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Vaginal discharge can sometimes clue you in to what’s up down there – even if you have any potential health problems. It is a fluid that flows from the vagina and is produced by glands located in the vaginal wall and the cervix, keeping the vagina and reproductive tract clean and healthy.
A lucky few have so little vaginal discharge, it is not even noticeable. But for the rest of us, discharge is an (almost) daily occurrence. It is entirely normal among women. However, the types of vaginal discharge you experience will vary throughout your menstrual cycle. Which sometimes may leave you wondering whether the discharge you’re getting is normal or not.
A healthy vaginal discharge consistency can range from watery to sticky, and the colour can range from clear to whitish. It also has a slight odour that isn’t strong smelling. However green discharge is not a normal occurrence and does require medical treatment. It’s abnormal and usually indicates infection especially when accompanied by a foul smell.
Let’s get down to knowing about its causes.
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection (STT) and is the most common cause of green discharge. But most women with this condition are asymptomatic. Dr Surabhi Siddhartha, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospital Kharghar, Mumbai, says, “A green discharge will mean that you may have a bacterial or a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It can be due to trichomoniasis infection seen due to a parasite.”
PID is a general term for a bacterial infection of a woman’s reproductive organ. The major causes are two STD s called gonorrhoea and chlamydia. “The vaginal discharge that may be associated with these two infections is typically more yellow and green in colour, has a foul smell, and can lead to burning, itching, and pain down there,” says Dr Siddhartha.
If there is a foreign object such as retained tampon in the vagina then one can see a green discharge. It will need to be removed and an antibiotic may be used to treat any potential infection, says Dr Siddhartha.
It may also be a sign of vulvovaginitis, which is characterized by inflammation to the vulva and vagina. This condition causes an overgrowth of flora which leads to swelling in the area. It is often caused by the use of irritating soap and scented products. This can cause green discharge.
Although it is not the most common cause of green discharge, in many cases, a bacterial vaginosis infection can be present. But don’t worry it is curable so visit your doctor.
The only thing more worrying than seeing green vaginal discharge is seeing green discharge while you’re pregnant. Green vaginal discharge during pregnancy is a sign that you need to see your health care provider immediately. Green discharge during pregnancy might indicate any of the possible causes we’ve already discussed such as trichomoniasis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, and bacterial vaginosis.
1. Clear discharge
If it is clear then this can be before the process of ovulation or during pregnancy.
It will have a strong odor and may indicate an infection.
This can be due to a change in your eating habits or taking dietary supplements.
This can be seen owing to menstrual bleeding during one’s period.
If you have this type of discharge then it can be alarming! This can be seen because of bacterial vaginosis (BV). You will immediately consult the doctor and take treatment.
Dr Siddhartha suggests:
Remember that it can only be treated by the doctor so without any delay, make an appointment.