Vaginal discharge is a term given to biological fluids contained within or expelled from the vagina. It can be of various colors, usually whitish, yellowish or greenish.
While most discharge is normal and can reflect the various stages of the
menstrual cycle, some discharge can be a result of an infection, such as a sexually transmitted disease.
Thick and white, odourless
Occurs at the beginning and end of a cycle and is normal.
Ovulation Clear and stretchy
Amniotic fluid/ Rupture of membranes Clear, causing vaginal pH >4.5
[1 ] Occurs in
Candidiasis Thick, white, clumpy
'Yeast infection'. Inflamed
Trichomoniasis Copious, green, frothy
Gonorrhoea Creamy white or yellow, odourless
Bacterial Vaginosis Thin, grey or green, fishy odour.
is often used to designate mucus discharge from the urethra or vagina, blennorrhea while [2 ] blennorrhagia designates an excess of such discharge, often specifically referring to that seen in [3 ] gonorrhea.
References [ edit ]
^ Vaginal pH Test from Point of Care Testing, July 2009, at: University of California, San Francisco – Department of Laboratory Medicine. Prepared by: Patricia Nassos, PhD, MT and Clayton Hooper, RN.
Dorland's Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers. Copyright 2007
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright 2007
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright 2003