Vaginal discharge

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Vaginal discharge
Classification and external resources
DiseasesDB 28137
MedlinePlus 003158
MeSH D019522

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.

Example Features Notes
Cyclical Thick and white, odourless Occurs at the beginning and end of a cycle and is normal.
Ovulation Clear and stretchy Occurs during ovulation.
Amniotic fluid/Rupture of membranes Clear, causing vaginal pH >4.5[1] Occurs in pregnancy
Candidiasis Thick, white, clumpy 'Yeast infection'. Inflamed cervix.
Trichomoniasis Copious, green, frothy
Gonorrhoea Creamy white or yellow, odourless
Chlamydia Purulent, malodorous
Bacterial Vaginosis Thin, grey or green, fishy odour.

The term blennorrhea is often used to designate mucus discharge from the urethra or vagina,[2] while blennorrhagia designates an excess of such discharge,[3] often specifically referring to that seen in gonorrhea.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ thefreedictionary.com/blennorrhea, citing:
    • Dorland's Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers. Copyright 2007
    • The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright 2007
  3. ^ thefreedictionary.com/blennorrhagia citing:
    • McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright 2003