HOW DOES NORMAL VAGINAL DISCHARGE LOOK LIKE?
A vaginal discharge plays a vital role in the body of a woman though it is something that most women rarely discuss about because of the embarrassment that may come along with it. It helps to keep the vagina moist, clean, remove dead cells, get rid of bacteria and prevention of infections. A normal vaginal discharge is clear and/or white, doesn't have pungent smell and may thickens during ovulation.
HOW DO I KNOW VAGINAL DISCHARGE IS UNHEALTHY?
Usually women are aware of how their vaginal discharge varies at different periods of their menstrual cycle and most of them are able to identify signs of abnormal vaginal discharge. They include:-
- Changes in color of discharge- greenish, yellow, grey or white curd-like may be a sign of infection.
- Changes in amount of the discharge- frothy or profuse discharge.
- Changes in smell of the discharge- foul smelling.
- Associated symptoms like itching, lower abdominal pain, pain when passing urine and frequent urination.
WHAT CAUSES ABNORMAL VAGINAL DISCHARGE?
It is healthy for a woman to produce clear or white discharge but the amount and color changes depending on the time of menstrual cycle. Abnormal vaginal discharge is a sign that a disease causing micro-organism has gained entry and multiplied in the reproductive system. Poor hygiene status, malnutrition, stress, sexual contact are some ways in which the micro-organisms gain entry into the reproductive system. Common vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis, trichomonomiasis, candidiasis and gonorrhea are common vaginal infections in women.