The fluid that the glands release into the vagina and cervix is basically the dead cells and bacteria that is flushed out through the vaginal opening as a discharge to keep the vagina clean and free of infection. Normal discharges are actually good for you and are generally range from a clear to a milky white colour and have a distinguished smell to them.

Further, observations suggest that there is absolutely no discharge after the periods. Post the period ends, there is a thick, white discharge. Then the consistency changes to appear thicker and mucous. And finally, just before the ovulation period, the discharge becomes sticky and clear, and right before the next date, the discharge becomes thick and white. Here is more information on vaginal discharges and what they mean:

Thick White discharge 

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If you are having a thick white vaginal discharge, it could be a sign of a problem if it accompanies a fishy smell, itching, burning sensation, in that case, it could probably be a yeast infection. If there is no such symptom, then relax there’s nothing to worry, it’s just normal vaginal discharge.

Yellow Discharge

It is generally considered to be abnormal and a reason to worry. Yellow colouration in the discharge may be due to bacterial infections or sexually transmitted infections and it is advisable to see a doctor if you’re having this condition.

Brown/Red Discharge

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Brown colouration in the discharge may be a caution for you to regulate your diet and routine as it could be because of the irregular periods. If this continues to happen, it could be taken as an early sign for uterine or cervical cancer. Hence, you should definitely consult a doctor. Sometimes, during menopause, women see this type of discharges but at menopause, a woman must not experience any type of vaginal bleeding otherwise there are risks of vaginal cancer.

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Green/Yellow Discharge

It is very dangerous to be having this kind of discharge. A green coloured vaginal discharge may be a sign of severe sexually transmitted infection which can be termed as trichomoniasis.  If you are suffering from this condition you must see a doctor who might place you on antibiotics.

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Yeast Infection

This is a very common problem in women. Fungi and bacteria naturally exist on the vaginal wall, but in case of an imbalance, the fungus increases and causes a thick fishy-smelling, cottage cheese-like discharge. With excessive itching and burning sensations. In case of a yeast infection, you must take anti-fungal insertion tablets/ointment that would kill the fungus and provide you relief from itching and the pain.

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Some Other Types and Causes

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There are some other types of discharges too, the grey colour discharge may mean bacterial vaginosis, the pink discharge may mean implantation bleeding, cervical bleeding or vaginal irritation. Last but not the least there are discharges during pregnancy too milky white mildly smelling discharge that increases in amount in pregnant women.  Other Causes of vaginal discharge could be medicines or hormones (used in the treatment of breast cancer, endometriosis, fibroids or infertility), ovaries removal surgery, radiation treatment to the pelvic area, chemotherapy or severe stress, depression or intense pressure. We would suggest you not to take the colouration in discharges, jokingly because it could be an early sign of a life-threatening disease. So, be aware and healthy.

 

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