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Vaginal Discharge


Vaginal Discharge: Most vaginal discharge is completely normal. However if your vaginal discharge has an unusual odour and appearance or is accompanied by itching or pain, it may be a sign that something is wrong. Vaginal discharge is a combination of fluid and cells that are continuously shed through your vagina. The function of vaginal discharge is to clean and protect the vagina. The colour and consistency of vaginal discharge vary from whiteish and sticky to clear and watery between your menstrual periods, roughly corresponding to the stage of your reproductive cycle.

It is also normal to have some vaginal discharge during pregnancy. Although most causes of abnormal vaginal discharge, including yeast infection, bacterial vaginitis and menopausal symptoms are relatively harmless, they can be extremely uncomfortable. An abnormal vaginal discharge may also accompany certain sexually transmitted infections, some of which can spread to the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Though it rarely occurs, an advanced cervical cancer produces a brownish or blood-tinged vaginal discharge.

If you are not sure whether your discharge is normal and are worried about it, see your doctor for a proper diagnosis and for advice on how to treat the infection.
 

 

 


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