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Vaginal Discharge 

What is my discharge telling me about my vaginal health?

First, we must understand that vaginal discharge, in general, is normal and changes throughout the menstrual cycle as fluctuations in hormone levels occur.

In other words, a normal discharge means a healthy vagina!

My discharge has recently changed. How do I know when it's time to get checked out?

Review our quick guide to vaginal discharge below. If your symptoms are considered to be abnormal, it's time to get it checked out and see if treatment is necessary. 

Normal Discharge

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  • Color: Clear or White

  • Consistency: Thin, Creamy, Stretchy or Sticky

  • Amount: Small

  • Odor: slight or mild

Abnormal Discharge

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  • Color: Yellow, Green, Grey, or Brown

  • Consistency: Thick, Clumpy, Foamy or Frothy

  • Amount: Moderate to Heavy

  • Odor: Foul (like fish or yeast)

  • Additional symptoms may include:

    • Vaginal itching, burning, or redness

    • Pelvic pain or swelling

Can my discharge be evaluated using a virtual visit or do I have to be seen in-person?

In most cases, a virtual visit is all you need for adequate evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of abnormal vaginal discharge. In fact, changes in discharge can often be diagnosed and treated based on description of symptoms alone without ever doing a pelvic exam or diagnostic testing.

However, there are some situations where a vaginal swab for culture is needed to accurately diagnose the cause of abnormal discharge and create an effective treatment plan. This typically is needed in cases of recurrent bacterial vaginosis (BV) and certain sexually transmitted infections (STI's).


In rare cases, there may be severe infection known as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and requires prompt evaluation in an Emergency Room setting. If you are experiencing severe abdominal or pelvic pain, fever, chills, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, loss of consciousness, or any other urgently concerning symptoms report directly to your nearest Emergency Room immediately! 

Are you still unsure if your discharge is normal and not sure what to do next? 

Don't risk it! Let the professionals figure it out. 

You can prevent potential long-term impacts such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, ectopic or tubal pregnancy, and even infertility if your symptoms are associated with underlying conditions and left untreated. 


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