Vaginal discharge…meh (shrugs shoulders!) I guess it’s just another one of those things that women have to deal with right? You probably have it and don’t even give it much thought! As long as it looks normal, and you feel find, why even worry about it?
It’s when it smells funny, looks weird, or is happening more often than usual that you may get a bit concerned. Next time this happens, after reading this of course, you will be able to decode your discharge, before running to the store to buy a slew of creams, sprays, and suppositories to “fix” it.
Clear/White and Wet
OB-GYN and coauthor of V is for Vagina Alyssa Dweck, explains that discharge at ovulation can be copious, but normal. This is why many women prefer sex when they’re ovulation, it acts as an additional bit of lubrication.” Many woman have a very wet discharge around the ovulation portion of their period, it is completely normal and okay.
White, Clumpy, and Itchy
Dr. Dweck says, “If there is a lot of odorless cottage-cheese looking discharge, accompanied with a killer itch, more than likely it’s a yeast infection.” This can be caused by a ton of things ranging from anti-biotics to hygiene. The best part about this uncomfortable infection, is that there are plenty of OTC meds you can take to quickly alleviate this problem.
Yellowish-Green and STINGS!
According to Dr. Dweck, it’s probably Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, very common bacterial STD’s. You may also experience pelvic pain and painful urination. Dweck says, “make sure if you are diagnosed, you and your partner get treated, or you’ll keep passing the infection back and forth to each other.”
Grayish, Thin and SMELLY
Dr. Dweck explains that, “the odor is the defining trait of Bacterial Vaginosis.” It has a foul, fish-like smell that lingers. Though this issue is also very common, and can be easily cured, it often reoccurs once you’ve gotten it once. Generally, this happens with something has created a bacterial imbalance in your vagina.
Frothy, Smelly, and Gray/Green
You may be dealing with Trichomoniasis. According to the CDC, it is the most common and curable STD in the country, and it doesn’t have to come from you having intercourse. According to Dr. Dweck, ” Trichomoniasis is caused by an organism that can live on towels, vibrators, and other inanimate objects.
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