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.
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:
Several factors may upset the balance of your vagina, causing an abnormal discharge. Some of the most common causes of vaginal discharge include:
Many cases of abnormal vaginal discharge are due to yeast or bacterial infections. You can help prevent these infections by doing the following:
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.