vaginal discharge

Vaginal discharge that might signal an infection

Vaginal Discharge has a bit of a bad rap – which is unfair because it’s actually a super smart way for our bodies to tell us how they’re feeling. Clear, stringy, thick, white, creamy, opaque… these kinds of discharge are typically a sign that everything’s running smoothly. And we should be thankful to our vaginas for letting us know! But discharge, being the master communicator that it is, can also tell us when we may have an infection or condition. Yep, discharge really is wonderful stuff!

So, which types of vaginal discharge (and changes to it) should you keep an eye out for? Here are some of the signs your discharge could be trying to tell you something.

Your discharge is an unusual color

If the color of your discharge changes, it could be due to an infection, like a yeast infection; a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as trichomoniasis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, or bacterial vaginosis (BV). It could also be caused by a problem in the uterus or with the cervix, like polyps or fibroids.

The colors and shades to look out for (and when to look out for them) are:

  • Yellow discharge, anything more than just a tinge. When? At any point in your cycle.
  • Green discharge. When? At any point in your cycle.
  • Grey discharge. including grey-ish white and totally grey. When? At any point in your cycle.
  • Brown discharge, including reddish-brown and blackish-brown. When? If it’s not normal for you, or if you’re seeing it between periods or instead of your usual period.


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