Vaginal secretions from glands in the vagina and vulva vary with the menstrual cycle. The secretions are usually clear or whitish. This type of vaginal discharge is normal.
However, if there is a change in the discharge, such that the discharge becomes watery, cloudy, frothy or thick, it may be a sign of infection.
Other symptoms of infection include:
- Burning pain when passing urine
- Itching or burning pain in the vagina and genital area
- The discharge may vary in color (milky white, yellow or green)
- Discharge may have a sweet, fishy or bad smell
• Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonas are the main types of sexually transmitted bacterial infection commonly causing a vaginal discharge
•Ureaplasma and mycoplasma are also bacterial infections that may cause vaginal discharge
•Pelvic inflammatory disease and chronic pelvic pain
•Infertility and ectopic pregnancy
•Premature deliveries and low birth weight babies
•Increased risk of contracting other STIs and HIV
Do take note that some STDs/STIs may not have symptoms in the early stages of infection. Symptoms may sometimes take months to develop.
Be responsible. If you are in a new sexual relationship, or have had casual sex, you should screen for STD. Persuade your partners to be screened as well.
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