It’s normal for every woman to have vaginal discharge. In fact it’s almost a daily occurrence so you usually have nothing to worry about. Your vagina is a self-cleaning organ so when you see vaginal discharge, it just shows that your vagina is cleaning itself effectively. However, in some cases, it can also show that something is going wrong down there and it needs to be checked out.
The colour of the discharge usually tells you if everything is going fine or if you need to be worried. This means you need to know exactly what each colour stands for. Here are five colours of vaginal discharge and what they mean:
1. White and clear discharge
This is usually the normal colour of vaginal discharge. It’s usually different in terms of thickness and texture when you’re ovulating, before your period and after your period ends. However, if the discharge is cheesy in nature, it’s usually a sign that you have a yeast infection.
2. Brown discharge
This usually comes within a space of three days after your period. This is completely normal and is a sign that your uterus is cleaning out the remaining residue from its shedding process. However, if it doesn’t stop, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. If you have brown discharge that continues long after your period is over, you should see a doctor.
3. Green discharge
You already know something is wrong because nothing green should be coming from your vagina. Green discharge is usually the sign of a sexually transmitted infection known as trichomoniasis. It can be treated with antibiotics for you and your man.
4. Yellow discharge
This is also usually a sign that you have a sexually transmitted infection, especially if it smells bad. Experts say yellow discharge could also be a symptom of Chlamydia or Gonorrhea.
5. Gray discharge
Gray discharge that smells like fish is also bad news. Having this kind of discharge suggests that you could have an infection called bacterial vaginosis. This can also be treated with antibiotics prescribed by your doctor.
Meanwhile, this is the right way to clean your vagina after sex.
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