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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.
|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||Occurs in pregnancy|
|Candidiasis||Thick, white, clumpy||'Yeast infection'. Inflamed cervix.|
|Trichomoniasis||Copious, green, frothy|
|Gonorrhoea||Creamy white or yellow, odourless|
|Bacterial Vaginosis||Thin, grey or green, fishy odour.|
The term blennorrhea is often used to designate mucus discharge from the urethra or vagina, while blennorrhagia designates an excess of such discharge, often specifically referring to that seen in gonorrhea.
- 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.
- thefreedictionary.com/blennorrhea, citing:
- Dorland's Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers. Copyright 2007
- The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright 2007
- thefreedictionary.com/blennorrhagia citing:
- McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright 2003