Female Discharge: What are They and What do They Mean?

woman-taking-photo-of-vaginaDischarge. It happens to every woman, but if you are anything like most women, some days you question whether or not your discharge is normal. We have got the scoop to give you an idea of what is normal and when it is time to call the gynecologist.

1. Clear Discharge

A clear discharge that is stringy, sort of like egg whites are completely normal. This often occurs at the beginning of the menstrual cycle and lasts for a week or two until you ovulate. This mucus-like discharge means it is your fertile time of the month. Nothing to worry about here!

2. White

A thicker, but not clumpy, milky white discharge is also standard. This occurs right before and after ovulation to help pull sperm into the uterus. It’s nothing to be concerned about, and every woman gets it. Even though most women clean their vaginas pretty thoroughly, it worries them that when their discharge is a little bit different and they tend to overdo the cleaning process that they usually do.

3. Clumpy and White

This type of discharge is often associated with yeast infections brought on by antibiotics or contact with warm and moist areas. These uncomfortable and itchy infections are easily treated over the counter, but if you have never had a yeast infection before you should probably call the gynecologist just to be sure.

colour wheel4. Streaked with blood

While this type of discharge may seem alarming, it is pretty standard. Discharge that is otherwise normal but streaked with blood is usually the result of spotting. This happens to a lot of women who are on the pill or other forms of hormonal birth control. If your discharge is not typical in different ways or this happens quite frequently, it might be a good idea to call the doctor and see what’s up.

5. Yellow

If your discharge is yellow and your vagina itches or hurts, it is probably time to ring the gynecologist and see what’s going on down under. It could be a pelvic infection or a sexually transmitted infection such as chlamydia or gonorrhea.

Now, if your discharge on your undergarments is yellow, but the discharge itself is standard then there is probably nothing to worry about so long as there is not any foul smell, itching or pain. When the air oxidizes regular discharge, it can often turn yellow on your underwear. That is nothing to be concerned about.

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6. Gray or Green

If your discharge is gray or green and has a foul odor – like fish- or it burns then, bacterial vaginosis is likely the culprit. This is easily treated with a round of antibiotics prescribed by your gynecologist.

7. Watery

girl laying on bedIf your discharge is watery, it’s probably due to herpes. This happens when the internal sores pop and mix with the regular discharge, essentially watering it down. Though, if you have herpes, you would likely know more than just your discharge. It can be pretty painful.

8. It is heavier than usual

Heavy discharge is often associated with birth control methods such as hormonal birth control pills or birth control pills. It’s usually nothing to worry about and quite reasonable. If it is excessive or is bothering you, it might be a good idea to consult with your doctor just to double check.