Vaginal Discharge (cont.)
Vaginal Discharge Symptoms
Vaginal discharge may range in color from clear to gray, yellow, greenish, or
milky-white and may have an unpleasant smell. The symptoms and character of
vaginal discharge depend upon the specific condition that is the cause of the
- Not all women with bacterial vaginosis will have symptoms, but bacterial
vaginosis typically produces a discharge that is thin and grayish-white in
color. It is usually accompanied by a foul, fishy smell.
- Trichomonas infection produces a frothy, yellow-green vaginal discharge
with a strong odor. Associated symptoms can include
intercourse and urination, as well as irritation and
itching of the female
- Gonorrhea may be not produce symptoms in up to 50% of infected women, but
it can also cause burning with urination or
frequent urination, a yellowish
vaginal discharge, redness and swelling of the genitals, and a burning or
itching of the vaginal area.
- Like gonorrhea, chlamydia infection may not produce symptoms in many women.
Others may experience increased vaginal discharge as well as the symptoms of a
urinary tract infection if the
urethra is involved.
- A vaginal yeast infection is usually associated with a
thick, white vaginal discharge that may have the texture of cottage cheese. The
discharge is generally odorless. Other symptoms can include burning, soreness,
during urination or sexual intercourse.
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