Abnormal Vaginal Discharge

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Yoshinori Abe, MD

Internal medicine

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  • Milky vaginal discharge (change from usual)

  • There is a large amount of vaginal discharge with bad smell

  • There is an increase in vaginal discharge

  • Vaginal discharge has slightly increased

  • A bubble-shaped yellow vaginal discharge

  • My vaginal discharge looks strange

  • Green yellow vaginal discharge

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Normal vaginal discharge is clear or milky and thin. Abnormal discharge may be yellow or green, chunky in consistency, or foul smelling.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Fever

  • Lower abdominal pain

  • Abdominal pain

  • Intermenstrual bleeding

  • Urinary frequency

  • Increase in vaginal discharge

Possible causes

  • Atrophic vaginitis

    A condition where the vaginal surface becomes dry and thin. This is commonly seen after menopause, due to a decrease in female hormone levels. Symptoms include itching and painful intercourse.

  • Candida vulvovaginitis

    This is a fungal infection by Candida that affects the vaginal area. Candida normally exists on skin and vaginal linings with no issues. An infection occurs when the skin or vaginal lining changes in character such that it promotes an overgrowth of Candida. People with weakened immune systems or who are on birth control pills may be at increased risk.

  • Descent of uterus / uterine prolapse

    Protrusion of the uterus (womb) outside of the body. This happens when the muscles and tissues that support the womb become weakened (e.g. after repeated childbirths, aging), allowing the womb to drop out.

  • Pollakiuria
  • Chlamydia infection
  • Vaginitis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Cervical cancer
  • Cervical dysplasia

Related serious diseases

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

    A disease where organs in the pelvis such as the uterus become infected. This causes abdominal pain, fever and other symptoms. As the infection can spread rapidly, prompt antibiotic treatment is essential.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have any concerns regarding change in your vaginal discharge (color, volume or odor)?

  • Have you experienced increased vaginal discharge recently?

  • Do you have a thick white vaginal discharge like cottage cheese or yogurt?

  • Does the vaginal discharge smell worse recently?

  • Do you have gray vaginal discharge?

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Medically Reviewed By:

Rohini R

Rohini R, MD

Ear, nose, throat (ENT)

Yoshinori Abe

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Internal medicine

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