Most of the time, vaginal discharge is not a bad thing. A normal, healthy discharge cleans out bacteria, excess water, and helps keep the vagina healthy and lubricated. Yes, the vagina is a self-cleaning organ and it can usually keep itself clean and free from infection, but you need to pay attention to your vaginal discharge; it can help you know the state of your vagina’s health.
To understand if you have a healthy discharge, the key is your menstrual cycle. Normal vaginal fluids can vary somewhat in texture and color. Before ovulation, the goo in your undies tends to be clear and slippery. During ovulation, the discharge will increase and be clear and stretchy.
However, changes in odor, color, texture can be a sign of a vaginal problem. Vaginal infections, such as bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, and trichomoniasis are the common causes of abnormal vaginal discharge.
- Bacterial vaginosis – causes your fluid to have an unpleasant fishy odor. The discharge might be thin and grayish in color.
- Yeast infection – causes your discharge to be white and thick, like cottage cheese. It usually doesn’t cause a strong odor, however, it may cause severe itching and burning.
- Trichomoniasis – it is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) and may cause a strong odor. The fluid may become frothy and yellow-green in color. It also causes vaginal itching and pain while urinating.
If you notice changes in your normal discharge, then it’s best to see a doctor. Be informed and know more about your vagina, since it can affect your overall health. March is Women’s Month–it’s the best time to give your vagina some love and protect it from diseases. Visit ManilaMed to know more.