Vaginal discharge is normal and a sign that your vagina is healthy. However, if you experience a change in your vaginal discharge, in odor or color, there may be an underlying issue that requires medical attention. The all-female team at Contemporary Women’s Care offers high-quality gynecological care and can diagnose and treat your abnormal vaginal discharge to restore health. Call one of the offices in Winter Park or Lake Nona, Florida, or request an appointment online.
Vaginal discharge is a normal part of your menstrual cycle. In fact, your vaginal discharge changes in color and consistency throughout your cycle, ranging from a sticky white substance to a thin watery substance. It can also change when you’re sexually aroused and during pregnancy.
The discharge supports vaginal health by providing lubrication and protection against infection and irritation.
Paying attention to your vaginal discharge during your menstrual cycle can help you identify when something is wrong. If your vaginal discharge has a strange odor or appears off-color, you may have an underlying health issue. You may also experience other symptoms along with the change in vaginal discharge, such as vaginal itching or burning, pain during intercourse, or swelling around your vulva.
If you’re experiencing any abnormal changes with your vaginal discharge you should schedule an appointment with the specialists at Contemporary Women’s Care right away for an evaluation. Be sure to be as detailed as possible about your symptoms so your doctor can run the right tests to determine the underlying cause.
Your abnormal vaginal discharge can develop from any number of causes. Some, such as a yeast infection or menopause, are considered harmless. However, the change in your vaginal discharge may also be a sign of a sexually transmitted disease.
Common causes of abnormal vaginal discharge include:
Although rare, a red- or brown-tinged vaginal discharge can indicate cervical cancer.
Sometimes the change in your vaginal discharge can be caused by a new shampoo or laundry detergent. Birth control can also affect vaginal discharge.
Treatment for abnormal vaginal discharge depends on the underlying cause. Your specialist at Contemporary Women’s Care takes an individualized approach and creates a treatment plan that helps you manage the underlying cause of your abnormal vaginal discharge.
Vaginal discharge is normal, but if you’re noticing an abnormal change in your discharge, it’s time to call Contemporary Women’s Care for an evaluation. Or you can request an appointment online.