Every woman has a vaginal discharge that changes throughout the month. You can spot the change on your underwear or when you wipe.
Normal vaginal discharge has several purposes: it cleans and moistens the vagina, and helps to prevent and fight infections.
Normal vaginal fluids changes throughout the month in colour, amount and thickness.
The following changes may indicate a problem:
- change in odor (especially an unpleasant odor)
- change in color (especially greenish or grayish)
- change in texture (such as foamy or looking like cottage cheese)
- vaginal itching, burning, swelling, or redness
- vaginal bleeding or spotting that is not a menstrual period
Some infections that can cause changes in vaginal discharge such as gonorrhea are spread by having sex without using a male or female condom. Other infections can occur with or without having sex, such as bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection.
If you notice any changes in your discharge let your clinic know. They can assist you to clear it up.