Sagar Patel, M.D.
Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Holmdel, NJ
Clear, mucousy vaginal discharge is normal in women of childbearing years, but odorous or discolored discharges may indicate a problem. Sagar Patel, MD, OBGYN of Holmdel, New Jersey can help diagnose and treat the source of abnormal vaginal discharges. If you’re concerned about vaginal discharge, call or click online today to book an appointment with Dr. Patel.
Vaginal Discharge Q & A
What is vaginal discharge?
Vaginas are like self-cleaning ovens, secreting clear mucus on a regular basis to aid in housekeeping. Glands within your vagina and cervix create this fluid to flush out dead cells and bacteria, preventing infection.
Normal vaginal discharge may vary in amount, hue, and odor depending on the time of the month. For example, the number of discharge increases while you’re ovulating, breastfeeding, or are sexually aroused. These variations should be subtle and not cause for concern.
If you find a very noticeable change in the color, smell, or consistency of your vaginal discharge, it may be a sign of an infection or other condition.
Vaginal discharges may appear as any of the following:
- Thick, pasty, or thin
- Clear, cloudy, or bloody
- White, yellow, brown, or green
- Odorless or having a foul odor
What causes abnormal vaginal discharge?
Several factors may upset the balance of your vagina, causing an abnormal discharge. Some of the most common causes of vaginal discharge include:
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Cervical cancer
- Chlamydia or gonorrhea
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Yeast infections
How can you prevent vaginal infections?
Many cases of abnormal vaginal discharge are due to yeast or bacterial infections. You can help prevent these infections by doing the following:
- Wash your vagina regularly with mild soap and warm water
- Avoid scented soaps, douches, and other feminine products
- Wipe from front to back after going to the bathroom
- Wear underwear made from a breathable fabric, such as cotton
How does an OBGYN treat vaginal discharge?
First, Dr. Patel performs an exam to diagnose the cause of your vaginal discharge. He may ask questions about your sexual health and menstrual cycle.
The treatment he prescribes depends on the cause of the discharge. If a yeast infection causes it, he may prescribe antifungal medications. If bacteria is the culprit, antibiotics will clear up the infection.
If a more severe condition causes your vaginal discharge, Dr. Patel counsels you on the best treatment options available.
If you notice unusual changes in your vaginal discharge, call or click online to book an appointment with Dr. Patel today.