Vaginal discharge is a liquid that comes from the vagina. Healthy discharge is normal and a sign of good vaginal health. It can change in color, consistency, and amount throughout the menstrual cycle. However, if a person notices unusual changes in the color, odor, or consistency of their vaginal discharge, this may be a sign that there is an underlying health condition that may need treatment. Symptoms of abnormal vaginal discharge include odor, itching, irritation, or burning. Most women have at least one episode of vaginitis during their lives, making it the most common gynecologic diagnosis.
Vaginal discharge can have causes that are not due to underlying disease. Examples include menstruation, sexual intercourse, or certain hygienic methods such as douches and bidets. Are you having a vaginal discharge? Visit your urgent care near you.