Vaginal Discharge Specialist

Pinecroft OBGYN

Samuel Bharksuwan, MD, FACOG

OB-GYN located in Spring, TX

Abnormal vaginal discharge is often the first sign of a problem for women who have infections and other conditions. Dr. Samuel Bharksuwan at Pinecroft OBGYN is a board-certified gynecologist who is passionate about helping women in Spring, Texas, take control over their health. Dr. Bharksuwan helps his patients understand what various discharges may mean and what steps should be taken.

Vaginal Discharge Q & A

What is normal vaginal discharge?

Throughout the menstrual cycle, vaginal discharge is a normal occurrence. It can signal fertility and ovulation. Normal discharge is clear, white, and odorless. As the body nears ovulation, it becomes thin and stretchy, like egg whites. Near menstruation, it becomes stickier, but it never has a foul odor.

What is abnormal vaginal discharge?

Most women are fairly familiar with their normal vaginal discharge. Changes in discharge are a sign of a problem. Some symptoms to watch for include:

  • Discharge accompanied by itching, burning, or pain
  • Increased discharge that is abnormal for the woman
  • Discharge that's thin and gray
  • Discharge that includes mucus or pus
  • Frothy, yellow-green discharge
  • Discharge that looks like cottage cheese
  • Thick, white discharge
  • Discharge with a strong unpleasant odor

Women noticing these symptoms need to make an appointment with Dr. Bharksuwan right away to rule out an infection.

What causes vaginal discharge?

Abnormal vaginal discharge can indicate:

  • Vaginitis
  • Vaginal injury
  • Yeast infection
  • Allergic reaction

To pinpoint the cause, women need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bharksuwan for testing.

How is vaginal discharge diagnosed and treated?

Uncomfortable or foul-smelling discharge must be tested to determine the cause. Dr. Bharksuwan will take and test a sample of the discharge to determine if there's an infection or other problem. He'll also perform a pelvic exam to look for physical signs in the vagina to indicate the cause. Once the problem has been identified, treatment includes lifestyle changes and medication to stop the problem and prevent future issues.

What is vaginitis?

Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina, which occurs when the normal balance of yeast and bacteria in the vagina is disrupted. Vaginitis can accompany yeast infections but they aren’t the same thing.

How can a woman prevent vaginal infections or discharge?

To prevent the risk of yeast infections and other vaginal infections, women should:

  • Keep the genital area clean
  • Wear breathable undergarments
  • Avoid scented bathing products and sprays
  • Avoid douching
  • Avoid antibiotics or other medications that could disrupt the balance, when possible
  • Dry the vaginal area thoroughly after bathing

For more information on preventing reproductive system problems, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bharksuwan at Pinecroft OBGYN.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At the office of Dr. Bharksuwan, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross
Assurant Health
Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Humana
Memorial Hermann
PHCS
United Healthcare