Normal vaginal discharge is a healthy way for your body to get rid of fluid and old cells — but discharge can also be a sign of something more serious.
The clear or white fluid that comes out of the vagina is called the vaginal discharge (also called leukorrhea).
This substance contains mucus, usually from glands in the cervical and vaginal walls. This is especially common in women of childbearing age.
Vaginal discharge can be thick pasta, or thin – and it may stink or have no odor at all.
When exposed to air, the discharge may be white or yellow. It can be cloudy, bloody or green.
Although most women experience vaginal discharge at some point, some women have it more often – and more often – than others.
Features such as color, thickness, or discharge properties may vary due to the following factors.
Other causes of vaginal discharge and vaginal itching may include:
Menopause or low estrogen levels
Forget a vaginal tampon or foreign object
Use of detergents, fabric softeners, feminine sprays, ointments, creams, douches, or contraceptive foams, jellies, or creams
Medical conditions that affect the skin
Cervical or vaginal cancer
Vaginal Discharge and Infection
The following symptoms may indicate that your vaginal discharge is due to an infection, such as a yeast infection:
Itchy or swollen vagina
Green, yellow or gray matter
Foam or greasy (such as cottage cheese) is released
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms.
Vaginal Discharge and Douching
Normal vaginal discharge is a healthy and natural way to rid your body of fluid and old cells.
Suspicious activity can interfere with this process and even lead to infection.
Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
If you have any concerns about vaginal discharge, your doctor will most likely ask you about your medical history, perform a thorough physical examination, and examine your pelvic area. Will
Your doctor may also:
Take a cervical culture
Examine your vaginal discharge under a microscope
Perform a pop smear
Take a skin biopsy of the vulva (the area around the vagina)
Any treatment will depend on the cause of your symptoms, and may include medication or other basic measures.