid slowly travels down your birth canal. The fluid plays an important role in protecting the reproductive system from infection as well as keeping your vagina moist. Normal vaginal discharge on your underwear should be white or clear, have no odor, sticky and thick.
At times you may experience unusual vaginal discharge that may be an indication of an infection. Some of the most common signs that would tell you that there could be some problem in your reproductive system include a change of color, smell, amounts of discharge, and odor.
There are many type of vaginal discharge.
When you see a bloody or brown vaginal discharge, it is a sure sign of irregular menstrual cycle or at worst endometrial or cervical cancer, though not very common. Other associated symptoms that are commonly linked to a bloody or vaginal discharge include pelvic pain or abnormal vaginal bleeding.
A cloudy or yellowish vaginal discharge could be a possible sign of an infection. The most common type of infection that leads to the production of either a yellowish or a cloudy discharge is gonorrhea infection. When you have gonorrhea, you are likely to experience bleeding that comes in between your periods, inconsistent or frequent release of urine and severe pelvic pain.
A greenish or yellow to a frothy watery vaginal discharge is also an indication of trouble within your reproductive system. More than often, when you have such a discharge it is a sign of trichomoniasis infection. Other than the greenish or yellow discoloration, you are likely to see that there is some swelling around your vagina, experience excessive pain during intercourse, and you tend to scratch a lot due to an itching feeling. There is also a strong accompanying odor.
If you notice a gray, white, or yellow vaginal discharge that has a fishy odor you could be suffering from bacterial vaginosis. Besides, you are likely to experience a burning or itching sensation as well as a swelling around the vulva.
You can also have a herpes vaginal discharge that comes as a result of having genital herpes. This condition is caused by a herpes simplex virus that causes really painful blisters around your genitalia. Most often the condition is passed through sexual intercourse.
Excessive vaginal discharge is regarded as normal and often than not harmless. You may find that you are experiencing excessive vaginal secretion under different circumstances. Some of the circumstances that can make you experience excessive vaginal ovulation include during ovulation, when you are sexually excited, pregnant, or when you are stressed.
When you are experiencing one or more of these situations, your body tends to undergo physiological changes that affect the hormones balance. As a result, the cervix can get signals that would make it release excessive vaginal discharge. For instance, during ovulation, you are likely to see increased discharge as a result of progesterone hormone triggering the release of a thick vaginal discharge. Equally the vaginal discharge before periods tends to be excessive.
On the other hand, during pregnancy, you are likely to see increased vaginal discharge as a result of changes in the hormonal level that are preparing for the arrival of the baby to be. Equally Stress and sexual excitement can trigger excessive release of vaginal discharge. In a nutshell, excessive vaginal discharge is perfectly normal as long as it has the characteristics of a normal vaginal discharge.
Vaginal discharge occurs throughout your entire menstrual cycle since it keeps the vagina moist, clean, and holds infection at bay. Besides, it keeps a healthy balance of useful bacteria within your vagina so as to stay free from infections. Whenever there is a need to get rid of dirt, vaginal fluid will get rid of dead cells as well as facilitate the growth of new and healthy vaginal cells. It, therefore, means that there should always be a continuous healthy vaginal discharge to keep your reproductive system in top shape.
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Every woman gets a vaginal discharge. As a result, it would be prudent to be able to tell what is normal and what isn’t regarding the vaginal discharge. Healthy vaginal discharge should be clear or milky white vaginal discharge or yellowish vaginal discharge no odor.