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Vaginal Discharge 101: Understanding the Causes, Symptoms, and Tips for Maintaining Vaginal Health

Updated: Aug 9, 2023

Let's go there today, shall we?

What is really import to know first is that some vaginal discharge is completely normal.


There are a lot of females who have discharge every day or at certain times of their menstrual cycle. While some amount of discharge is normal, an abnormal discharge can indicate an underlying issue. This article provides an overview of vaginal discharge, its causes, and symptoms, along with some important tips for maintaining vaginal health.

The normal vagina will never smell like rainbows and sunshine, but it also shouldn’t have a foul odor.

Normal discharge is present in order to keep the vagina clean and moist. It’s actually helpful in fighting vaginal infections. Normal vaginal discharge is usually clear to white in color and can be sticky or creamy in consistency. It doesn't cause any symptoms like itching or burning, and it does not have a foul odor. However, if the discharge is green or yellow, accompanied by itching or burning, or has a very strong odor, it is not normal and requires medical attention.

To make it easy to understand, the causes of abnormal vaginal discharge can be categorized into two categories: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and non-STDs. Non-STDs that can lead to discharge include yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, and atrophic vaginitis. STDs that cause vaginal discharge can include gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomonas, and herpes.

If left untreated, these infections can lead to serious health issues. Some females with an STD may not have any symptoms at all. This is why it's essential to visit a gynecologist regularly, especially if you are sexually active with a new partner, not using condoms consistently for STD prevention, or experiencing vaginal symptoms.

To maintain vaginal health, If you are having daily normal discharge, it's recommended to wear a thin panty liner and change it whenever it gets too wet. This can help prevent discomfort and odor. Other tips for maintaining vaginal health include avoiding the use of scented products, wearing cotton underwear, and avoiding douching.

In summary, while some vaginal discharge is normal, abnormal discharge can indicate an underlying issue. It's essential to see a doctor if you experience any unusual symptoms, such as green or yellow discharge, itching or burning, or a foul odor. Regular visits to a gynecologist and practicing safe sex can also help maintain vaginal health.

DISCLAIMER: Features published by Adaaba are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. Always seek the advice of your GP or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health-related programme.

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