Most of the time, vaginal discharge is no cause for concern, but some types of discharge can be a sign of a problem. OB/GYN Ededet Udo, MD, FACOG, and the team at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center provide individualized treatment for diseases that cause vaginal discharge. If you think you have an abnormal vaginal discharge, call the office in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City or book an appointment online.
Vaginal discharge is a mixture of fluid and cells shed through your vagina on a regular basis. Though typically a normal occurrence, certain types of vaginal discharge can indicate an infection. Abnormal discharge may be yellow or green, foul-smelling, or have a chunky consistency.
You should call Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center any time you notice vaginal discharge that appears different than normal or has a bad smell. You should also make an appointment if the discharge occurs with other symptoms, like vaginal itching or burning.
The team at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center diagnoses and treats all types of vaginal discharge, including:
Your normal vaginal discharge may be milky white or clear. The discharge may change to a thicker, more opaque white during ovulation.
White discharge that has a thick and clumpy consistency like cottage cheese may be a sign of a yeast infection. This often occurs with vaginal itching and burning.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of grayish-white discharge. BV discharge usually has a foul, fishy smell. About 30% of women of child-bearing age get BV at some point.
There are two possible causes of greenish-yellow discharge: desquamative inflammatory vaginitis (DIV) and trichomoniasis. DIV most often affects women who experience vaginal atrophy after menopause. Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
First, your doctor at Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center reviews your symptoms and medical and sexual history. They ask questions about the color, consistency, and smell of the discharge and whether it seems to be related to certain events, like your menstrual cycle or sex.
They perform a physical and pelvic exam, which may include a culture to identify the specific yeast, bacteria, or virus that’s causing your vaginal discharge.
Based on the results, they develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses the underlying infection. Most vaginal infections resolve with oral or topical medication. Your provider may also advise you on how to prevent STDs and vaginal infections in the future.
If you’re worried about vaginal discharge, call Harlem Esthetic Rejuvenation Center, or book an appointment online today.