Vaginal Discharge

What causes vaginal discharge?

Vaginal discharge is a normal part of the female reproductive system. However, sometimes it becomes different in color, texture, odor, or frequency. This may indicate a gynecological condition. Some of the common causes of abnormal vaginal discharge are:


Discharge can change if you’re taking antibiotics, steroids, birth control pills, or other medications.


Certain sexually transmitted diseases, like chlamydia or gonorrhea, can cause changes in vaginal discharge.


Bacteria, fungal, or parasitic infections can also lead to excess or abnormal vaginal discharge.

Medical conditions

Conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or diabetes can change the vaginal environment and lead to discharge.

What are the symptoms of vaginal discharge?

Normally, discharge is clear and somewhat sticky. If you notice any of the following symptoms, it may indicate abnormal vaginal discharge:

  • Yellow, cloudy, pink, or gray discharge
  • A lumpy, cottage cheese-like texture
  • A foul-smelling or unusual odor
  • Vaginal itching or irritation
  • Burning or stinging when urinating

How is abnormal vaginal discharge treated?

If you’re experiencing abnormal discharge, your physician at Pure OBGYN starts with a pelvic exam and discusses your health history with you.

Treatment depends on the cause of your condition, and may include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Topical creams
  • Antifungal medication
  • Vitamins or dietary recommendations

You might also need to practice different hygiene habits to help support balanced vaginal health. If you have a sexually transmitted disease, you’ll need to complete specific treatment related to your condition.

What can I expect after treatment for abnormal vaginal discharge?

It may take some time for your body to return to a normal state, especially if you have a chronic condition or an infection. The vagina has a delicate pH balance that’s easy to disrupt, so maintain good hygiene habits to keep it clean and healthy.

After your initial treatment, your physician may recommend a follow-up pelvic exam to make sure you’re in good health.

If you have signs of abnormal vaginal discharge, visit Pure OBGYN to have a specialist diagnose your symptoms. Call or click to book an appointment online today.