Is Your Vaginal Discharge Normal?

Is Your Vaginal Discharge Normal?

Vaginal discharge is your body’s natural way of cleaning. The consistency, odor and even color are likely to change throughout the month as your hormones respond to your menstrual cycle, stress or arousal. However, your discharge can also change in reaction to an infection, STD or other problem within your vagina. Therefore, it is important to know what’s normal and what’s not.


When To See Your Doctor

Strong, Fishy Odor: This may be a sign you have bacterial vaginosis (BV), which is easily treated with a course of antibiotics.

Clumpy and Itchy: Intense itching, burning and “cottage cheese” discharge are often an indication of a yeast infection, which requires antifungal treatment.

Heavy and Painful: Certain STDs are associated with pain, or pain during sex. A heavier than normal discharge may also be present. See your doctor promptly.


At North Pointe OB/GYN, we always want to know if you are concerned about your vaginal health, including sudden changes in your discharge or other uncomfortable symptoms. While it may be completely normal, it can also be a sign of infection or disease that needs to be treated early. To help you avoid vaginal discharge disturbances, try to avoid perfumed soaps, sprays, and lotions. You may also want to wear cotton panties or loose fit clothing to lower the chances of moisture and bacteria growth.

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