Vaginal Discharge

Guide to Vaginal Discharge Colour

Let’s be real. We’ve all had that moment when we’ve pulled down our pants in the bathroom, seen a different color than usual, and asked, “Is that normal?”

Vaginal discharge is a normal part of a woman’s reproductive cycle. Healthy discharge keeps the vagina clean, wards off infections, and provides lubrication. You may notice your discharge changes throughout your menstrual cycle and over the years. The production of vaginal discharge can vary from woman to woman, and can change in consistency and appearance depending on many factors.

These factors include:

  • menstrual cycle
  • hormones
  • pregnancy
  • infections

Generally, healthy vaginal discharge:

  • Appears clear or white in color
  • Has a slight odor, but not one that is strong smelling
  • Can leave a yellowish tint on your underwear
  • Changes in consistency depending on your menstrual cycle

Most of the time, vaginal discharge is not something you should worry about, however, if you notice your vaginal discharge has changed from its typical consistency, color, and smell, or if you have other symptoms in your vaginal area such as vaginal itching, swelling, burning, or pain, this may be a sign of a more serious problem.

Healthy Vaginal Discharge

Abnormal Vaginal Discharge

  • Clear or whitish in colour
  • Slight odor that isn’t strong smelling
  • Can leave a yellowish tint on your underwear
  • Changes in consistency throughout menstrual cycle

Talk to your doctor if discharge:

  • Changes in consistency
  • Appears yellow, green, or gray
  • Resembles cottage cheese in color and consistency, and you have vaginal itchiness
  • Looks foamy or frothy
  • Has a strong smell of fish, yeast , or another unusual odor
  • Is brown or blood-stained

Unusual vaginal discharge may be a sign that you have an infection, a sexually transmitted disease (STD), or another health condition that could include:

  • yeast infection
  • vaginitis
  • bacterial vaginosis
  • trichomoniasis
  • gonorrhea
  • chlamydia
  • pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

Abnormal discharge may also be a side effect of douching. Douching is cleaning the inside of the vagina with water or other products. Douching is not necessary for a woman and may actually cause infection. It can interfere with the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina and is not recommended by doctors. Douching is linked to infections, STDs, and even fertility problems.

Normal vaginal discharge, is thin, clear, or milky white, and mild smelling. If your discharge turns grey or white accompanied by a strong smell, it may be a sign that you have bacterial vaginosis (BV) and a pH imbalance. The only real solution is to restore and maintain your body’s delicate balance. Sometimes your body can do this on its own, but when it needs a little help, there’s GYNALAC.  Read more…