Normal vaginal fluids can vary. They might be thin and slightly sticky to thick and gummy. They can be clear to white or off-white in color. The amount of discharge can also vary depending upon a girl?s/ women?s menstrual cycle. For example, it tends to be a bit heavier around ovulation time; which is when an egg is released from the ovary and moves into the fallopian tube.
Normal discharge might have a slight odor (smell) but should not cause itching or burning. Problems like itching, a strong odor, or a change in color (such as brown, gray, or green) indicate that a you may have a vaginal infection and should see a doctor.
Excessive vaginal discharge warning signs:
Change in color of the secretions
If you notice that the color of your vaginal secretions has changed from being a clear-milky fluid to yellow or is green in color with a foul smell to it; this may be a sign of an infection. ?It could be indicative of a fungal, bacterial or viral infection. This sign could also serve to be an early symptom of a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Change in consistency
If you notice a change in your secretions along with some pain and change in the color, you should make contact your health care provider.
Burning and itching sensation
Excessive discharge along with a burning or itching sensation is an indication that you may have an infection. Proper medical attention can easily solve this issue.
Pain during intercourse, despite the secretions by your vagina that helps to serve as lubricant, indicates that there is a chance of an infection or other issue that you should discuss with a gynecologist.
What you can do?
Visit your gynecologist
It is better to visit a gynecologist when you experience any change in the secretions of your vagina to get a detailed evaluation done. If your vaginal discharge indicates any kind of urinary tract infection(UTI), it can be treated effectively with medications. At times one might also be advised to go for a pap smear to be screened for cervical cancer which is common among women. Treatment of an STD might be required if you suffer from one.
Keep your vaginal area clean
Hygiene plays an important role in keeping the vaginal area healthy and free of infections. So maintain high levels of cleanliness to keep your privates free of infections. Avoid perfumed washes and douches as they could disrupt the normal pH balance of the area. Washing with warm water and a mild vaginal wash twice a day should serve the purpose.
Have a balanced diet
In a subtle manner, diet also helps to maintain vaginal health and fight infections. Avoid foods that are acidic in nature and include more fruits and yogurt, as this can neutralize the acid content in the body.
Get some rest
Adequate rest is essential as it strengthens the immune function, protecting you against various infections and it is also necessary for the optimal functioning of the human body.