Gray vaginal discharge is not healthy, and it can be a symptom of a common bacterial infection called bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV is not an sexually transmitted disease (STD), but rather an infection that can cause an imbalance of the normal flora, the microorganisms in the vagina. BV is often accompanied by a strong, fishy odor. Other symptoms include itching, irritation, and redness around the vulva or vaginal opening. It can be a bit alarming, but the good news is that this is usually treated with a simple antibiotic from your doctor or a pH vaginal regulator, such as GYNALAC which you can pick up at your local pharmacy without a prescription. If you are prone to BV, never douche. Furthermore, abstaining from sex can help lower your risk but it is certainly not mandatory! Just keep your risk at bay by using condoms, as sometimes sperm may contribute to creating an pH imbalance in the vagina.
Gray discharge can also be a sign of trichomoniasis, which is an STD which can be treated and cured with antibiotics. If you have a gray discharge, it is highly recommended you immediately consult your healthcare practitioner.