What Your Vaginal Discharge Color Says
Abnormal vaginal odor can leave you feeling uncomfortable, but it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Think about it, when have you ever noticed another female’s vaginal smell? Chances are, you haven’t.
Intensifying odor from your vagina can indicate infection or illness. The following chart from Multi-Gyn will help you determine the cause of your vaginal odor by outlining what the consistency and color of your discharge means.
|Color of discharge||Consistency||Accompanying symptoms||Possible causes|
|Clear, white or whitish, pale yellow||Thin or thick, sticky, elastic||No other symptoms||Normal discharge|
|White||Thick and cheesy (like cottage cheese)||Swollen vulva, pain – especially during sexual intercourse, itching, burning, white residues that cannot be wiped off||Yeast infection|
|White, grey or yellow||Thick or thin||Fishy odour, itching, burning, swollen vulva, redness and irritation||Bacterial vaginosis|
|Yellow or cloudy||Can be of different consistency||Pain in the pelvic region, vaginal bleeding or spotting in between periods, urinary incontinence||Gonorrhea|
|Yellow or greenish||Bubbly, foamy||Strong odour, itching, pain while urinating||Trichomoniasis|
|Brown or with traces of blood||Can be of different consistency||Pain in the pelvic region, vaginal bleeding or spotting in between periods||Irregular periods. Brownish discharge can also appear at the beginning of your menstrual bleeding or at the very end.|
|Pink||Can be of different consistency||No other symptoms||If you recently had a baby, this is most likely the uterine lining shedding – normal occurrence after the delivery|
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