A discharge from the female private part is most often a normal occurrence because the glands inside your vagi*a and cervix make small amounts of fluid. This fluid flows out of the vagina daily, carrying out old cells that have lined the vagi*a, and this is your body’s way of keeping your private part healthy and clean. Such discharge is usually clear or milky and doesn’t have a bad smell, but the colour and thickness of the discharge change with your monthly cycle.
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More so, the discharge is thicker during ovulation (when one of your ovaries releases an egg) or breastfeeding. However, some discharges can signify an infection, most, especially when it is an abnormal discharge which may be yellow or green, chunky in consistency, or have a foul smell. What causes such bad discharge is Yeast or bacterial infection.
It is also worthy to know that, any change in the vagi*a's balance of normal bacteria can affect the smell, colour, or discharge texture. Furthermore, in the case of abnormal discharge, here below are some causes;
This is a type of infection that is caused by a protozoan or single-celled organism. It is frequently spread by being entangled; however, it can also be contracted by sharing towels or bathing suits. This infection results in a yellow or green discharge accompanied by a foul odour. Sporadically, it is accompanied by pains, inflammation, and itching in some people.
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This is a fungal infection that produces white, cottage cheese-like discharge accompanied by burning and itching sensations. However, be aware that, yeast presence in the vagina is normal, but its growth can multiply out of control in certain situations causing such discharge.
This is a common infection, and it causes an increase in private area discharge accompanied by a strong, foul, and sometimes fishy odour, although it sometimes doesn't have symptoms in some cases. Women who are at risk of having this kind of infection are those who receive oral sex or have multiple sexual partners.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
PID is an infection that’s often spread by entanglement. This disease occurs when bacteria spread up in the private parts and into other reproductive organs. It may develop a heavy, foul-smelling discharge as well.
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Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia
These two are transmitted infections (STIs) that can also cause an abnormal discharge in women as well. The symptoms are usually, yellow, greenish, or cloudy discharge.
NB: If you notice any discharge that looks unusual or smells foul, make sure you see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment immediately.
Source: Healthline, WebMD, Family Doctor and Google Search.
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