woman looking confused with her mouth sideways

Is my vaginal discharge normal?

By Love Matters March 28, 10:39 pm
What’s normal when it comes to vaginal discharge? What’s not?

Vaginal discharge is a fluid from the vagina. It is healthy and completely normal. It is important to note that discharge keeps the vagina and cervix clean by removing old cells and dirt.

Normal discharge may vary from whitish and sticky to clear and watery. In many cases it has an odour.

It can be in many colors and consistency. While some are totally normal and healthy, others are an indication of a problem that needs the attention of a doctor. Abnormal discharge could be a sign that something isn’t quite right down there.

What each color means:

Clear, cream or white

This is the color of normal discharge. Healthy discharge can be thick and sticky or wet and stretchy. This may look and feel different depending on the person, time of the month, and situations such as arousal, birth control, breastfeeding, menopause, and pregnancy. For example, it gets clearer and stretches more during ovulation.  

If the discharge is white, thick and lumpy, and doesn’t have a smell, it could be a sign of an infection. You may also notice that your genital area is itchy or sore.

White, thick, strong-smelling discharge is usually associated with a yeast infection, which can also cause itching or irritation.

Gray or grayish

If the discharge has a fishy smell but you do not feel itchy or sore, it may be a sign of bacterial infection. Often, it is a sign of bacterial vaginosis. This can also be a sign that you are using too much vaginal hygiene products.

Yellow-green

If your discharge has a fishy-smell and has yellow green frothy discharge, it could be a sign of an STI. You may also feel itchy, sore and in pain when you urinate. You may produce more vaginal discharge than usual, and you may be swollen around your vagina. Your inner thighs can also be itchy.

Brown

This is totally normal as it often occurs at the beginning or end of your period. You may also get brown discharge if you just started taking contraceptive that affects your hormones such as the pill.

Red

Red discharge is often as a result of bleeding during periods. The color may range from cherry red to rusty brown. In case you bleed between periods or bleed throughout the month, you should see a doctor since this could be a sign of a serious condition such as cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease or a serious STI.

Pink

This may be light or deeper pink. It usually contains small amounts of blood. It may occur before period but it can also indicate implantation bleeding in early pregnancy. You may also notice pink discharge after ovulation or after sex if you’ve gotten small tears or irritation in the vagina or cervix.

In some cases, pink discharge could be a sign of serious problems such as ovarian cysts or yeast infection.

When to see a doctor

See a doctor if vaginal discharge has an unusual smell or appearance.

Call Marie Stopes Kenya today for free on 0800 720005 or WhatsApp them on 0709819001 for comprehensive information and evaluation. Click here to locate a clinic near you.

 You can also visit the nearest government facility near you.

Did you learn something new?

Comments
I have been having a yellow green discharge. It doesn't have a scent, I'm not itchy but I cramp a little n my lower abdomen... What could be my issue?

Hi Shash, 

It is totally normal to experience vaginal bleeding and discharge after birth. Vaginal postpartum bleeding, or lochia, is the heavy flow of blood and mucus that starts after delivery. The bleeding is heavy at first  three days after you give birth, lochia is typically dark red in color but becomes lighter in color over time. Typically, it lasts 24 to 36 days  but if your lochia lasts longer that six weeks, that’s normal too. On the other hand, if you concerns about the bleeding, talk to a doctor. 

Noarn njeri
Fri, 05/14/2021 - 05:58 pm
Hello ..when having unprotected sex with my spouse the following day when I pee I do feel pain like inflammation on the outer skin,there's yellow-greenish discharge ..theres sores and blister ..what could be the problem .
Add new comment

Comment

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang>