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Grey discharge: Possible reasons explained

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Ever noticed grey stains on your underwear or toilet paper and wondered why? Wonder no more! Here’s what you need to know.


What does Grey discharge look like?

Grey-ish white or grey in color. Plus, you might notice the texture has changed too, becoming either thinner and more watery or thicker than usual.


Is it a problem?

We’ll be straight with you – it might be. But not one you can’t solve!

You see, grey discharge can be a sign of bacterial vaginosis, which is caused by a change in the natural balance of bacteria in your vagina. The end result – discharge that’s greyish-white, thin, and watery.

Grey discharge can also be a sign of a few sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. When this is what’s behind it, it causes a grey discharge that’s thinner or thicker than normal.

Other symptoms to watch for include increased and/or smelly discharge; bleeding between periods; pain when you pee, and most importantly, abdominal pain and fever. Bacterial vaginosis, in particular, can cause a strong, fishy smell. It’s not especially pleasant, but at least it works as a good warning sign!


It’s worth noting that STIs are often symptomless so even if a change in discharge is all you’ve noticed, it’s best to be safe and get an expert opinion.


What can you do? The good news? STIs are treatable.

Your best bet is to get checked out by a medical professional. Left untreated, an infection can lead to complications, so it’s best to take care of it ASAP.

Anything else it might be? Your discharge may take on a greyish tinge at different points in your cycle for no reason at all. (tracking yours in periods tracker can be a good way to get to know what’s normal for you.)

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