How do I know if the vaginal discharge I’m experiencing is abnormal?
Vaginal discharge varies throughout your menstrual cycle. The consistency of discharge changes as your cycle progresses and is usually most abundant before ovulation. You’ll also notice increased discharge when you’re breastfeeding or sexually aroused. It’s normal to have discharge that’s clear or whitish and odorless, and it helps maintain a healthy vaginal environment.
A difference in the amount of discharge excreted, the color, or the odor may indicate an infection or other problem. If you experience burning while urinating and itching in addition to the discharge, contact Dr. Gor’s office immediately.
What could a change in vaginal discharge mean?
Changes in vaginal discharge might indicate a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, Chlamydia, another sexually transmitted disease, or another infection not related to sexual transmission. In very rare cases, abnormal vaginal discharge may require you to receive a colposcopy and cervical biopsies to rule out cervical cancer. It’s important to come in for an exam if you notice a change in your vaginal discharge. You’ll save yourself discomfort and possible complications.
What is vaginitis?
Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina and a common reason for doctor’s office visits. Bacterial vaginosis, vaginal candidiasis, and trichomoniasis are the most common variations, accounting for 90% of all infections. The doctor may do a saline wet mount, whiff test, pH testing, culture, and nucleic acid amplification testing, among other possible tests, to determine the strain. Treatment depends on the form you have but often includes topical creams.
Left untreated, vaginitis can lead to complications, including endometritis – which is an inflammation of the lining of the uterus – and pelvic inflammatory disease. If you suspect an infection, make an appointment today to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.
How can I manage vaginal discharge?
Lifestyle changes can help if you have a lot of discharge due to an infection, or simply want to minimize the discharge’s effects. Keep the vagina dry and clean and choose cotton underwear. Reduce stress, avoid douching, and stay away from tight clothing. If you have additional concerns about your discharge, feel free to discuss them with Dr. Gor.