Have you ever looked at your undies and saw something alarming? Like…a discharge that is far from the look you are used to? Well, before you call 911 or have a mini heart attack let’s first identify what’s considered normal and what’s not. From a clear to a watery discharge, here’s a list of the types of vaginal discharges and what they could mean:
Types of Vaginal Discharge
Clear vaginal discharge resembles the look of raw egg whites. Your vaginal discharge will commonly look like this when you are starting your cycle through to ovulation. Its sticky consistency helps sperm swim to your uterus.
Having a milky white discharge is totally normal. You can usually experience this type of vaginal discharge at the end of your cycle. If you are on the pill, your discharge is usually creamy all the time.
Resembling Cottage Cheese
You might be alarmed when you see that your hooha has excreted something that resembles cottage cheese. Well, you should be as this can indicate a yeast infection.
Has Strands of Blood
If you are on the pill, it is very common to have a rusty-brown discharge following your period. This is because of the dried blood that is still being ejected by your body, but if your bloody discharge continues for an extended time after the time your cycle usually ends, you might want to have that checked out by your doctor.
Yellow, Resembling Pus
Having a yellow vaginal discharge that comes with itching, pain and a very unpleasant odor could mean that you have gonorrhea, chlamydia or a pelvic infection. It’s best to go see your doctor immediately and have it checked out.
Grayish-Greenish & Foamy
If your vaginal discharge resembles green slime and comes with a fishy odor and burning sensation, you might be experiencing something called bacterial vaginosis, which is an infection of the vagina caused by some nasty bacteria.
Heavier Than Normal Discharge
Having an excess vaginal discharge is a common side effect of having an IUD. The IUD string usually irritates the vagina, causing it to produce more fluid. But if you do not have an IUD or the excess vaginal discharge is accompanied by itchiness, you might have a yeast infection. It could also mean that you are pregnant.
Watery discharge is often a symptom of herpes and there are commonly open sores inside the vagina. It is often accompanied by discomfort of your private areas.
How to Avoid Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
So, now that you can distinguish what’s normal and what’s not, you might be wondering what you can do to avoid abnormal discharge. Have a look at the steps below to save you from that embarrassing trip to the doctor.
Avoid using petroleum jelly or oils as lubricants. They are perfect mediums as breeding grounds for bacteria to grow.
Use medication as indicated. If you are treated for vaginal infection, it is best to use all medication as directed and finish the course of treatment as instructed by your doctor.
Avoid vaginal products that could irritate the vagina. Vaginal products such as vaginal creams, gels and suppositories that are inserted directly into the vagina could cause irritation and infection.
Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes. Wearing super skinny jeans, exercise wear and panty hose for a long period of time can cause poor circulation as well as abnormal vaginal discharge.
Never scratch. Vaginal infection often comes with itching. Never scratch, it only makes things worse.
Do NOT have intercourse while being treated. You need to wait until you have fully completed your treatment plan for vaginal infection before having intercourse. Having intercourse while having issues down there will only further irritate your private parts and could potentially be contagious to your partner.
Take oral vaginal rejuvenation products. If you want to get tighter down there, without risking vaginal infection, take oral vaginal tightening pills instead of vaginal creams, gels, suppositories and douche. Products containing Kacip Fatimah and Morinda Citrifolia can also help cleanse your vaginal area because of its antibacterial and antioxidant effects.
Use pads. When you are on medication for your infection and your menstruation starts, it is best to use pads instead of tampons.
Wear cotton panties. Cotton undies allow your privates to breath and also keeps it dry. Having dry undies means less chances of getting a yeast infection.
Always use a condom. Using condoms if you are not in a long-term relationship not only prevents you from getting pregnant, it also protects you from any STD that your partner may have.
Never use vaginal douches. Besides the fact that they don’t work, when prepared in an unsanitary manner, vaginal douches could give you vaginal infection.
Following the simple steps above, along with eating right, sleeping well and having a good hygiene will help keep the infection and irritation away!