What is White Discharge?
White discharge refers to a transparent or slightly off-white fluid that is expelled from the vagina. While the presence of white discharge is a normal process, any alterations in its colour, texture, odour, or volume can indicate an underlying infection or disease.
What is considered a Normal White Discharge?
Healthy vaginal discharge is typically clear or white and does not have a foul odour. It can range from watery and sticky to thick and pasty, clear, milky white or off-white, consists not an unpleasant scent, and a controlled quantity is considered a normal white discharge.
Causes of White Discharge
Hormonal changes, yeast infection (candida overgrowth), bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis (STI), and cervical or vaginal infections in the cervix or vagina, such as cervicitis or vaginitis are the most common causes of abnormal white discharge.
How Common is it?
women suffer from abnormal white discharge
women go through vulva itching due to abnormal white discharge
women aged 43-49 experience increase in vaginal discharge
women suffer from lower abdomen pain due to abnormal discharge
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I have a discharge of yellowish colour. Is it normal?
Actually not. If your discharge is not of clear or white colour, there is a need for concern. Yellow, grey or green colour discharge may be a sign of bacterial or sexually transmitted infection (STI).
I have white discharge every day. Is it normal?
Indeed, it is perfectly natural to experience some amount of white discharge on a daily basis. This discharge is an essential mechanism by which your body maintains the cleanliness, hygiene, and health of your reproductive part. It is not something that can be prevented, as it serves a vital purpose. If you have concerns regarding excessive discharge, you may consider using a panty liner to assist in absorbing the fluid.
How does the white discharge change when you are pregnant?
Observing an elevation in vaginal discharge during pregnancy is considered a normal occurrence. This heightened discharge serves as a protective measure to prevent infections from ascending to the uterus. Additionally, increased levels of progesterone can stimulate greater production of vaginal discharge. If you happen to notice any changes in your vaginal discharge during pregnancy, it is advisable to get in touch with your healthcare provider specializing in pregnancy care.
Why does my white discharge smell? Do I have to worry?
There exist various factors that may contribute to an odorous vaginal discharge. Should you detect an unpleasant or notably pungent 'fishy' scent accompanying your vaginal discharge, it could potentially indicate the presence of an infection.