Is vaginal discharge normal? What are the signs of abnormal vaginal discharge? Many women wonder about the colour or consistency or odour of the liquid staining their underpants at some point in their lives.
More often than not, the changes are nothing to worry about. But here, we will be focussing on what unusual signs you need to watch out for and when you should consult a doctor for the same.
What is vaginal discharge?
Vaginal discharge contains vaginal skin cells, mucus and fluids secreted by the vagina due to hormonal changes. Vaginal discharge is common and normal. It is normal to have around 2 – 5 ml (about a teaspoonful) of vaginal discharge every day. The discharge is usually thick, clear, mucus-like and odourless in nature.
What are the causes of abnormal vaginal discharge?
Any change in the color, smell or consistency of vaginal discharge indicates abnormal vaginal discharge. The common causes of abnormal vaginal discharge are:
Bacterial or yeast infections
Reaction to a tampon, condom or soap
Hormonal changes post menopause
Signs of abnormal vaginal discharge
You may have abnormal vaginal discharge if you have:
-A vaginal itch
-Redness or burning sensation in the vagina
-Green or yellow colored discharge
-Blood in the discharge
-Pain during urination
When to consult a doctor?
If you experience any signs and symptoms of abnormal vaginal discharge, then do consult a doctor without fail. It is usually not possible to diagnose the condition without a physical examination. Your doctor will examine the outer genitalia and perform an internal examination.
Depending upon the diagnosis, the treatment is initiated. Avoid self-treatment as it can make the condition difficult to diagnose and can worsen it. In some cases, it is advised that you avoid having intercourse until the treatment is completed.
Tips to keep the vagina healthy
Certain habits can increase the risk of abnormal vaginal discharge. Ditch these habits and follow these healthy tips on how to keep the vagina healthy.
Do not douche.
Do not use scented feminine hygiene products such as sprays and powders.
Avoid hot baths and bubble baths.
Avoid using panty liners every day.
Use warm water and unscented soap to wash the genitalia
Wear cotton underwear and not synthetic ones.