Unravel the signs of abnormal vaginal discharge and when it should warrant a visit to your healthcare provider. Let this guide help you maintain your vaginal health.
When should I be concerned about my discharge?
Schedule a visit with your health care provider if you have: Greenish, yellowish, thick or cheesy vaginal discharge. Strong vaginal odor. Itching, burning or irritation of your vagina or of the area of skin that surrounds the vagina and urethra, also called the vulva.
How do I know if my discharge is healthy?
Normal vaginal discharge helps clean the vagina by removing old cells. It’s these mucus-like secretions that keep it healthy. The fluids can be clear or milky looking and should not have a strong odor. 2 Sometimes, you may notice a fluid that is thin and stringy such as during ovulation.
Is there an unhealthy amount of discharge?
Talk to a doctor today. A normal amount of vaginal discharge in a 24-hour period ranges from 1-4 milliliters. This is just under a teaspoon at the most. You may notice more discharge before or during ovulation.
What kind of discharge is alarming?
Yellow or green — May indicate an infection, especially if it’s thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odor. Brown — May happen right after your period as your body is “cleaning out” your vagina. Old blood looks brown. Spotting blood — This may occur mid-cycle or when ovulating.