What’s Considered Abnormal ?

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A vaginal discharge is considered abnormal if it is:

  • Heavier than usual
  • Thicker than usual
  • White and clumpy (like cottage cheese)
  • Grayish, greenish, yellowish, or blood-tinged
  • Foul- or fishy-smelling
  • Accompanied by itching, burning, a rash, or soreness
Abnormal vaginal discharge can cause irritation or itching, a foul smell or copious amounts of fluid that necessitates panty liners or pads, so it doesn’t leak through your underwear. A green tinge to your discharge or unusual bleeding may also be causes for concern.

“An abnormal vaginal discharge is usually caused by vaginitis, which most often results from irritation by a chemical or from an infection.”

Signs of Abnormal Discharge:

It’s important to recognize the signs of abnormal vaginal discharge because it could be a sign of infection or other health condition. You may also experience other symptoms with a change in discharge colour, such as irritation, itchiness or burning in or around your vagina. The combination of these factors can help reveal what may be going on in your body. Let’s take a look at the types of discharge, what it might signal, other related symptoms, and what you can do: