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Vaginal Health: Discharge, Odour, Care and More

Did you know that the colour of your vaginal discharge could be used as an indication of your gynaecological and feminine health?

Vaginal discharge is a part of your normal bodily function that can happen to all women. It is a fact of life. Yet, vaginal discharge is still regarded as one of the many women’s health taboos that women feel embarrassed to talk about.

It is important for women to obtain a comprehensive understanding of their bodies in order to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.

What is Vaginal Discharge?

The function of a woman’s vaginal discharge is to allow your body to expel fluids and dead cells from the vagina. They can appear white, clear, milky and yellow when dried. Vaginal discharge is also a way for the female body to keep the vagina healthy and clean.

The amount and consistency of discharge varies from individual to individual. However, the change in colour, thickness and smell as well as any irritation and burning sensation could signal a problem.

Find out what the colour of your vaginal discharge means below:

  • Clear, white or light yellow: usually this means that everything is normal. However, if you detect strong odours, inconsistent textures and irritation, you might have yeast or bacterial infection
  •  Yellow or green: Yellowish or greenish discharge is a likely indication of an underlying infection. The discharge could also have a thick and chunky consistency with a strong odour. It is important to rule out a sexually transmitted disease if you are sexually active. 
  • Dark brown or red: Some women may experience brownish vaginal discharge just before or after their menstrual period. However, if the brownish discharge is persistent, or if you experience brownish or reddish spotting in between your periods or after sex, then it is important to see a doctor early. 
  • Gray or off white: Grayish or off white vaginal discharge may be a sign of bacterial vaginosis (BV). It can be treated with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor.

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