The shade of white can extend to include cream or light yellow. If a person has no other symptoms, white discharge is most likely a sign of healthy lubrication.
However, yeast infections can produce a thick, white, vaginal discharge with an appearance similar to cottage cheese and the discharge may have an odor something like spoiled milk. Yeast infections are quite common and are most often caused by an overgrowth of the fungus candida albicans within the vagina. Certain antibiotics can disrupt the microbiome of your vagina, leading to a yeast infection. Other causes of yeast infection include pregnancy, a compromised immune system, contraceptive use, hormone therapy, and uncontrolled diabetes. In addition to cottage cheese-like discharge, signs of a yeast infection may include burning during urination, vaginal itching, irritation, and a swollen vulva.