6 Types Of Vaginal Discharge And What Each Of Them Is Telling You About Your Health

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Ever had that moment when after pulling down your panties you notice a discharge with a colour you are not familiar with? The next moment you are wondering, ‘what’s up?’ and what could have led to a change in the colour of your vaginal discharge.

Most of us have had that experience and if the skipping of your heartbeat is anything to go by, then it id true that vaginal health is important and we should not overlook it.

The colour of your vaginal discharge goes a long way to determine the state of your reproductive health and you should pay attention to it especially when it not the usual.

Different colours of vaginal discharge mean different things and just before your start worrying your pretty head read our complete guide to what each colour of your discharge means.

1. Blood red or dried brown

Red or brown bloody discharge is normal during your period. Colors might range from cherry-red at the beginning of your period to rusty brown. But if you do see red throughout the month, it could be a sign of a health issue, like an infection.  The reasons for a blood-red or brown discharge could also be a hormonal change or the birth control pills you are on.

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2. Creamy and milky white

A variety of white shades of discharge, from eggshell to cream, can be normal. Unless your discharge is accompanied by certain textures or smells, don’t fret too much. A white discharge does almost the same thing as a clear discharge; to keep your vagina lubricated during sex and keep your vaginal tissues healthy.

3. Pale yellow to neon green

A very light yellow discharge could be more normal than you think. Most times it appears in your discharge, your diet is usually the cause. A green-yellow discharge on the other hand could be a sign of an infection. Have it checked.

4. Blush to deep pink

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Pink discharge, ranging from a very light blush to the deep pink of a sunset, is often just a sign of the beginning of your cycle. But at other times, it can be a sign of a serious health problem. Some women usually see blood discharge after sex, so this could be another reason for a pinkish discharge.

5. Clear

Clear discharge, which can also be whitish in color, is usually normal. It may have an egg-white like consistency. It’s also the go-to discharge a healthy body expels to rebalance itself – because your vagina is an amazing, self-cleaning organ. This colour usually occurs during your ovulation, pregnancy or when you are aroused; all absolutely normal.

6. Cloudy gray

When white turns to gray, like storm clouds or exhaust, see your doctor or call your OB-GYN. It could be a sign of bacterial vaginosis (BV), which is a very common infection in women. Your doctor will likely prescribe antibacterial ointments or oral antibiotics.

You should get a check up if any of these discharge colours is accompanied by itching, pain, burning sensation during urination, a foul odour and blood discharge unrelated to your menstrual cycle.