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What Are The Causes Of Vaginal Discharge Problem In WomenVaginal discharge is normal in all women. In fact, as long as it is milky or watery, does not smell and it is not excessive, it is a sign that your reproductive system is healthy. The natural discharge helps cleaning the vagina from bacteria that might cause infections. In your genital area there are both bad and good bacteria and the good ones help keep the bad ones under control. This is in fact the role of the vaginal discharge. Certain changes in the vaginal discharge are also normal. They usually happen during ovulation or when a woman is pregnant or breast feeding. There is nothing to worry about if the vaginal discharge becomes thicker at these moments.
Only when significant changes occur in the aspect of the discharge a woman needs to make a doctor's appointment. If the discharge changes color and becomes green, yellow, creamy or bloody and if it also starts to smell, it means that it is caused by another medical condition that needs to be treated. In many cases discharge that signalizes a problem is also accompanied by other symptoms like burning, itching, redness and soreness.
There are many causes of vaginal discharge and a doctor can identify tem correctly based on the symptoms that accompany the discharge, on its color and also on laboratory tests. Various types of infection like bacterial vaginitis, yeast infection or trichomoniasis can change the color of the discharge. Sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea or Chlamydia are also likely to cause an abnormal vaginal discharge. A course of antibiotics can interfere with a woman's vaginal chemistry, as well as reaching menopause age. Pelvic inflammatory disease and infection after undergoing pelvic surgical procedures are other causes of discharge. This can also be the result of cervical infections or cervical cancer and vaginal cancer (in rare cases), of genital warts and cervical polyps. It is important that each time something becomes abnormal in the aspect of the vaginal discharge, the cause is identified correctly and the woman receives adequate treatment.
Usually, when the discharge turns from white into creamy, it signalizes yeast infection. Yellow or gray discharge, with a very unpleasant odor is the result of bacterial vaginosis. Trichomoniasis leads to ether yellow or green discharge. Women that have recently given birth might experience a pink discharge because the uterus is going through some changes. Bloody discharge can be caused by irregular periods or by cancer, in extremely rare cases.
By: Dr Easton Patrick
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