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.
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.
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:
Women noticing these symptoms need to make an appointment with Dr. Bharksuwan right away to rule out an infection.
Abnormal vaginal discharge can indicate:
To pinpoint the cause, women need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bharksuwan for testing.
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.
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.
To prevent the risk of yeast infections and other vaginal infections, women should:
For more information on preventing reproductive system problems, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bharksuwan at Pinecroft OBGYN.
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