Vaginal Discharge Color Meaning

October 14, 2019

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 dischargeConsistencyAccompanying symptomsPossible causes
Clear, white or whitish, pale yellowThin or thick, sticky, elasticNo other symptomsNormal discharge
WhiteThick and cheesy (like cottage cheese)Swollen vulva, pain – especially during sexual intercourse, itching, burning, white residues that cannot be wiped offYeast infection
White, grey or yellowThick or thinFishy odour, itching, burning, swollen vulva, redness and irritationBacterial vaginosis
Yellow or cloudyCan be of different consistencyPain in the pelvic region, vaginal bleeding or spotting in between periods, urinary incontinenceGonorrhea
Yellow or greenishBubbly, foamyStrong odour, itching, pain while urinatingTrichomoniasis
Brown or with traces of bloodCan be of different consistencyPain in the pelvic region, vaginal bleeding or spotting in between periodsIrregular periods. Brownish discharge can also appear at the beginning of your menstrual bleeding or at the very end.
PinkCan be of different consistencyNo other symptomsIf you recently had a baby, this is most likely the uterine lining shedding – normal occurrence after the delivery

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