What does normal vaginal discharge look like?
Most of the times in a month, vagina discharge is clear or white and watery or slightly sticky. The vaginal discharge will be thicker and more like mucous when a woman ovulates. All these are normal conditions. Many women undergo bloody brown or brown vaginal discharge at the end of their periods or right after their menstrual cycle ends, which is considered as a health condition.
What causes abnormal vaginal discharge?
Here is the list of common causes of abnormal vaginal discharge are as follows:
- Bacterial Vaginosis
- Pelvic Floor Disorder
- Yeast Infection
- Human Papillomavirus
- Cervical Cancer
- A forgotten tampon
Some of these are uncomfortable but relatively harmless. Others such as STDs can spread to reproductive organs or even to the sexual partners.
What does abnormal vaginal discharge look like?
At some time, the vaginal discharge looks or smell different than normal. Even if it becomes heavier than usual for no apparent reason, this may be the indication for an infection or other problem. Also, there is pain, itching or inflammation accompanies a change in vaginal discharge characteristics. The vaginal discharge will become thick and white, chunky, yellow, green or have a foul or fishy odour. These symptoms may be the sign for the problem and must consult your private gynaecologist.
What actually causes normal vaginal discharge?
Vaginal discharge is normal for most women. In some woman, they have discharge every day while some may have at the time under certain circumstances. For many women, there will be increased discharge after exercise, even when they use birth contra pills, and also when they are sexually aroused or when under stress. A normal discharge consists of cells and fluids from the uterus and vagina. This keeps tissues in the vagina healthy and lubricated, protected from irritation and infections. The amount of vaginal discharge usually varies throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle.
When to see consultant gynaecologist about abnormal vaginal discharge?
When you feel there is a change in your vaginal discharge, you can visit your consultant gynaecologist. If you have symptoms such as experiencing yellow, green, thick or cottage cheese-like vaginal discharge, you may consult your private gynaecologist. Even if you smell different odours like fishy or foul smell which indicates the infection in vaginal, then you need to visit the doctor. There is a need to talk to your gynaecologist if you have pain during sexual intercourse, bleeding, spotting, pain in your lower abdomen. Even there are some other symptoms such as fever, fatigue, increased urination or unexplained weight loss accompany changes in your vaginal discharge, then see your consultant gynaecologist immediately.
What are the treatments for abnormal discharge?
For the woman who has abnormal discharge will undergo for the pelvic examination that includes testing the vaginal discharge, which is used to determine the cause of symptoms. The doctor will ask many questions about your symptoms, your sexual activities. If required, you may require your partner get tested for any infection which may be caused because of your partner and also about your menstrual cycles. If need your gynaecologist may send the samples of your discharge to the lab for testing. The doctor may do Pap smear tests to know HPV check-up or cervical cancer if they have concerns about those issues.
Once all these were done, the gynaecologist will come to know the problems, and they wl work with you for determining the treatment. They may suggest you the antibiotics or a yeast infection treatment. If the problems are because of STD, the female gynaecologist will provide treatment for your sexual problems too. The gynaecologist may provide therapy for menopause by giving your vaginal cream that has estrogen.
If you have any concerns or questions about your vaginal health, please consult our private gynaecologist Mrs Sarah Hussain. We will schedule an appointment and answer any questions, treatment for nay problems that you are facing.